COVID-19 Resources

Iredell County Economic Development Corporation is committed to supporting Iredell’s vibrant business community as it responds to the impacts of COVID-19.  We are working with state, regional, county and local leaders to help our businesses during this uncertain time.  To support our local industry and community, we have prepared a list of resources and survey to understand how we can best respond to the current and future needs of our local businesses. Below is a evolving list of articles and resources to help our community navigate through this challenging time. If you have resources to share, please email us at Jessica@iredelledc.com.

Governor Coopers Office & News Releases

  • Gov. Cooper announces $40 million COVID-19 relief program for small businesses on September 22.  During his briefing Cooper announced the program is designed to help offset cost such as rent, mortgages interests, and utility bills for small businesses that were not able to open or operate normally due to COVID-19 to read more about the program click here. ,
  • Governor Cooper Moves North Carolina Into Phase 2.5 on September 1, 2020.  Cooper issued Executive Order 163, which move NC into Phase 2.5 starting September 4 at 5:00 pm.  To Read the Executive Order click here. 
  • Governor Roy Cooper is doubling down on prevention measure with Executive Order 153, stopping the sale of alcoholic drinks in restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries at 11 pm, this order will take effect Friday, July 31.  To read the full executive order click here.
  • Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen announced July  14, 2020 that all schools will open for in-person instruction under an updated Plan B that requires face coverings for all K-12 students, fewer children in the classroom, measures to ensure social distancing for everyone in the building, and other safety protocols. To read more details about Plan B and the Governors press release, click here.
  • Governor Roy Cooper on July 10 signed senate bill 232 into law  Repeal Death Invest Conf/Masks/Health&Safety.
  • Governor Roy Cooper extends Phase 2 of reopening and adds statewide requirement for face coverings. To read the Executive Order NO 147, click here.
    • Frequently asked questions for Executive Order No. 147, click here.
    • Read NCDHHS guidance on face coverings, click here.
  • The Governor’s Three-Phase Plan released on May 20, 2020, click here.
  • Governor Roy Cooper announced on May 29 that NC has received a $6 million federal grant to support jobs and workforce training to help address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  To read the release, click here.
  • Due to COVID-19, NC gives business that received grants an extra year to meet goals, to read the release click here.

Do your employees need childcare assistant or after school programs?

  • Job Corps offers education and employment training for ages 16-24 and it’s free.  It’s more than a training program.  It’s an opportunity to change your life. Whether you want a new career, finish your diploma, or both, Job Corps can get you there.  Students get everyday basics like housing, meals, training uniforms, and a community to support to help them along the way.  For more information contact Admissions Counselor Ms. Wigena Tirado at Tirado.Wigena@jobcorps.org or 704-200-1146.
  • Iredell Crosby Scholars is a free college and career planning program. Public middle and high school students in Iredell County grades 6-10 are eligible to enroll. Services include workshops for students and parents on topics such as financial aid, ACT/SAT test prep, applying to college, and career exploration. Students who complete the junior and senior program may apply for Crosby scholarships and need-based grants. For more information and to apply, go to www.crosbyscholarsiredell.org
  • FeedNC offers food pantry, meal service, community connection, culinary training and food delivery.  They

Is your business preparing to reopen?

  • Guidance for reopening buildings from The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, click here.
  • Ensure The Safety of Your Occupants and Building Water System and Devices, click here.
  • CDC print-only materials & signs, click here to access the resources.
  • Protecting Your Business from COVID-19. This guide from the National Institute of Standards and Technology can help businesses prepare for the impacts of COVID-19 and protect their facility and employees from exposure.
  • Responding to a COVID-19 Exposure at Your Business.  Here is a checklist of what you do it they suspect a COVID-19 exposure has occurred.
  • OSHA Record-Keeping Requirements for COVID-19, click here.

Has your business pivoted to manufacturing Personal Prospective Equipment?

  • Contact Carolina Textile District (CTD) for help in transitioning to production to prototype and producing medical supplies
  • You should also register your business with the NC Manufacturing Extension Partnership by clicking here.
  • If you have PPE to sell? The Supply Connector Directory is designed to connect those who can supply and manufacturer finished good.

Local Suppliers offering COVID-19 supplies or services

Is your business experiencing supply chain disruptions due to the impact of COVID-19?

  • If you are an N.C. manufacturer, please register your business with ManufacturedNC here
  • This database of suppliers contains every kind of thing produced in NC
  • BIO launched a Coronavirus Hub that connects those companies that have supplies, capacities, and resources to share, with those companies, researchers, or healthcare providers that need them. The new hub will enable users to post requests for urgently needed items, as well as to post the availability of supplies and capacity. The portal connects in real time through customized announcements and is searchable by keywords. Connections for medical supplies will be facilitated in partnership with Healthcare Ready to ensure an organized and optimized allocation of items in need, and thus will not be publicly available or searchable.
  • Economic Development Partnership of NC, Critical Product Supply Chain Instructions, click here.

What are the new rules regarding expanded family and medical leave for my employees?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires certain employers to provide employees with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.  For more details here, including FAQs.

Financial Resources

Financial Counseling

Displaced workers or need to file an unemployment Insurance claim?

  • NCWorks Career Center can provide assistance for you or your displaced workers
  • Have you lost a job or been laid off contact the N.C. Division of Employment Security to file a claim, click here.
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Right, click here.
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements, click here.

Local Resources Pages and Information

Public Health Resources

Schools & Childcare

Other Resources

If you have any questions please reach out to our team, click here.