The State of North Carolina has extended its “Safer-At-Home” Phase 2 Order.
On July 17th, Governor Cooper extended North Carolina’s “Safer-at-Home Phase Two” for at least three weeks. Beginning Friday, June 26th, face coverings are required in public settings where physical distancing is not possible. More information can be found in the link below, including exceptions to wearing face coverings.
Guilford County Schools will start the school year with remote learning through at least October 20th. For more information, click here.
- Turners Chapel (7615 Florence School Drive, High Point, NC 27265) is hosting a drive-through for COVID-19 testing on Saturday, August 8th from 10am to 1pm. All insurances accepted and no cost to those without insurance. Pre-register from August 1st through the 6th at Triad Adult & Pediatric Medicine here.
Reduce the transmission of COVID-19
- Social distancing is critical to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. According to the CDC, social distancing means staying at least 6 feet from other people, not gathering in groups, and staying out of crowded places.
- Hand-washing is critical to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Click here to learn the best way to clean your hands.
- For more information, visit the CDC’s site here.
What should you do if you have COVID-19 symptoms?
- The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has set up a Check my Symptoms website to allow you to enter your symptoms and determine if you should get tested for COVID-19. If it is recommended, you will receive a link to a list of nearby testing sites via email or text. They have also set up a Find My Testing Place page. Simply type in your ZIP code and you will receive a list of nearby testing site locations
- COVID-19 symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
- According to Wake Health, if your symptoms are mild, stay home and distance yourself from others. If your illness should worsen, call your primary care provider. If you do not have a primary care provider, you can call Wake Health’s hotline at 336-70-COVID to receive advice. Follow the advice provided by the health care provider.
- Emergency rooms at area hospitals are still open for medical reasons other than COVID-19. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department. For non-emergency situations, consider using an urgent care provider.
- Wake Forest Baptist Health asks everyone to wear a mask at all times while visiting or working at one of their locations, including High Point Medical Center. They will provide a mask for those not wearing one. They are also conducting COVID-19 symptom screenings upon arrival.
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Accessing Food / Grab-and-Go Sites for Children
Guilford County Schools is providing summer lunch meals until August 31st. Click here for a list of High Point locations.
The Greater High Point Food Alliance has collected and updated all food-related resources. Click here for information about food assistance, grocery stores, local farms & farmer’s markets, and local restaurants for takeout & delivery, as well as volunteer and donation opportunities.
You can also text FOODNC to 877-877. The service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877.
Nonpayment of Rent / Eviction
On May 30th, the Governor of North Carolina issued an executive order, effectively immediately, for a moratorium on evictions for three weeks. Landlords are prevented from assessing late fees. The order also requires tenants be given a minimum of six months to pay outstanding rent. Click here for an FAQ of the executive order.
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has extended its foreclosure and extension moratorium through August 31, 2020, for homeowners with FHA-insured single-family mortgages and tenants in buildings with federally backed mortgages (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac). Click here for more details.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) have created online multifamily property lookup tools to allow renters to find out if the multifamily property where they reside has an Enterprise-backed mortgage. Under the CARES Act, renters living in a property with an Enterprise-backed mortgage are covered by a temporary eviction moratorium.
Renters can also call the Fannie Mae Helpline at 877-542-9723, if Fannie Mae backs their building’s mortgage, or the Freddie Mac Helpline at 800-404-3097, if Freddie Mac backs their building’s mortgage.
The Governor of North Carolina’s executive order expired on July 29. Starting in August, the City of High Point will add past-due balances on new bills in equal increments over six months. Missed installment payments are subject to a service disconnection. The City’s normal disconnection policies apply for future delinquencies that occurred after the moratorium ended. The City can disconnect services on account that are past due for more than 14 days.
IMPORTANT: High Point’s Hi-Tran service has resumed. Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation has resumed their routes. PART’s services operate from 5:45 am to 9:45 pm, Monday through Friday at from 7 am to 7 pm on Saturday.
