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The total cases of COVID-19 has increased to 297 cases in North Carolina as of Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8:35 a.m., according to North Carolina Department Health and Human Services. Officials and businesses are working together to solve important issues surrounding the virus outbreak.

Friday afternoon after the Bladen County Board of Commissioners approved to declare a State of Emergency, Commissioner David Gooden asked what solutions are in place for students needing access to internet. Beginning Thursday, March 19, Bladen County Schools started transitioning to a new model for instructional delivery which is at-home learning.

“Students are suppose to use computers for classwork,” Gooden stated leading to the question about internet access for all students.

Bladen County Emergency Services Director, Nathan Dowless, addressed the question. He stated, Jason Atkinson with Bladen County Schools reached out to Star Telephone about the issue. He announced Star Telephone will start on Monday installing access to provide around seven public drive-up internet hotspot locations. The drive-up public internet hot-spots should be in place by Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Some of the locations Dowless listed were the parking lots of East Bladen and West Bladen High Schools, Tar Heel, East Arcadia, and Star Telephone. Once access is installed the drive-up hotspots will be available in the parking lots from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., according to Dowless. Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is also working on provisions about cars parking safe distances apart, not congregating, and monitoring the drive-up hotspots.

Dowless stated a press release would be published as soon as it is made available about the public drive-up hot-spots.

On Sunday, Valerie Newton with Bladen County Schools announced food deliveries will start on Monday, March 23, 2020 at certain areas in Bladen County. Food deliveries will be made by the yellow school buses to certain designated drop off locations. Students and parents may access their drop-off site with an internet log-in password. If parents did not receive a phone call, email or text message about the food drop-off sites email the school’s administration.

Following is the message from Bladen County Schools released on Sunday:

The Schools allow parents to pick up grab-and-go meals for their children at the following locations. There will be no charge to the students. Schools distributing the breakfast and lunch meals are:

Bladen Lakes Primary School
Bladenboro Middle School
Clarkton School of Discovery
East Arcadia Elementary
Elizabethtown Middle School
Tar Heel Middle School
West Bladen High School

More information will be published as soon as it becomes available.

The NCDHHS released information about how to talk with children about the Coronavirus outbreak. Following is the information.

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children

As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.

Remain calm and reassuring.

Remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.
Make yourself available to listen and to talk.

Make time to talk. Be sure children know they can come to you when they have questions.
Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.

Remember that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity. Avoid making assumptions about who might have COVID-19.
Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online.

Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.
Provide information that is honest and accurate.

Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child.
Talk to children about how some stories on COVID-19 on the Internet and social media may be based on rumors and inaccurate information.

Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.

Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick.

Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.
Discuss any new actions that may be taken at school to help protect children and school staff.
(e.g., increased handwashing, cancellation of events or activities)

Get children into a handwashing habit. Teach them to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.

If soap and water are not available, teach them to use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol. Supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent swallowing alcohol, especially in schools and childcare facilities.

Facts about COVID-19 for discussions with children

Try to keep information simple and remind them that health and school officials are working hard to keep everyone safe and healthy.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the short name for “coronavirus disease 2019.” It is a new virus. Doctors and scientists are still learning about it.

Recently, this virus has made a lot of people sick. Scientists and doctors think that most people will be ok, especially kids, but some people might get pretty sick.

Doctors and health experts are working hard to help people stay healthy.
What can I do so that I don’t get COVID-19?

You can practice healthy habits at home, school, and play to help protect against the spread of COVID-19:Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you sneeze or cough into a tissue, throw it in the trash right away.

Keep your hands out of your mouth, nose, and eyes. This will help keep germs out of your body.
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Follow these five steps—wet, lather (make bubbles), scrub (rub together), rinse and dry. You can sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
If you don’t have soap and water, have an adult help you use a special hand cleaner.

Keep things clean. Older children can help adults at home and school clean the things we touch the most, like desks, doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls. (Note for adults: you can find more information about cleaning and disinfecting on CDC’s website.)

If you feel sick, stay home. Just like you don’t want to get other people’s germs in your body, other people don’t want to get your germs either.

What happens if you get sick with COVID-19?

COVID-19 can look different in different people. For many people, being sick with COVID-19 would be a little bit like having the flu. People can get a fever, cough, or have a hard time taking deep breaths. Most people who have gotten COVID-19 have not gotten very sick. Only a small group of people who get it have had more serious problems. From what doctors have seen so far, most children don’t seem to get very sick. While a lot of adults get sick, most adults get better.

If you do get sick, it doesn’t mean you have COVID-19. People can get sick from all kinds of germs. What’s important to remember is that if you do get sick, the adults at home and school will help get you any help that you need.

If you suspect your child may have COVID-19, call the healthcare facility to let them know before you bring your child in to see them.


