Spring 2020

Rutherford County COVID-19 Updates

May 4, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Sadly, the Rutherford County Health Department is reporting the 7th COVID-19 associated death in the County. 
We lift up the family of those individuals who have passed away. 
We are so sorry for your loss and are holding each family in our hearts.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family that lost their loved one. 
 

 


 

 
A Message From Our Mayor, Carol Pritchett
Protection and Progress Throughout the Pandemic
 
"I would like to thank everyone in Lake Lure for taking the COVID-19 Pandemic seriously. Our citizens acted quickly in response to requests to “Stay at Home” and to practice social distancing. Many of you cancelled events and gatherings to ensure the safety of others. Though it was very difficult to refrain from all the enjoyable springtime activities, I believe our prudence made a significant difference in controlling the spread of the virus in Lake Lure.

 

The early measures that your Town Council and Town Staff took to strengthen safety measures has also helped protect our community from the full impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic thus far. We suspended Residential Vacation Rentals, closed public boat ramps temporarily, and restricted Parks that did not allow space for social distancing, while allowing golf and access to the Buffalo Creek Park, Weed Patch Mountain Trail and the Dittmer-Watts Park so citizens would have an opportunity to exercise and enjoy nature while practicing social distancing.

 

Your Lake Lure Town Council and Town Staff have continued to move important priorities forward, despite this very challenging time." Please click here to read the rest of Mayor Pritchett's article and to learn about progress with the new Lake Lure Marina and Boardwalk, revenue generated by the Lake Lure Hydro-Electric Plant, new staff, and more...

 

   

 

 

 

 


 

 

 
Important Rutherford County and Lake Lure COVID-19 Updates


5/4/20



 
Please see the attached COVID-19 chart that illustrates the COVID-19 cases by Zip Code to include Total Positives vs. Active Positives. Note the cases in Lake Lure's zip code 28746.

 


 

Expanded Outdoor Activities

 

The state of North Carolina stay-at-home order is still in effect; however, outdoor activities are authorized as long as social distancing practices are followed. The Town of Lake Lure has amended the State of Emergency Declaration to expand Lake Access and Boating, Golfing and Outdoor Worship for Churches.

•    Lake Access & Boating: Lake Lure is open beginning 4/28/20.  Boat occupants must be members of the same family.  No tie ups are allowed and social distancing is required for non-family members.

Please note that boaters will need to bring their own gas as the pump at the Washburn Marina is not currently available.

•    Golf:  Golfers may ride with more than one to a golf cart, if the cart contains members of the same immediate family.

•    Church/Outside Worship: Guidance has been established for outside worship and these guidelines have been shared with the pastors of Lake Lure Churches.  Social distancing is required.

As a reminder, in addition to these changes Buffalo Creek Park, Weed Patch Trail, and the Dittmer-Watts Park remain open for your enjoyment while practicing social distancing.  Morse Park and the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge are temporarily closed.

Thank you to all who are protecting yourselves and our citizens by staying at home and practicing social distancing when you go outside. The Town of Lake Lure will continue to closely follow the NC State guidelines for COVID-19. Please stay tuned to the Town of Lake Lure website for further updates. Stay safe and be well.

Please click here to download the Amended Town of Lake Lure State of Emergency Declaration. 

 


 

 

Rutherford County COVID-19 Updates

May 4, 2020

Please see the daily statistics in both English and Spanish. There are 147 positive cases of COVID-19 in Rutherford County.  

  • 1230 individuals have been tested, 939 tests are negative, 144 tests are pending, 147 tests are positive which sadly includes 7 deaths.

  • The Charts and Graphs below will be updated next week.

  • Please see the map below which uses zip codes to illustrate the number of cases throughout the County. Additionally, you will see a graph illustrating the age range of the County's COVID-19 cases, the location of the current hospitalized patients from the County, and an illustration of the status of the positive COVID-19 cases.

  
   

The number of positive cases in Rutherford County has increased but note the trend line for active positives.

  • CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
  • Thank you to many citizens who are wearing these masks in public.
  • Please stay at home, wash your hands, and maintain a 6-foot social distance from others.

 

  • The positive results represent clear transmission county wide. Contact tracing reveals that transmission is coming from contacts with positives, contacts outside the county as well as community wide transmission.
  • We also have positives that do not have traceable origins. In addition, the Health Department has identified specific areas in the county where these outbreaks are occurring.
  • These clusters represent health care agencies, retail stores, commercial businesses, congregate living situations and educational entities.

