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Granville, Butner, Creedmoor under state of emergency

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Granville County, the city of Creedmoor and the town of Butner issued state of emergency declarations Monday evening in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The declarations went into effect at 4:30 p.m. and urge citizens to comply with the recommendations of health officials aimed at preventing and controlling the virus.

The declarations reaffirm emergency declarations made by Gov. Roy Cooper.

The county declaration, issued by board of commissioners chairman David Smith and the broadest of the declarations, impose new restrictions on government and private facilities.

Beginning Tuesday, citizens are prohibited from using playground equipment at parks and other areas. Picnic tables and shelters at Lake Rogers Park and Harris Park are no longer open for public use.

Access will be restricted at all local government buildings and citizens are encouraged to conduct business with governments remotely through phone or the internet.

Nursing homes and other assisted living facilities are ordered to follow all recommendations issued by certain state and federal health agencies.

“Granville County recognizes and acknowledges that it and each of the municipalities are likely to incur substantial economic damage from the issuance of this declaration,” the county declaration said, while requesting state and federal financial aid.

Granville County reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on Friday.

The latest official tally by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services showed 297 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state as of Monday morning. More than 8,400 tests have been completed in the state, and no deaths have been reported.

Nationally, more than 15,000 people are infected and more than 200 have died.

On Monday, Gov. Roy Cooper ordered public school to remain closed through at least May 15. Hair salons, gyms, tattoo parlors, barber shops and other facilities were also ordered to close by Wednesday.