Rowan County Update: COVID-19 – May 29 & 30 2020

COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing Event

The Rowan County Public Health Department is conducting the first drive-thru COVID-19 testing event on June 1 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at West End Plaza.  There are many testing times and locations throughout Rowan County.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, anyone receiving a test from any source or location should self-isolate until test results are received.  This is intended to minimize the risk of spreading the virus during the time from testing until results are received.

For a complete list of testing locations and additional information, visit the Rowan County COVID-19 Testing webpage.

COVID-19 Kids Q&A with Governor Cooper and Dr. Cohen

On Wednesday, Governor Cooper and Dr. Mandy Cohen teamed up to answer questions from North Carolina’s young people about the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the Kid’s Q&A.


Job Support Grant for Those Affected by COVOD-19

Governor Cooper announced that North Carolina has received a $6 million federal grant to support jobs and workforce training to help address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Division of Workforce Solutions (DWS) requested the funds, which were awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Eligible North Carolina residents may receive certain employment services or workforce training for industries that are hiring workers. Opportunities funded by the grant will vary depending on local needs, but may include:

  • On-the-Job Training (OJT), in which a wage reimbursement incentive may be provided to a business to help offset the cost of training a new employee with limited skills.
  • Temporary Employment, in positions that either conduct humanitarian assistance and public health duties (such as contact tracing and delivery of food and medical supplies to those in need) or assist with disaster clean-up and sanitizing areas to prevent the spread of disease. Employers for these positions must be either nonprofit organizations or government agencies.
  • Occupational Skills Training and Supportive Services, including short-term training to dislocated workers, allowing them to pivot into jobs that are in-demand and services that provide transitional support to ensure jobseekers have the tools they need to be successful entering a new career.

Rowan County businesses and individuals should refer to the Centralina Work Development Board website for more information.

Paycheck Protection Program – Round 2

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that it is setting aside $10 billion of round two funding for the Paycheck Protection Program to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).

Author: WSIC editor