Hi-tran is fare free but the hours have changed. Riders must wear a mask or face covering. Passengers who do not have one will be given a disposable mask. Hi-tran passengers will board and de-board using the rear door unless the ramp or kneeling feature is needed for accessibility. Hi-tran service will be reduced to hourly all day from 5:45 a.m. until 6:15 p.m. Click here for more information on High Point Public Transit System.
The City of High Point has closed all parks and basketballs courts. Golf courses, tennis courts, the marina, and greenway are still open.
Washington Terrace pool is re-opening on Saturday, June 20, and will operate 7 days a week until August (closing date TBD). Capacity is limited to 50% due to COVID-19. Click here for more details.
Click here for more information on closings and cancellations.
Emergency Financial Assistance
West End Ministries provides rent/mortgage and utilities assistance. By appointment only. Call (336) 884-1105.
Salvation Army of High Point provides rent/mortgage and utilities assistance. For more details, call (336) 881-5400.
Helping Hands provides utility assistance for City of High Point utilities only. You will need to bring your bill, identification, and proof of income. They are unable to return calls due to demand.
Ward Street Community Resources has very limited, emergency financial assistance available for rent and utilities. Call 336-888-6091 for more information.
Fraud & Scams Safety
Isolation from family and friends increases your risk of being frauded. Click here to see information about common COVID-19 scams and how to avoid them.
Domestic Violence Concerns
If you are in immediate danger, please call 911, or Family Service of the Piedmont’s 24 hour Crisis Hotline at (336) 273-7273.
The Family Justice Center has set up an online chat service, available Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Click here to connect with a navigator. Walk-in hours at their office (505 E. Green Drive) are Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 1 pm.
You can also call
High Point’s Family Justice Center
(Click here for COVID-19 Safety Planning Information)
(336) 641-SAFE (7233).
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Guilford County Schools will start the school year with remote learning through at least October 20th. For more information, click here. The Guilford Education Alliance hosted a virtual Q&A about the beginning of the school year. Over 130 questions were answered. Click here to see the video.
Guilford County Schools has delayed the start of practices for athletics and marching band. They have not determined a new date to start practices.
Guilford County Schools is parking WiFi hotspot buses at JC Morgan on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am to noon and Carson Stout on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1pm to 4pm. The range is 300 feet.
Guilford Parent Academy is providing free books to students over the summer. Books in Spanish are available for pre-kindergarten through third grade students. For details, go to the Guilford County Schools website, email [email protected], or call 336-279-4924.
Bringing Out the Best, an early intervention program at UNC-G, is offering free consultations to parents for social-emotional and behavioral concerns for their children ages 5 and under. Click here for how to access this service.
Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll. Installation fees are waived for new student households.
Loneliness & Isolation
If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health issues, you can reach out to these organizations.
North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry Hopeline
Hopeline-NC (Any age)
Disaster Distress Helpline
Senior Resources of Guilford, TeleCare
Eleanor Health has set up free online support groups for individuals who identify on the LGBTQI+ spectrum; who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC); individuals who are currently using opioids, alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs; individuals in recovery from substance use; and those who are the support system and loved ones of people with addiction. Click here for more information and to register.
Crisis Text Line has a 24/7 crisis hotline for teens. Text Hello to 741741 to access.
Mental Health Associates of the Triad has therapists available for counseling. Call 336-883-7480 to seek help.
The NC Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Psychological Foundation have launched the Help4Healers line to connect front line workers (medical and non-medical) for free, brief support with a licensed NC Therapist. Click here for more details.
Special Populations (Elderly and Disabled)
If you are a senior citizen or suffer from the heat and need a fan, contact Senior Resources of Guilford in High Point at (336) 884-6981.
Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program of Guilford County has phone counseling available for seniors during the pandemic. They can also help with paying for medicines and understanding Medicare plans. Call Bob Boyd at 336-373-4816, Extension 253.
Senior Resources of Guilford has over 20 programs for older adults that help with food, referrals, transportation, insurance guidance, and more. Please call (336) 373-4816 for more information.
