Statement on Coronavirus/COVID-19
The Randolph County Tourism Development Authority continues to monitor the constantly-evolving Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation including implementing a Coronavirus Pandemic Plan on March 16, 2020, in an effort to protect our employees and visitors - see Pandemic Plan HERE - and Pandemic Plan Public Notice HERE. Our offices are currently operating at Level 5; our visitor centers are closed at Level 5.
Effective March 31, our Heart of NC Visitors Bureau at 500 Albemarle Rd in Asheboro will be closed to comply with NC Governor's Executive Order No. 121
Effective March 18, our I-73/74 Visitor Centers – Northbound & Southbound – in Seagrove, NC will be closed.
For local area event cancellations and updates for the Heart of North Carolina, click HERE.
To see the latest report on Global Cases of Coronavirus by the Center for Systems & Engineering at Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, click HERE.
Hospitality and Tourism Resources:
North Carolina Travel and Tourism
- Wit Tuttell, VP, Tourism and Marketing for the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and Executive Director of Visit NC has been sending out almost-daily briefings on COVID-19 to NC tourism partners and stakeholders for more than a week. If you would like to receive these updates, you can email Kathy Prickett at email@example.com. You can sign up for the weekly tourism email HERE.
- North Carolina Tourism is urging residents and visitors to be prepared to take precautions relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The state recommends that everyone monitor the NC Department of Health and Human Services' special webpage on the situation. Events across the state have canceled or postponed as a best practice effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Visitors and travelers in and through the state should check with their lodging provider and event organizer before departing on a trip to North Carolina. Visitors to the state should take the same precautions that are recommended for traveling during the flu season. Those precautions are even more valuable this year. Visitors who are at "high risk" of severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid groups of people as much as possible. If travelers need more information on North Carolina relating to COVID-19, click HERE.
North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association
- Lynn Minges, President and CEO of the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association has been updating members regularly. The organization has provided this website of resources for those actively working to manage employee and guest wellness. This is not behind a paywall. Kudos to this group for making information from national and statewide experts available to all hospitality businesses.
The Centers for Disease Control offers this website for the general public, employers, schools, and organizations - click HERE.
To review the current CDC recommendations on travel, click HERE.
Helpful Resources for Understanding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- What is Flattening the Curve? Until you understand the concept behind "flattening the curve," it's hard to understand any of the sense of urgency and shift in policies, cancellations, and events of March 11-14. This NPR story with Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert at the National Institutes of Health, explains the concept. You can search online for "flattening the curve" and find further coverage by clicking HERE.
- We have to curb the virus and its transmission NOW in order to save lives and salvage our economy once we get to the other side of the public health concerns. We are urging businesses and individuals to follow the guidelines set for social distancing, avoiding large groups, handwashing, hygiene, and best practices.
- Why have so many events been canceled? This article does a good job of explaining why cancellations are essential. It's written by an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University, a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and a senior adviser at Protect Democracy. He is the author of The People vs. Democracy. Click HERE for the article.
Is the coronavirus deadlier than the flu? Yes.
- On March 11, Dr. Anthony Fauci said: "the coronavirus is 10 times deadlier than the flu." You can watch the clip here on the CDC YouTube Channel.
- A March 10 Wall Street Journal article goes into greater depth on how the two viruses compare. Both flu and coronavirus come from viruses. They are different, and there's currently no vaccination for the coronavirus.
Tips for Self-Care in Times of Stress
- Once you digest all this and start thinking through the consequences, managing emotions and stress is essential. you may find some of these articles helpful.
- Self-Care: 12 Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself from Psychology Today
- Coping with coronavirus anxiety from Harvard Medical School
- The Five Stages of Grief This may seem like an odd entry, but with the cancellation of events, sports, and "life as normal," many of us are processing loss. This site may prove helpful.
- If you start to have feelings of despair or depression, please reach out to a friend or loved one and follow these tips.
Randolph County Public Health has an online information link that has a great deal of information regarding this virus outbreak and what steps are being taken to protect citizens of and visitors to Randolph County. Please note that this page also includes “Stop the Spread of Germs of COVID-19” in both English and Spanish. To view their page, click HERE.
Randolph County Tourism Development Authority
The Randolph County Tourism Development Authority operates the Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau representing Archdale, Asheboro, Franklinville, Liberty, Ramseur, Randleman, Seagrove, Staley and Trinity; and the I-73/74 Visitor Centers.