El total de COVID-19, Coronavirus, ha aumentado a 255 casos en Carolina del Norte a partir del domingo 22 de marzo de 2020 a las 10:16 a.m., según el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Carolina del Norte. Los funcionarios y las empresas están trabajando juntos para resolver problemas importantes relacionados con el brote de virus.El viernes por la tarde, después de que la Junta de Comisionados del Condado de Bladen aprobara declarar un Estado de Emergencia, el Comisionado David Gooden preguntó qué soluciones existen para los estudiantes que necesitan acceso a Internet. A partir del jueves 19 de marzo, las Escuelas del Condado de Bladen comenzaron a hacer la transición a un nuevo modelo para la entrega de instrucción que es el aprendizaje en el hogar.”Se supone que los estudiantes usan computadoras para el trabajo de clase”, declaró Gooden, lo que llevó a la pregunta sobre el acceso a Internet para todos los estudiantes.El Director de Servicios de Emergencia del Condado de Bladen, Nathan Dowless, abordó la pregunta. Declaró que Jason Atkinson, de las Escuelas del Condado de Bladen, contactó a Star Telephone sobre el tema. Anunció que Star Telephone comenzará el lunes a instalar el acceso para proporcionar alrededor de siete ubicaciones de acceso público a Internet. Los puntos calientes de acceso público a Internet deben estar listos para el miércoles 25 de marzo de 2020.Algunos de los lugares enumerados por Dowless fueron los estacionamientos de las escuelas secundarias East Bladen y West Bladen, Tar Heel, East Arcadia y Start Telephone. Una vez que se haya instalado el acceso, los puntos de acceso para vehículos estarán disponibles en los estacionamientos desde las 8 a.m. hasta las 9 p.m., según Dowless. La Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Bladen también está trabajando en disposiciones sobre el estacionamiento de automóviles a distancias seguras, no congregarse, y monitorear los puntos críticos de acceso.Dowless declaró que se publicaría un comunicado de prensa tan pronto como esté disponible sobre los puntos críticos de acceso público.El domingo, Valerie Newton con las Escuelas del Condado de Bladen anunció que las entregas de alimentos comenzarán el lunes 23 de marzo de 2020 en ciertas áreas del Condado de Bladen. Los autobuses escolares amarillos harán entregas de alimentos a ciertos lugares designados para dejarlos. Los estudiantes y los padres pueden acceder a su sitio de entrega con una contraseña de inicio de sesión en Internet. Si los padres no recibieron una llamada telefónica, correo electrónico o mensaje de texto sobre los sitios de entrega de alimentos, envíe un correo electrónico a la administración de la escuela.En este momento no ha habido ningún anuncio sobre la cancelación de las comidas para llevar ofrecidas en las siguientes escuelas. La semana pasada, las escuelas permitieron a los padres recoger comidas para llevar para sus hijos en los siguientes lugares. No habrá ningún cargo para los estudiantes. Las escuelas que distribuyen el desayuno y el almuerzo son:Escuela primaria de los lagos BladenEscuela media de BladenboroClarkton School of DiscoveryPrimaria East ArcadiaEscuela secundaria de ElizabethtownEscuela Intermedia Tar HeelWest Bladen High SchoolEl NCDHHS publicó información sobre cómo hablar con los niños sobre el brote de coronavirus. Lo siguiente es la información.Hablando con los niños sobre la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019: mensajes para padres, personal escolar y otras personas que trabajan con niñosA medida que aumentan las conversaciones públicas sobre la enfermedad por coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), los niños pueden preocuparse de que ellos, sus familiares y amigos se enfermen con COVID-19. Los padres, los miembros de la familia, el personal de la escuela y otros adultos de confianza pueden desempeñar un papel importante para ayudar a los niños a entender lo que escuchan de manera honesta, precisa y minimizando la ansiedad o el miedo. Los CDC han creado una guía para ayudar a los adultos a conversar con los niños sobre COVID-19 y las formas en que pueden evitar contraer y propagar la enfermedad.Permanezca tranquilo y tranquilizador.Recuerde que los niños reaccionarán a lo que usted dice y a cómo lo dice. Recogerán señales de las conversaciones que tenga con ellos y con otros.Esté disponible para escuchar y hablar.Tómese el tiempo para hablar. Asegúrese de que los niños sepan que pueden acudir a usted cuando tengan preguntas.Evite el lenguaje que pueda culpar a otros y provocar estigma.Recuerde que los virus pueden enfermar a cualquiera, independientemente de la raza o etnia de una persona. Evite hacer suposiciones sobre quién podría tener COVID-19.Preste atención a lo que los niños ven o escuchan en la televisión, la radio o en línea.Considere reducir la cantidad de tiempo de pantalla enfocado en COVID-19. Demasiada información sobre un tema puede provocar ansiedad.Proporcione información que sea honesta y precisa.Brinde a los niños información que sea veraz y apropiada para la edad y el nivel de desarrollo del niño.Hable con los niños sobre cómo algunas historias de COVID-19 en Internet y las redes sociales pueden basarse en rumores e información inexacta.Enseñe a los niños las acciones cotidianas para reducir la propagación de gérmenes.Recuerde a los niños que se mantengan alejados de las personas que tosen, estornudan o enferman.Recuérdeles toser o estornudar en un pañuelo desechable o en el codo, luego tire el pañuelo a la basura.Discuta cualquier acción nueva que se pueda tomar en la escuela para ayudar a proteger a los niños y al personal escolar.(por ejemplo, mayor lavado de manos, cancelación de eventos o actividades)Haga que los niños se habitúen al lavado de manos. Enséñeles a lavarse las manos con jabón y

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