The Forum did not meet Tuesday, and will not meet April 28.
Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday, April 23, extended the N.C. stay-at-home order to May 8. After improvements in the number of COVID cases, fewer positive tests, a decreasing percentage of positive tests, fewer hospitalizations and increases in testing, tracing and availability of personal protective equipment, the state would, Cooper said, enter Phase 1 of a reopening plan for at least 2-3 weeks. Phase 2 would last 4-6 weeks. Backsliding in the data being tracked could extend the time of each phase. During Phase 1, group meetings would continue to be limited to 10 people. Both Phase 2 and Phase 3 each might bring an increase in allowable meeting size, but the April 23 plan offers no numbers for those increases – and no indication of when Phase 1 will begin. Average attendance at Forum meetings in 2019 was 52 persons. with the range of 27 persons to 108 persons.
Mebane Rash of EdNC provided a link to a Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 status report for each U.S. county, with the data updated daily after 8 p.m. The Mecklenburg report is here.
Gov. Cooper and state school officials on Friday, April 24, announced that public schools would remain closed for the rest of this school year. An audio of the governor’s virtual press conference is here.
[email protected]’s April 24 edition of North Carolina Insight had a wrap-up of coronavirus developments. A copy is here. Online (where the links work) here.
April 25-30: Park and Rec native plant sale, online purchases through April 30 here with pickup May 2-3.
April 28: “Unmasked: COVID-19 Ravaging Black Businesses, Part 1,” a panel discussion including Mayor Vi Lyles, 7 p.m., free on Gantt Center’s YouTube Channel.
May 27: MeckMIN Community Leader Awards Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., likely via Facebook Live. Info here.
June 16: POSTPONED Aviation Camp of the Carolinas. Registration opens March 15. Note date change since printing of flier here.
July 12-17: MeckMIN In Our Own Back Yard Interfaith Camp, several one-day offerings during the week for rising 10th-12th graders. Apply.
July 13-18: Winners Plus Agency party trip to Tunica casinos.
Aug. 13: Paint the Town Blue Gala fundraiser for Democratic candidates.
News & Handouts
Carla Cunningham 4-22
Dan McCready 4-24
Joyce Waddell 4-18
Center for Community Transitions 4-22
Charlotte Neighborhood Services 4-16
City Startup Labs 4-16
Congressional Black Caucus 4-23
Friendship Trays 4-17
Park and Recreation 4-20
West Side Connect 4-17
C.W. Williams Community Health Center 4-24