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State Implements County COVID Warning System PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 10:13
Governor Roy Cooper announced a new COVID-19 County Alert System to pinpoint counties with the highest levels of viral spread and offer specific recommendations to bring numbers down. This system will help give local leaders another tool to understand how their county is faring and to make decisions about actions to slow viral spread. The map will be updated every four weeks. 
“By pinpointing counties with high virus transmission and asking everyone in those counties to work with us and do more right now to slow the spread of the virus, we can succeed,” Governor Cooper said. “It can help bring down their case rates, keep their communities safer, save lives and keep their hospital systems working.”
“It’s going to take all of us working together to avoid tightening restrictions like so many states are now doing,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen. “The COVID-19 County Alert System gives North Carolinians an easy way to see how their county is doing and know what they can do protect their family and neighbors and slow the spread of this virus.”
The system uses metrics informed by the White House Coronavirus Task Force and North Carolina’s key metrics to categorize counties into three tiers:
Yellow: Significant Community Spread
Orange: Substantial Community Spread
Red: Critical Community Spread
Because no one metric provides a complete picture, the COVID-19 County Alert System uses a combination of three metrics: case rate, the percent of tests that are positive, and hospital impact within the county. 
To be assigned to the red or orange tier, a county must meet the threshold for case rate for that tier AND the threshold for either percent positive OR hospital impact. 
Case Rate: The number of new cases in 14 days per 100,000 people


Percent Positive: The percent of tests that are positive over 14 days 


Hospital Impact: A composite score based on the impact that COVID-19 has had on hospitals including percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations, COVID-19 related visits to the Emergency Department, staffed open hospital beds, and critical staffing shortages over 14 days
State Offers $10,000 Award For Murder Of Edenton Child PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 10:08
The State of North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Makiia Slade, age 9, and the critical wounding of her mother, Shatory Hunter Slade, age 30.
On July 24, 2020, Ms. Hunter Slade was driving home on Highway 17 near the intersection of West Queen Street in Edenton, North Carolina. At approximately 10:15 p.m. it is believed more than one person shot at her vehicle as she was taking the exit toward home. The bullets entered her car, critically injuring her and killing Makiia Slade.   
Anyone with information about this case should contact the Chowan County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 482-8484 or the State Bureau of Investigation at (919) 662-4500.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2020 10:09
Two District Court Judges Appointed For Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Stanly And Montgomery Counties PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 10:01
Governor Roy Cooper has appointed judges to Judicial Districts 13 and 20A, which serve Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties and Stanly and Montgomery counties, respectively.
“These appointees are bringing years of valuable legal experience to the bench,” Gov. Cooper said. “I know that their expertise and leadership will make them strong, fair district court judges.”
Quintin McGee will serve as a District Court Judge in Judicial District 13, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William Fairley. He currently serves as the Chief Assistant District Attorney North Carolina’s 13th and 15th District and has experience working in criminal, civil and family law. He serves on the boards of multiple organizations including Communities in Schools of Brunswick County, Bladen County Juvenile Prevention Council and the Boy Scouts of America Cape Fear Council. McGee earned his Juris Doctor at North Carolina Central University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
Phillip Cornett will serve as a District Court Judge in Judicial District 20A and fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William Tucker. He has served as the Assistant District Attorney for Prosecutorial Districts 28 and 16C. Cornett has several years of experience as a private practice lawyer and previously was a Judicial Clerk on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He earned his Juris Doctor at Elon University School of Law, his Bachelor of Arts degree at Western Carolina University and his Associate in Science degree at Stanly Community College.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2020 10:07
Union County Recognized For Technology Practices PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 09:11

Union County is being recognized as a national leader in implementing the best technology practices among more than 3,000 U.S. counties.

The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties awarded Union County 10th place in its population category in the 17th annual Digital Counties Survey. The survey analyzes innovative initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage collaboration and shared services, enhance cybersecurity and contribute to disaster response recovery efforts.

“Our team has worked hard to constantly evolve Union County’s technology programs and plans; enabling us to continue providing residents exceptional access to important services,” said Carl Lucas, Director of Information Systems.

Contributing factors for the County receiving this award include upgrading audio and video systems for livestreaming Board of Commissioners meetings and plans for a robust data analytics program that will store more documents digitally. In similar cost-saving measures, moving to paperless systems has saved up to $15,000.

“Union County will continue implementing strategies that improve transparency and boost resident engagement,” said County Manager Mark Watson. “These technologies improve our efficiency and lower the cost of providing public services.”

For more information about the Digital Counties Survey Awards, visit the Government Technology website.



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