The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has all of our attention. I wanted you to know that the High Point Branch of the NAACP is doing everything possible to keep our Branch members, their families, and the community members safe while working with other community partners.
What are we doing:
We’re monitoring and following all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) including taking steps necessary to reduce the threat of COVID-19 exposure to co-workers, families, and community members. Our last Branch meeting was a teleconference call where we invited various heads of organizations that impact our community. The following persons were on the line and offer helpful insights as to how and what their organizations are doing. They included:
GCS Superentndat, Dr. Sharon Contrais, she spoke to how and what the School Board is doing to provide services to our students and parents
Transit Manager for the City of High Point, Ms. Angela Wynes. Told us how our public transportation system has been affected by this epidemic.
United Way of Greater High Point, Rev. Joe Barnes spoke to the many, many social partners under their umbrella to assist our community
Mr. Rob Sims from WLRP offered helpful information regarding Unemployment issues
County Commissioner Representing High Point, Carlvina Foster. Commissioner Foster gave a concise block of information relating to the County services available
Our Covid-19 information presentation was closed out by our newly elected City Council members, Michael Holmes, Tyrone Johnson, and Cyrill Jefferson. They were able to give us information as to the City’s efforts during this event which as we see is continuing to evolve.
As you may have seen, many of those partners have an emergency management plan in accordance with their organizations’ SOP on how to operate in this environment. As with these organizations, it is not perfect. None of us has been here before. Even those who plan for this type of event could not have prepared. Information is being adjusted as wake each day. Be patient, Be prayerful, Be considerate. Are you making a quick run? Ask your senior neighbor, is there anything you can pick up. For information from our partners, visit their web sites, and ask for the latest information.
Now your part, what you can do:
STAY HOME even if you are not sick. avoid contact with those who are sick
AVOID touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
WEAR a face mask when out of your home period!
CLEAN and DISINFECT frequently touched objects and surfaces using a disinfecting household cleaning spray or wipe
WASH YOUR HANDS with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
It has been proven that if we do these five things we offer us better outcomes moving forward in our community. We are here working together.
HP NAACP will update this site regularly with information from the CDC and our partners as available. In the meantime please visit this link for more information:
Despite the threat posed by COVID-19, the High Point Branch of the NAACP remains committed to serving you and your families. Keep the families of those who have suffered because of this pandemic in your thoughts and prayers. We are here with and for you. You are part of our family, and together we will get through this.
James Adams, President
High Point Branch, NAACP