Confidentiality: A North Carolina law limits the disclosure of information about reportable communicable diseases such as COVID-19 (G.S. 130A- 143).

  • When the information is obtained by a local Health Department, it may be protected by the Federal HIPAA Privacy rule as well (45 C.F.R Parts 160 and 164).
  • Under North Carolina law, information that identifies an individual who has or may have a reportable communicable disease is strictly confidential, is not public record and may be disclosed as only as allowed by G.S. 130A-143.
  • Further, the Health Department is not allowed to release any information that would be considered individually identifiable. Individually identifiable information would be considered any reasonable information that could identify a patient.
  • For example, an address that is associated with an individual with a particular health status or condition constitutes personal health information. 
  • Therefore, the Health Department will not release the names of the above entities but will defer that to the entity itself to release the information of positive cases.
The Health Department is aggressively testing and conducting contact tracing. If an individual has received a positive result or has been in contact with a positive, they will be contacted by the Health Department and given direction and instructions, included ordered self-isolation or quarantining. The Health Department staff is committed to the health and safety of Rutherford County and is working tirelessly to ensure that all individuals are contacted immediately.
It is critical that the community abide by the stay at home order. This virus is highly contagious and individuals risk exposure every time they leave their home. The numbers will not go down until we stop the movement of the virus.  

 


 

 

Interactive COVID-19 Map

 

 

Johns Hopkins University has launched this interactive map that permits the user to drill down on their dashboard to find Rutherford County specific data.

  • Click on the link below to go to the interactive site.
  • Data on positive cases is based on the previous day's numbers.
  • This information is compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Rutherford County is sharing this resource for information only and is not responsible for the content of this data.
  • https://bao.arcgis.com/covid-19/jhu/county/37161.html.
  • Note that the data will be one day behind.

 

 

 

Rutherford County COVID-19 Questions and Answers

 

 

 
Please take a moment to hear Public Health Director, Karen Powell answer questions from media and citizens in an informative video you can watch by clicking on this image below. or going to www.facebook.com/rcemergencymanagement  

 

 


 

Important Updates - Use Caution

April 30, 2020


 

The Town of Lake Lure sounded the siren on Thursday, 4/29/20 around 11:30 PM to notify citizens that the Tainter gates had been raised to make adjustments in lake levels because of incoming rain.  Citizens were notified to use caution when near the river or streams and to seek higher ground if you are in a flood-prone area.  Everyone was also reminded to call 9-1-1 for any emergencies.  Notifications were made via the Everbridge Mass Notification System, a Facebook Post, and the Town's Website. 
The Tainter gates are the arms that control the flow of water at the dam. The Lake Lure Dam has three Tainter gates. These gates are raised and lowered as needed as a normal course of operation. The Town sounds the siren if the Tainter gates are opened by 3 feet or more to ensure the public will be aware of the flood warning, to use caution near rivers, streams, and areas prone to flooding.
On 4/29/20, the Town opened a combination of the Tainter gates for a cumulative total of 4 feet (i.e we opened #3 Tainter gate 36 inches and opened #2 Tainter gate 12 inches) Tainter gates were raised by 4 feet to match the amount of water that was coming into Lake Lure via streams and groundwater runoff.  Lake Lure received approximately 2.15" inches of rain overnight. The Town did not release more water than we received.
If you did not receive an Everbrige Notification, Please Register Now.  
If you have any questions please send them to Communications@townoflakelure.com .
 

 


 
 
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents
Affected by Severe Storms and Tornadoes

 

WASHINGTON – Businesses and residents affected by severe storms and tornadoes on Feb. 6 - 7, 2020 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today.  The declaration covers Spartanburg County and the adjacent counties of Cherokee, Greenville, Laurens and Union in South Carolina; and Polk and Rutherford in North Carolina.

 

 


 

 

Thank  You From Lake Lure!

 

 

 


 

Local Good News Stories

April 17, 2020

 

 

Thank you to the Rutherford Women’s League for their $7,000 donation to Washburn Outreach Center today. Washburn Outreach Center works to provide food and assistance to many citizens affected.

