COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
North Carolina State Updates
On May 20, 2020 Governor Cooper signed Executive Order 141 to lift the North Carolina Stay at Home order, moving the state to a Safer at Home recommendation, and also to transition the state to Phase 2 of further easing certain COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, May 22 at 5:00 p.m. (FAQs)
Governor Cooper signed Executive Order 138 to modify North Carolina’s Stay At Home order and transition to Phase 1 of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, May 8 at 5 p.m. (FAQs | Guidance)
On Thursday, April 23, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper extended the North Carolina Stay at Home Order has been extended through May 8. Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned and everyone should stay at least 6 feet apart. (Press release) Governor Cooper has also released North Carolina’s plan to lift restrictions based on virus trends. In sharing a path for easing certain restrictions, Governor Cooper says more progress is needed in testing, tracing and trends.
On Thursday, April 9, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 131 which includes stronger statewide social distancing requirements for retail stores still operating. Stores are required to limit the number of customers in the store at any one time and mark six-foot distances for customers at check-out counters. Employers are urged to provide sneeze shields and other protective gear to workers. In addition, the order also makes earlier COVID-19 guidelines mandatory for nursing facilities and issues changes to speed up certain benefit payments to those who are out of work. This additional order from Governor Roy Cooper goes into effect on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Read the press release and the FAQs.
On Friday, March 27, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 121, a statewide Stay at Home Order beginning Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. until April 29, 2020. The Executive Order directs people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others. Read the press release and the FAQs. For more information, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website here.
This order supersedes the Stay at Home Order already in place in Mecklenburg County and the Town of Davidson.
Mecklenburg County Updates
As of May 22, 2020 at 5 p.m. Mecklenburg County has entered Phase 2 of reopening with the rest of the State of North Carolina under Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 141.
Mecklenburg County residents are under North Carolina’s Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions.
- .Frequently Asked Questions about Phase 2
- The Three Ws: WEAR a face covering, WAIT six feet apart, and WASH your hands often.
- To learn more about N.C. Safer at Home Phase 2, call 211.
Follow the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) for statewide information and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for national and international information.
- North Carolina public schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.
- A Level 4 Travel Advisory has been issued warning all Americans to avoid international travel.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has expanded its list of possible symptoms of COVID-19, ranging from mild to severe. They are fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell. If you feel sick, consult your healthcare provider or call the Public Health hotline at 980-314-9400.
For the latest, most up-to-date information, visit the Mecklenburg County Public Health website here.
Town of Davidson Updates
- Mecklenburg County residents are under North Carolina’s Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions.
- Town buildings, including town hall, are closed to the public.
- Information about local businesses may be found here.
- All town-sponsored events have been canceled through May 30, 2020.
- All Mecklenburg County, North Carolina State, and federal orders do take effect in the Town of Davidson.
- Information on How You Can Help is available here.
May 22, 2020- North Carolina Enters Phase 2 of Reopening Today at 5pm, Safer at Home
Governor Cooper issued Executive Order No. 141 that outlines what is allowed in North Carolina under Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan. The Order moves North Carolina into a Safer at Home “Phase 2” of easing certain COVID-19 restrictions. The information is subject to change in light of new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance and additional Executive Orders or local government declarations.
- Phase 2 begins on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5:00p.m. and remains in place until June 26, 2020, unless changed or cancelled.
- The Order lifts the Stay at Home Order. However, it is important to stay home if you are sick.
- While in public, people should wear a cloth face covering, practice social distancing by waiting six feet apart from others while in public, and wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.
- High-risk individuals are urged to stay at home and travel only for absolutely essential purposes. The CDC defines high-risk individuals as:
- People 65 years or older; and
- People of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions, including: people who are immunocompromised or have chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis, or liver disease.
- Town of Davidson’s Town Hall and other facilities remain closed to the public at this time.
Read more here.
