The City’s COVID-19 Resources

rocky mount nc covid 19 response campaign

This is a time unlike any other in the history of our nation. Now, more than ever, communities must come together to minimize the devastating effect of COVID-19.

And the city of Rocky Mount is here to help.

COVID-19 has impacted every facet of society, from our schools to our churches to our businesses. Now, more than ever, Rocky Mount is demonstrating its ability to face any challenge. 

We’re all in this together, and we will emerge from this crisis stronger.

The City’s COVID-19 Response

The city has been at the forefront of helping the community as it faces the COVID-19 crisis by providing reliable information that is easily accessible by citizens. 

The city:

  • Launched a coronavirus information page 
  • Unveiled a Citizen Resource Center 
  • Began a Stop the Spread print campaign in June—you may have seen these informational signs placed throughout city facilities
  • Launched the Rock the Mask Rocky Mount! informational campaign

The city also placed useful signage around town that gives these simple steps to stop the spread of COVID-19. These include:

  • Wearing a face covering over your mouth and nose while you’re around others
  • Staying six feet apart to avoid close contact
  • Washing your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue
  • Disposing tissues after one use
  • Disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Staying at home if you’re sick

Reliable COVID-19 Resources for You: The Citizen’s Resource Center

There’s a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to the coronavirus. These myths and misconceptions can hurt you and those you love.

That’s one reason why the city has compiled an extensive list of COVID-19 resources to help you get the information you can count on.

The site states that the city remains in constant contact with all local health agencies. They work together to carefully monitor the spread of COVID-19. 

You can review this series of frequently asked questions that clearly outlines the city’s policy in regards to keeping employees and citizens safe while at the same time continuing to offer valuable services. 

The Citizen Resource Center is easily accessible on the city’s website. Here you can also gather clear information from the state and national governments.

You’ll also find useful guidelines on how to stay safe

In an earlier press conference, Mayor Roberson expressed his gratitude to the manager, town council members, first responders, health care workers, city employees and “all heroes who work tirelessly to keep our community safe and informed.”

The Mayor also made a June proclamation requiring the use of face masks in areas such as grocery stores, pharmacies, public transportation and businesses. 

The city’s site also has a detailed list of updates as the regulations related to the coronavirus evolve and change.

If you’d like to learn more, check out an earlier article we did on the city’s response to the coronavirus

Rock the Mask Rocky Mount!

You may have seen a billboard featuring city council members wearing masks. This is a part of the city’s Rock the Mask Rocky Mount! Campaign. 

The purpose of the campaign is to encourage all citizens and visitors to wear face coverings in public. 

Billboards proclaiming the campaign can be seen on Highway 64 past the Atlantic Avenue on ramp, Benvenue Road near Hunter Hill Road and on Winstead Avenue near the Highway 64 interchange.

“The Rock the Mask! Campaign is just one component of a multi-faceted educational program the city has deployed regarding COVID-19 and aligns with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation that wearing cloth face coverings helps slow the spread of COVID -19,” said City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney.  “We strive to increase awareness in our community and encourage the public to follow all CDC recommendations.”  

Coronavirus: Be Sure Your Information is Accurate

Misconceptions and misinformation can cause much more than an inconvenience. In a time of COVID-19, believing in these myths can lead to sickness and death.

We wanted to take some time to let you know the truth through these useful points by the World Health Organization

Using medical masks for a long period of time does NOT cause carbon dioxide intoxication. It also does NOT cause oxygen deficiency.

There’s no question that wearing a face mask for a long time is uncomfortable and inconvenient. However, it is a small price to pay when you are protecting yourself and others. 

There is no danger associated with wearing masks for long periods of time. 

Hot pepper does NOT prevent or cure COVID-19.

Some people mistakenly believe that a dash of hot pepper can stop the virus. This is not even remotely true. There’s also another misconception that garlic can combat the coronavirus. This also is NOT true.

Your best chance of stopping the virus from spreading is to maintain social distancing and wear a face mask. 

5G mobile networks do NOT spread COVID-19

It’s NOT possible for COVID-19---or any virus—to travel on radio waves or mobile networks. Remember that the virus is spread when they come in contact with an infected person who coughs, sneezes or speaks. Contamination can also happen if someone touches an infected surface and then touches their face. 

If you catch COVID-19, you will NOT have it for life. 

The truth is that most people who catch COVID-19 recover as long as they receive medical attention and treat symptoms.

If you have COVID-19 and you are experiencing problems breathing, you should get immediate medical care. 

Being able to hold your breath for at least 10 seconds without coughing does NOT mean that you are free of the coronavirus.

Holding your breath should never be used as a diagnostic tool. Most people with COVID-19 have dry cough, fatigue and fever. In certain cases, this can lead to complications. 

If you’re not sure if you have the virus, the only way to know for sure is with a medical test administered by health care professionals. 

Do NOT use this breathing exercise to make a conclusion.

Rocky Mount, NC: We’re All in This Together

Have you seen city employees carefully continuing their jobs during this crisis? City workers—taking necessary precautions—have been consistent in keeping our community safe. 

If you see a city employee, we encourage you to say thanks for a job well done.

We don’t know when the coronavirus crisis will be over. What we do know is that the citizens of Rocky Mount will be there to support and help each other.

Remember, the city has extensive resources available to help you. Don’t fall for false information, and follow all public health guidelines to keep yourself and loved ones safe. 


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