Additionally, thank you to the Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach Center and all of their volunteers for your ongoing efforts to help eliminate hunger and provide emergency services with love and compassion to those in need living in our community. We appreciate you!

Please send your good news stories to Communications@townoflakelure.com

 

 

 


 

 

2020 Census

 

 

The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact our communities for the next decade. 

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how federal funding will flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location. 

Census results affect planning and funding for infrastructure—including programs for highway planning and construction, community development, and rural water and waste disposal systems.

If you haven’t already completed the 2020 Census questionnaire you may complete it online, by phone, or by mail. It's quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete. It's safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected.

Please click on the following link to complete the online questionnaire and to obtain additional information: https://2020census.gov/ 

 

 

 


 

 

Supporting Local Businesses

 

 

Rural communities such as ours have been greatly impacted by the global Corona Virus pandemic. The small businesses and restaurants here in Hickory Nut Gorge are doing the best they can to navigate through this unprecedented time.  Many restaurants are offering curbside take-out and delivery, and only essential retailers are permitted to be open.  

The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge is offering EVERYONE the opportunity to help them virtually by purchasing gift cards for future visits with our participating area merchants. 

Simply click on the Register Now button, add your name and email address as attendee, then select the various gift cards you wish to purchase. You will see various denominations that you can choose from. Gift card(s) will be emailed out each Thursday.

One hundred percent (100%) of the purchased amounts go directly to the business.  The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge is managing this process and paying costs associated with this effort.

The local businesses need your support!  PLEASE ORDER YOUR GIFT CARD TODAY! 

Thank you for your support of businesses in our community!

 

 


 

Good News Stories

April 15, 2020

 

 

 

Thank you to the following local individuals and organizations for donations to our local efforts.

• Element Church donated $1,500 to the Rutherford Senior Center to help with purchased food for their daily distribution to local seniors.

• The local Republican Party donated 450 surgical masks   

 

 


 

 

Lake Lure Ladies Making A Difference

One Mask At A Time



Ladies all across Lake Lure are making much needed masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Yvonne Cooley has made and delivered masks to the Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach and to numerous high-risk individuals in the community.  Yvonne is pictured above modeling one of the colorful masks she made in addition to the photo of the masks that have been distributed.

Nancy Evans is spearheading one group of mask makers, dubbed the Lake Lure Masketeers. Nancy is pictured above in her sewing room. The Lake Lure Masketeers including Yvonne Cooley, Mary Ellen Jones, Carol Wolfe, Yates Marsic, Julie Parsell, along with Nancy.  They have made the masks and distributed them to the Lake Lure Fire Department, Lake Lure Police Department , Bills Creek Fire Department, Hickory Nut Gorge Emergency Medical Services, Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach, Chimney Rock Fire Department, Fairfield Mountain Fire Department, Rutherfordton Police Department, MAHEC, Rutherford Veterinary Hospital, the VA hospital in Asheville, and Hospice of Rutherford County. They estimate having made over 300 masks thus far.  Nancy added, “We are glad to be helping our first responders and others on the front lines. Our motto is Making a Difference, One Mask at a time.”

Another team of sewers from Lake Lure are now known as “The Masked Heroes.”  These mask makers include the women from the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, women from the Lake Lure Artists group, and anonymous ladies who are donating their time, materials and talents to make the much needed masks.   They are volunteering to sew masks for our area residents for distribution by our local doctor’s office.  The Masked Heroes' goal is to make 100 masks for Blue Ridge Health. They are half way to that goal.  The volunteers are providing materials, their time, and expertise as well as sewing the masks.

Anyone interested in contributing in anyway and/or sewing for the Masked Heroes may contact Communications@townoflakelure.com.

 

 


 

Today's inspiration

April 14, 2020



“It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.”

― Doe Zantamata

The lovely moonlight photo was taken by Blaine Cox. 

Please continue to send your inspiring photographs, quotes and stories to Communications@townoflakelure.com.  

 

 

 


 


North Carolina Executive Order  131

April 13, 2020 

Tighten Social Distancing Measures, Strengthen Long-Term Care Rules and Streamline Unemployment Benefits Process.

 

Governor Cooper Signed an Order to Tighten Social Distancing Measures, Strengthen Long-Term Care Rules and Streamline Unemployment Benefits Process. Three key areas are addressed in the order. The first requires retail stores that are still operating to implement new social distancing policies to make shopping safer for customers and employees. The second makes earlier COVID-19 guidelines mandatory for nursing facilities, and recommends other long-term care facilities to do the same. The third area is unemployment benefits, issuing changes that will speed up certain benefit payments to those who are out of work.
 