May 20, 2020 - Town of Davidson Holds Special Meeting Discussing COVID-19 Response
The Town of Davidson Board of Commissioners called a special meeting last night to discuss the town’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the threat of the novel coronavirus became apparent in our community, the Town of Davidson has been working under the umbrella of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management and Mecklenburg County Public Health to best address the crisis. At the end of April, Mecklenburg County and the six towns, including Davidson, shifted from the countywide Stay-at-Home Order to the North Carolina statewide Stay-at-Home Order. On May 8, 2020, the Town of Davidson moved to Phase 1 of reopening under Governor Cooper’s Executive Order, aligning Davidson and the rest of Mecklenburg County with the majority of the State of North Carolina.
With increasing concern about this course of action, the Town of Davidson Board of Commissioners spoke at length during their May 12, 2020 work session about the potential need to enact further restrictions within the town in order to best protect our community. Elected officials charged staff with researching a number of potential options that the board could choose to pursue if they decided to forge a different path from the rest of Mecklenburg County and/or the State of North Carolina. These options were presented and discussed last night at a special board of commissioners meeting called specifically for that purpose.
MASKS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED; TOWN PLANS TO MOVE TO PHASE 2 WITH STATE
The Davidson Board of Commissioners decided to strongly recommend the use of masks by the public in all spaces where social distancing is not possible. The town will begin a public awareness campaign that will include signage posted in many public spaces around town and sharing the message digitally on social media and through the town’s website and email channels. The town board also requested that if businesses decide to require face coverings for employees and patrons, then they should post signage for public notification purposes. The town will also seek to make masks available for those who need them. More details about pick-up locations and their hours will be forthcoming.
As a reminder, whether you are wearing a face mask as encouraged or not, all individuals are also asked to observe social distancing as much as possible and wash their hands or use hand sanitizer often. This plea is to ensure the safety of our community.
At the meeting, the board of commissioners also indicated that Davidson will follow Mecklenburg County and the State of North Carolina in the move to Phase 2 as recommended by county and state health officials. Further steps will be taken within the Town of Davidson to ensure the health and safety of our residents as much as possible, such as the addition of hand sanitizer stations at various high traffic locations around town, providing businesses with signage to help their customers maintain the important physical distance that keeps the spread of COVID-19 down, and more. The board will continue to monitor the situation closely in order to advocate for the best interests concerning the health and safety of Davidson residents and businesses as the COVID-19 crisis continues.
May 8, 2020 - North Carolina Enters Phase 1 of Reopening Today at 5pm, Stay-at-Home Order Remains in Effect
Governor Cooper issued Executive Order No. 138 that outlines what is allowed in North Carolina under Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan. The information is subject to change in light of new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance and additional Executive Orders or local government declarations.
- Phase 1 begins today, Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5:00p.m. and remains in place until 5:00p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020.
- The Stay-at-Home Order has not been lifted. People should continue to stay at home. Executive Order No. 138 increases the number of reasons people are allowed to leave. All North Carolina residents should continue to stay at home except for the purposes outlined in the order.
- Anyone who is feeling sick should stay home and leave the house only to seek health care or for some other necessary reason.
- COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus, and state officials will continue to monitor key metrics. COVID-19 spreads easily from person to person, especially indoors or if people come in close contact for more than ten minutes. All residents should continue to exercise extreme caution when in public.
- Town of Davidson’s Town Hall and other facilities remain closed to the public during Phase 1.
Read more here.
May 5, 2020 - A Message from the Davidson Board of Commissioners
To the Davidson Community,
Last week, Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte and all six towns decided to transition from a county-wide Stay-at-Home Order to follow under Governor Cooper’s wider Stay-at-Home Order for the entire state of North Carolina. This change means a few more businesses in town are now able to offer curbside pickup as the definition of “essential businesses” has been slightly broadened. The transition to the state Stay-at-Home Order also allowed for tennis courts and parking lots at both Fisher Farm and Abersham Park to open at the end of last week.
We want to highlight just a few more important things as we move under the state’s order.
- COVID-19 STILL A CONCERN: This does NOT mean COVID-19 is no longer a concern in our community. We urge all residents to continue to stay at home as much as possible, leaving your homes only for essential trips, washing your hands and practicing good hygiene, wearing masks in situations where social and physical distancing is difficult. More guidance is available here.
