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Updated: April 3, 2020 3:51 p.m.


COVID-19 has brought dramatic changes to our community in a very short time. Rowan County Tourism, Rowan EDC and the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce have come together to provide guidance and resources for our workforce and employers throughout Rowan County. We've compiled a list of programs and resources and will continue to update the list with additional resources as they become available. 

For health related questions or to contact the Rowan County Health Department, please visit their COVID-19 updates page, or to contact local officials, please send questions to

Governor Cooper mandated a statewide 30 day stay in place order as of 5 p.m. on March 30, 2020. More information about the order, as well as questions about what is considered an essential business, can be found here.

For information on the CARES Act and how it pertains to you, please scroll down for CARE Acts Resource section.



Unemployment Information

Governor Cooper lifted restrictions on unemployment for all affected by COVID-19. Lifted restrictions include; removing one-week waiting period to apply for unemployment benefits, removing the requirement that a person must look for a job during this time, allowing employees who lose their jobs, or have their hours reduced due to COVID-19, to apply for benefits directly via phone or online. Additionally. employers will not be held responsible for benefits paid as a direct result of COVID-19 claims.

Open Positions

Rowan County Jobs

Regional Jobs


With an extensive number of economic programs released through the CARES ACT, understanding which is best for an organization, business, non-profit and local government can be complex. We have assembled useful documents below to help you learn and understand what it means, what can and can't be done and which is best for your organization.

For more information on the CARES Act and how it pertains to Rowan County, please click here.


Funding Resources for Businesses:

General Resources and Information for Businesses:


Tax Deadlines:

Federal Government extended income tax filing and payment deadline for individuals and businesses to July 15, 2020.

Student Loan Borrowers:

Student Loan borrowers can suspend payments for up to 60 days with no interest.

  • Borrowers with federal student loans will be able to pause their payments for two months without interest accruing, President Donald Trump and the Education Department said Friday, March 20. 

  • Borrowers will have to contact their loan servicers to request the pause in payments.

State Update:

Unemployment benefits rules were loosened for jobless benefits related to the pandemic as follows: allows unemployment benefits for layoffs due to COVID-19, removes 1-week waiting period, removes requirement to look for work, allows remote application and declares that employers will not be responsible for the payments. NC Speaker of the House Moore announced in a caucus meeting on March 17, 2020 that he is creating 3 task forces to be appointed this week that will address the crisis considering areas of support in the coming days.

  • The North Carolina Division of Public Health has established a call line at 1-866-462-3821 to address general questions about coronavirus from the public and a text line for general information 898211.

County Update:

General Information: