As we all continue to monitor news about coronavirus from across the globe - whether it be for work, for personal awareness, or both - I wanted to take a moment to reach out to those who live right here in Leland.
Sifting through the daily reports from countless news outlets, scrolling through all the social media posts, and discussing the virus with family and friends can be, in a word, overwhelming. It's hard to know which news reports are the most accurate and up-to-date, and you can't always differentiate fact from rumor or misinformation on social media and in day-to-day conversations.
That's why I just want everyone to know that, as always, we here at the Town have your best interests on our minds and in our hearts. Town staff has been working directly with Brunswick County officials to monitor the virus and proactively prepare and take precautions. The County put a coronavirus plan in place two months ago, and continues to share any updates or changes to that plan with Leland and all other Brunswick County towns and municipalities.
I hope that you will read the information provided in this newsletter and keep it in your inbox for the helpful resources and tips it contains. Please remember to seek information from reliable sources, such as the CDC website dedicated specifically to the coronavirus. Try to go about your daily lives as normal, with some added precautions like frequent hand washing and use of sanitizing wipes and gels. And, of course, if you think you may have symptoms of coronavirus, contact your regular medical provider right away.
Finally, I'd like to say that trying times test the strength of individuals, families, and communities. I believe we are a community that cares and I encourage you all to treat your neighbors with kindness and patience and offer a helping hand if needed.
Town of Leland Updates
Town Hall will remain open under normal business hours at this time.
All Leland Town Council meetings, as well as Town committee and board meetings, will continue as scheduled at this time.
Town parks will remain open and operate under normal hours at this time, but all park activities and programs have been postponed effective immediately.
All Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) events, classes, and programs will be postponed indefinitely beginning Monday, March 16. Further information regarding cancellations, refunds and other related details will be forthcoming on the LCAC website. Call (910) 385-9891 with any questions.
The LCAC will be closed to the public until further notice starting March 16.
This event, originally scheduled for Friday, March 20, has been postponed indefinitely. Check LCAC's website and event calendar for any updates.
Canceled: Bark in the Park
This year's Bark in the Park, held annually in partnership with Capeside Animal Hospital and Furever Friends Animal Rescue, has been canceled. The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 21, in Founders Park.
This concert, originally scheduled for Sunday, March 22, has been postponed indefinitely. Check LCAC's website and event calendar for any updates.
Steps for Reducing the Spread
From the NC Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)
This week, NC DHHS announced recommendations for all NC residents to help reduce the spread of infection in order to protect lives and avoid strain on our health care system. NC DHHS recommends following the steps below for the next 30 days, at which point DHHS will re-assess the situation and announce any updates.
If you have symptoms
If you need medical care and have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) or suspect you might have it, call ahead to notify your health care provider. This will allow them to take steps to keep others from being exposed.
If you are high-risk without symptoms
People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should stay at home to the extent possible to decrease the chance of infection. High-risk individuals are identified as 65 or older or anyone with underlying health conditions (including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes) or weakened immune systems.
Preemptive closure of educational facilities is not recommended at this time but NC DHHS does encourage schools and child care centers to cancel or reduce large events and gatherings and field trips, limit interactions within the facilities, and consider distance or e-learning in some settings. School dismissals may be necessary when staff or student absenteeism impacts the ability to remain open. Short-term closures may also be needed to facilitate public health investigation and/or cleaning if a case is diagnosed in a student or staff member.
In the workplace
Employers and employees should use teleworking technologies to the greatest extent possible, stagger work schedules, and consider canceling non-essential travel. Larger meetings should be held virtually, whenever possible, and work spaces should be optimized for proper distance (at least 6 feet) between employees. Employees who are sick should stay home.
In the community
NC DHHS recommends that organizers of events that draw more than 100 people should cancel, postpone or modify these events or offer online streaming services.
This event, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 28, has been postponed indefinitely. Check LCAC's website and event calendar for any updates.
Senior centers will close to the public beginning Monday, March 16.Staff at Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. plans to prepare meals for pick-up via drive-through or home delivery during the centers’ closures. Individuals currently receiving home-delivered meals will have no interruptions to their service.
County offices, parks, and libraries will remain open and operate under normal hours at this time.
All County-organized library and Cooperative Extension events are suspended, and all park activities and programs are canceled effective immediately.
All County Commissioner meetings and other County board meetings will continue as scheduled at this time.
Business Expo Postponed
Out of an abundance of caution for our community and local business representatives, the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce's Business Expo scheduled for this Saturday, March 14, at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, will be postponed to Saturday, May 30.