- RESPECT THE ORDER: For those residents and businesses impacted by the transition to the state order, we are depending on you all to respect the guidance in this order. Please adhere to all restrictions from the state to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help the data keep trending in the right direction. Only through your responsible actions, and continued adherence to the Stay-at-Home Order by all residents, can we help move the needle toward a Phase I reopening.
- BE PATIENT: We know this continues to be a difficult situation for most of you, but we ask for your continued patience. Be kind to yourselves and to each other. We know everyone is eager to return to normal, but we also all recognize “normal” is still a way off. In the interim, we can be smart and compassionate as we care for ourselves, our families and friends, our neighbors, our local businesses, and the community we love here in Davidson.
Read more here.
April 28, 2020 - Mecklenburg County Transitions to State Stay at Home Order
Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte and the six county towns, have agreed to follow the State of North Carolina’s Stay at Home Order starting April 30.
Mecklenburg’s Stay at Home Order began March 26 and is more restrictive than the state order regarding certain businesses—including car dealerships, landscaping services, real estate brokerage, and other businesses not considered essential.
More details here.
April 22, 2020 - May Town of Davidson Events Canceled
As the situation continues to evolve with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Town of Davidson staff continue to work with Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Management on the current situation and also planning for the days and weeks ahead. Mecklenburg County shared last week that the County’s Stay at Home Order remains in effect until April 29, 2020 to match the Governor’s Executive Order 121 for the State of North Carolina.
Although the order is scheduled to conclude at the end of April, the unpredictability of COVID-19 makes it impractical to plan mass gatherings for the days and weeks immediately following the potential lifting of the order. Being mindful of the health and safety of the Davidson community as well as being respectful to our vendors, artists, musicians, and partners for the various town-wide events, the following events have been canceled:
- Town Day/Bike Expo - May 2
- Concert on the Green - May 3
- Davidson Connections - May 7
- Concert at the Circle - May 16
- Heart-to-Heart Turkish Dinner - May 16
- Concert on the Green - May 17
- Tour de Trees - May 23
Town of Davidson staff remain dedicated to serving the community and will continue to look for ways to provide virtual engagement opportunities during the COVID-19 crisis. They are working on potentially rescheduling canceled events when possible and planning for the future.
April 20, 2020 - Davidson Businesses Thrive Online!
You all know local businesses are the heart of Davidson. They have been working hard over the last several weeks to be resourceful and continue to provide excellent service to the community and succeed during very difficult times. Read about a few things you might not have realized our businesses are doing during the COVID-19 pandemic here.
April 17, 2020 - Town of Davidson Stays Positive, Shares Love During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Town of Davidson has been sharing a lot of important information with you over the last several weeks with regards to COVID-19. Today, we thought we’d highlight some of the incredible stories YOU have shared with US over that same time – stories that have inspired us and warmed our hearts. Read all about them here.
April 16, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates for the Town of Davidson
As the situation continues to evolve with regards to COVID-19, we want to be sure to keep our community members in-the-know with the most current information for our area. Please take note of the three important updates below coming from Mecklenburg County and the State of North Carolina:
EXTENSION OF MECKLENBURG COUNTY STAY AT HOME ORDER
The Mecklenburg County Stay at Home Order has been extended to April 29, 2020 to match the Governor’s Executive Order 121 for the State of North Carolina. The County’s Stay at Home Order will extend if the Governor extends the Order for North Carolina. To view the full details of the extension, please click HERE.
GUIDANCE ON MASKS
The Mecklenburg County Public Health Department is advising residents to use simple cloth face coverings when in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. grocery stores and pharmacies) in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help people who may be transmitting the virus without knowing it.
Most importantly, wearing a cloth face mask does NOT change the importance of complying with the state’s Stay at Home Order.
If you’d like information pertaining to the “dos and don’ts” of using a mask, please click HERE.