ARC of High Point supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by giving them the opportunity to choose and realize their goals. Please call (336) 883-0650 for more details.
Their program is available to all Triad residents in need of aid. They can:
- do home visits for the elderly (>65 age), disabled, or handicapped patients.
- provide household supplies to those unable to leave their home or have difficulty in obtaining.
- provide food to those unable to leave your home or having difficulty in obtaining.
- go to the pharmacy for those unable to go or has a pharmacy that does not deliver with the exception of controlled substances.
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program at The North Carolina Cooperative Extension-Guilford County Center has created a number of videos on healthy eating and proper sanitation. Click here to view the videos.
Try this Sweet Potato Pancake recipe from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension.
Immigrants / Refugees
YWCA High Point Latino Family Center: El Pueblo is a community access program that provides outreach services, information, and referral services to Latinos in the greater High Point area. Primary referrals during COVID-19 are connecting clients to local resources for food, bill and rent assistance, health centers. Virtual programs are also being offered. Contact Maria Mayorga ([email protected]) for more information.
World Relief’s programs offer refugee resettlement, anti-human trafficking, employment services, health and wellness, and immigration legal services. Call 336-887-9007 for more information.
Faith Action International House provides assistance to recent immigrants. Services include legal services and ID cards for those that do not have access to Government-issued forms of ID. Call 336-379-0037 for details.
You’re not alone.
The State of North Carolina’s Division of Employment Security has extended its phone hours. This extension also includes Saturday (8 am to 5 pm) and Sunday (noon to 5 pm – Pandemic Unemployment Assistance only). Click here for tips on filing for unemployment. The Greensboro News and Record has a good FAQ about unemployment benefits here.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) is now available for those whose state unemployment benefits have expired. PEUC is available even if the reason for unemployment is not related to COVID-19. A claim for PEUC must be made to receive these benefits. They are not automatically received after exhausting regular state unemployment insurance. Click here for more details on how to make a PEUC claim.
Self-employed and independent contractors who are not eligible for state unemployment benefits can now apply through the state of North Carolina for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that will pay up to $600 a week for four months. The phone number to call, which is different than for state benefits, is 866-847-7209. Click here for details.
Electronic Benefits / Cash Assistance
North Carolina has eased benefit restrictions and also expanded benefits. Click here for details on households with persons having class H or I offenses becoming temporarily eligible for EBT benefits.
Work First Cash Assistance terminations have been suspended. Click here for details.
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) are available and will provide additional EBT benefits to families with students who are receiving free and reduced lunch. Families don’t need to apply. They will receive an additional benefit on their existing EBT card. P-EBT eligible families not already enrolled in Food and Nutrition Services will be mailed a new EBT card in the next few weeks. More details can be found here.
Food Stamps recipients who received recertification forms in late June must complete and return their forms to the Department of Social Services by July 15th to prevent a delay in August benefits. Monthly recertification for Medicaid will also be resuming. Medicaid beneficiaries should adhere to the due dates included with paperwork they receive in the mail. For more information, please call 336-641-4664.
Driver License/Vehicle Registration
Expiration dates for driver licenses and vehicle registrations have been given a one-time five-month extension to renew. This applies to those whose credentials expire between March 1 and August 1. Any fines and fees for expired credentials has been temporarily waived.
The NC Department of Transporation has suspended Amtrack’s Piedmont train service between Raleigh and Charlotte. Those wishing to travel between Raleigh and Charlotte, we will need to book trips on the Carolinian trains 79 and 80.
Call 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 or Text COVID to 898211 to find out about food access, shelter, child care, and more. You can also go to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services here.
Getting Your Coronavirus Impact Payment
Click here for information on economic impact payments.
If you do not file a tax return (no taxable income) and you DO NOT receive social security retirement or disability, you must submit a simple tax return online with the IRS here.
No action is required for anyone that normally does not file a tax return who receives social security, disability, SSI or railroad retirement.
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Last updated August 3, 2020