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Updated: May 20, 2020 at 2:27 p.m.


COVID-19 brought dramatic change 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 businesses and workforce. Key programs and information are compiled and updated regularly to support the economic
health and recovery of Rowan County.

Governor Cooper released an Executive Order moving North Carolina into Phase 1 on May 8, 2020. The updated order increases the number of reasons for citizens to leave their homes, encourages parks to open and expand access and increased retail to capacity of 50%. The details of Phase 1 Executive Order can be found at NC Phase One Executive Order

The Chamber of Commerce, EDC and Tourism have pulled best practices for critical business resources 1) Businesses Re-Entry and Workplace Considerations,  2) Best Practices for Retail, 3) Best Practices for Food and Beverage Businesses and 4) A FDA Best Practices Summary Chart.  These can be found and shared directly at
Rowan Reopening and Operating Best Practices. 

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

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Unemployment Information

The NC Division of Employment Security (DES) has implemented that additional Federal unemployment benefits provided to released workers through the CARES ACT, they include:

  1. Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC): This program provides an additional $600 in weekly unemployment insurance benefits to eligible claimants. Retroactive payments will be applied.

  2. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): This program provides unemployment compensation for individuals not eligible for regular unemployment insurance or any extensions to unemployment insurance. This will provide benefits to eligible self-employed workers and independent contractors. 

  3. Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC): This program provides up to 13 additional weeks of benefits for those who have exhausted their state unemployment benefits. 

Governor Cooper also signed an Executive Order allowing furloughed workers whose employer provided a severance or a furlough payment the ability receive unemployment assistance.

After you file your claim, your last employer has 10 days to respond to DES. Your claim may be 'pending,' and no payments will be released during the 10 days. Over 1,000,000 citizens have applied for unemployment. Time from application submission to receipt of funds for the displaced worker is 3 to 4 weeks.

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COVID-19 NC Resources via Rowan County United Way

  • Dial 211 or call 888-892-1162 24/7

Potential Loss of Residency Due to Joblessness

Workers that have lost their jobs and been displaced due to COVID-19 and are concerned they will lose their place of residency please take note of the following items:

  1. Please work directly with your landlord, property owner or mortgage holder regarding any extensions and or delays for rent or mortgages.

  2. From the NC Attorney General: The landlord-tenant law deems it illegal to remove an individual from a dwelling without obtaining a court order enforced by the local sheriff’s office. In response to the pandemic, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley issued an order halting foreclosure and eviction hearings for 30 days. On March 31, 2020 Attorney General Stein worked with Gov. Roy Cooper to establish the Governor’s executive order supporting Chief Justice Beasley’s order, barring new eviction proceedings, and encouraging sheriffs to delay performing evictions on previously-issued eviction orders.

  3. If you find yourself without a place to stay, local resources exist through: Rowan Helping Ministries (704) 637-6838


An extensive number of economic programs were released through the CARES Act, understanding which is best for an organization, business, non-profit and local government can be complex. Assembled are useful documents to help you learn and understand what it means, what can and can't be done and what is best for your organization.

The United States Congress approved a $484 billion dollar expansion of the CARES ACT funding to provide:

  • $310 billion more to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), with $60 billion of the $310 to small lenders

  • $60 billion directly to the SBA for Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advances ($50 billion for loans, $100 billion for advances)

  • $75 billion in grants to hospitals

  • $25 billion for COVID-19 Testing

For information on how your business should respond to the CARES Act Expansion, view this document.

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


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