REQUIREMENTS FOR RETAIL STORES
This week, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 131 which offers clear requirements that essential businesses must implement in order to safeguard the health of customers and employees. Some of the directives include:
- Setting limits of how many people can be in a store at one time, 5 people per 1,000 square feet of retail space or 20% of fire marshal posted occupancy limits
- Marking six feet of distance in areas where people gather, such as checkout lines
- Requiring specific cleaning measures for retail stores
April 14, 2020 - A Message from Mayor Rusty Knox about COVID-19
Earlier this morning, Mayor Rusty Knox filmed this video and shared a few things he and the Davidson Board of Commissioners would like you all to keep in mind during the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 8, 2020 - Mecklenburg County Closes Parking Lots for County Parks
Mecklenburg County Commissioners announced last night, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, that park gates will be closed to all vehicles except bicycles. This closes all parking lots and auto traffic to these facilities effective today, April 8, 2020.
In Davidson, this closure affects both Fisher Farm Park and Abersham Park and closes the parking lots for both parks. All County parks remain open to the public for foot and bicycle traffic. Any cars parked illegally in closed lots or near the entrance to the parks will be towed.
Thank you for following these rules to help keep our community safe!
April 6, 2020 - Virtual Recreation Center is Now Open!
Running out of creative ways to spend your time at home? The Town of Davidson’s Parks and Recreation staff has compiled a list of suggestions for all ages, dubbed its Virtual Recreation Center, available here. We are committed to ensuring that our resilient community members have resources to maintain healthy lives, grow meaningful relationships and continue to have extraordinary experiences.
We plan to update the page regularly with new links, so if you have a favorite site or an interactive video, send it to us at email@example.com.
April 3, 2020 - Town of Davidson Fire Department Thanks YOU
As we’re now just over a week into the Stay at Home Order, Town of Davidson Fire Chief Bo Fitzgerald took a moment to thank town residents for their support during the COVID-19 pandemic and expresses his appreciation for folks staying at home. He notes it has made a true difference for first responders in our community!
March 31, 2020 - Help Recognize Our Gnome Town Heroes
The Town of Davidson recognizes that many residents want to help our local businesses in any way they can. Many of you continue to purchase take out from our restaurants and shop online from our retailers. All of our businesses are grateful for the support from our residents!
Our local businesses are focused on keeping their virtual doors open, and we are working to get them the support that they need, including funding available from the Small Business Administration and through the CARES Act. When the town asked our businesses if they needed anything, their collective response was, “no, thank you, but how can we help the community?” That’s not something you expect from every group of local business owners, but it’s something for which we are so thankful here in Davidson. Our businesses truly prioritize and value our community so deeply. In turn, we hope we can count on you to help us show them how much we appreciate them.
Learn how here.
March 30, 2020 - An Update from Town Manager Jamie Justice
It’s been a rough few weeks for everyone within the Town of Davidson community. We’ve faced new challenges together as we’ve moved through various responses to the coronavirus global pandemic – most recently moving to a Stay at Home order in Mecklenburg County that affects all Town of Davidson residents, followed at the end of last week with the announcement from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper that issued a Stay at Home Order for the entire state.
You’ve been receiving regular updates from the town as well as our elected officials about how we are handling this crisis at the local level. As the Town Manager, I can tell you I am extremely proud of how we have all been working together to ensure the health and safety of our community. It has also been particularly heartening to see the flurry of positivity going on in neighborhoods and in support of local businesses – this is not surprising for Davidson in the least, but still so good to see.
As the board noted in their last communication with you all, the team here has been working diligently to determine a path forward as appropriate for necessary town business, and I’d like to provide an update to that effect.
Read more here.
March 27, 2020- A Note from Mayor Rusty Knox and the Davidson Board of Commissioners
To the Davidson Community,
Yesterday, all of our cell phones simultaneously sounded at 7:50 a.m. The Stay at Home Order was about to take effect within Mecklenburg County, including those of us in the Town of Davidson. The COVID-19 pandemic is something that none of us expected to face while in office, or even in our lifetimes, but we can all agree these are unprecedented times.
Lucky for us, Davidson is a community unlike any other. If any town can (figuratively!) come together to meet a challenge head on, it’s Davidson.
Read the full message here.
March 24, 2020 - Mecklenburg County Issues Stay at Home Order
Mecklenburg County has issued a Stay at Home Order beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. in order to further combat the spread of COVID-19 in our community. This order directs all Mecklenburg County, including all Town of Davidson residents living in both Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties, to shelter at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs. This order is valid through April 16, 2020 but will be regularly reviewed and evaluated and may be revised, amended, or extended accordingly, based upon recommendations by the Mecklenburg County Public Health Director and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management.
A full list of FAQs may be viewed here.
Davidson Event Cancellations and Parks & Recreation Facilities
As a part of this order, the Town of Davidson will be closing all active recreation features including basketball courts, playgrounds and tennis courts.
Additionally, with the new order in effect and the Governor’s order, the following events have been canceled or postponed. Please visit the Town of Davidson website at townofdavidson.org for more information about potential reschedule dates when that information becomes available.
- All April Parks & Recreation Programming
- Concerts at the Circle: Rusty Knox Band – April 18
- Gallery Crawl – April 24
- Earth Day 50th Anniversary Festival - April 25
- Art on the Green – April 25 and 26
Town of Davidson Police and Fire departments will continue normal operations. Public Works will continue to work with a limited crew. All other departments will be working remotely.
Town staff are currently working through a plan to conduct Board of Commissioners and Advisory Board meetings remotely that complies with the open meetings law. . More information will be provided as it becomes available.
There are no changes to the WastePro schedule for trash and recycling pick-up. Any adjustments will be communicated.
March 23, 2020 - Town of Davidson State of Emergency
Today, March 23, 2020, Mayor Rusty Knox signed a Proclamation of a State of Emergency in the Town of Davidson. You can view the full proclamation here.
March 19, 2020 - A Note from Mayor Rusty Knox
Friends, Neighbors, Davidson Family,
I think we all recognize that we live in a special place. Davidson is best when it’s time to pull together. This time – the ask is tough, though. How do you come together when you’re asked to maintain social distance, when you’re asked to work from home, schools are closed, businesses shutter, and nothing feels normal?
We do what we’ve always done. It just might look a little different this time.
Read the full message here.
March 17, 2020 - Town of Davidson Closes Town Buildings, Including Town Hall, to Public
With the ever-evolving guidance regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Town of Davidson has decided to make the proactive decision to close town buildings, including town hall, to the public to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 in our community effective immediately.
Read the full message here.
March 16, 2020 - Town of Davidson Community Rallies to Support Local Businesses
Many Davidson retailers are offering specials and curbside pick-up during the next few weeks. Please consider supporting our local businesses by calling in to place orders and pick up in one of the conveniently marked parking spaces for pick-up.
See the full, and updated list, of local businesses offering curbside pick up, as well as those who have temporarily closed, here.
March 16, 2020 - Upcoming Events Canceled
Based upon recommendations from the Mecklenburg County Public Health limiting gatherings to no more than 50 people, the town is taking the following actions:
- Town Parks & Recreation programming and Civics 101 class will be suspended until further notice.
- Staff who can work remotely are being encouraged to do so.
- First responders remain ready and prepared to serve the public, following all recommended procedures and protocols.
The following town events will be canceled and rescheduled for later dates when possible:
Board of Commissioners and Advisory Boards
Livability Board Meeting – March 17 at 7pm at Davidson Town Hall
Design Review Board Meeting – March 18 at 7pm at Davidson Town Hall
Board of Commissioners Meeting – March 24 at 6pm at Davidson Town Hall
Board of Commissioners Q&A – March 26 at 6:30pm at The Linden
Planning Board Meeting - March 30 at 7pm at Davidson Town Hall
Arbor Day Celebration – March 20 at 11am at Parks and Recreation
2nd Annual Mark Swaney Scholarship Basketball Game – March 20 at 4pm at Community School of Davidson
251 South Street Public Input Session – March 31 at 6pm at Ada Jenkins Center
Davidson Connections – April 2 at 9am at Homewood Suites
Beaty Park Volunteer Work Day – April 4 at Beaty Park
Read the full message here.