“North Carolina continues to take strong action to slow the spread of COVID-19, and today’s Order will help make stores safer, protect those living and working in nursing homes, and get more unemployment benefits out quicker. Our state is resilient, and we will get through this crisis together if we all do our part,” said Governor Cooper. 
 
 

 


 

 

COVID-19 Information Resource Guide

Download the COVID-19 Resource Guides


Location

Lake Lure

Rutherford County

North Carolina

CDC

Resource

Needs Assessment Officer

Health Screenings

   COVID-19     Call Center

COVID-19 Guidelines

Phone Number

(828)625-9983x103

(828) 289-1185

2-1-1

(800) CDC-INFO

(800) 232-4636

Website

www.townoflakelure.com

www.ncdhhs.gov

www.nc211.org

www.cdc.gov

For questions or suggestions please write to Communications@townoflake.com

 

COVID-19 Physical Resource Guide

 

For Emergencies Call 9-1-1

Location

Blue Ridge Health Clinic

Lake Lure Ingles

Lake Lure Pharmacy

Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach

Resource

Medical and Behavioral Health Care

Groceries

Medications

Food Pantry

Phone Number

(828) 625-4400

(828) 289-1185

(828) 625-0748

(828) 625-4683

Website

brchs.com

ingles-markets.com

ingles-pharmacy.com

hickorynutgorgeoutreach.org

Notes

Hours of Operation:

Mon – Fri 8am – 5pm

New patients may be enrolled via telephone.

Hours of Operation:

7AM – 9PM

Beginning 3/24/20 7-8am  Tues & Wed

Senior Shoppers or those with compromised Immune Systems

Drive through Pharmacy is available

Mon-Fri 9AM-9PM

Sat & Sun 9AM-6PM

Hours of Operation:

Monday, Thursday

10am – 4pm
Friday 10am – 4:00pm

 

 

Rutherford County COVID-19 Informational Updates

  Updated 4/14/20


Rutherford County Senior Center Closure

3/13/20

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

3/16/20

ToLL Emergency Declaration

3/17/20

County Closures, Cancellations, and Service Modifications

3/18/20 (Updated 3/23/20)

Medical Screening Hotline

3/19/20

Rutherford County Emergency Operations  Center

3/23/20

DSS Temporary Procedures During COVID-19 Crisis

3/23/20 

Solid Waste Convenience Center Protocol during COVID-19  

3/23/20

Rumbling Bald Resort Temporary Closure 

3/25/20-4/5/20

 

US Attorney Urges Public to Report Suspected COVID-19 Fraud

3/23/20

 Stay At Home Order and FAQs from Rutherford County

3/27/20

Rutherford County Joint Proclamation of State of Emergency

3/27/20 

Rutherford County Short Term Rental Suspension Request as of 3/27/20

3/27/20 

State of NC Executive Order Stay at Home Order & Strategic Directions for COVID-19

3/27/20

Frequently Asked Questions for NC Stay at Home Order

3/27/20

Rutherford  County First Two COVID-19 Cases

033020

Rutherford  County Medical Strike Team

3/30/20

Rutherford  County Animal Control Closed

3/31/20 

Updated Senior Center Closure

3/31/20

Lake Lure Supplemental Emergency Declaration

3/31/20

Lake Lure  Mayor's Letter    to Citizens  3/31/20

Payroll Protection Program

 

Rutherford County Proclamation Suspending Residential  Vacation Rentals

4/3/20

Updated Senior Center Closure

3/31/20  


  North Carolina Executive Order 130

Expanded Flexibility

4/9/20

North Carolina Executive Order  131

Tighten Social Distancing Measures, Strengthen Long-Term Care Rules and Streamline Unemployment Benefits Process

4/9/20

 
 

 

 

 


 

 

Today's Inspiration

April 13, 2020

 

 

Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

Desmond Tutu  

 

 


 

 

Today's Inspiration

April 12, 2020

 

 

Thank you for staying home and staying safe. Be well and Happy Easter from the Town of Lake Lure,

(Captivating photo by the very talented Buddy Morrison.)  

 

 


 

 

Local Good News Stories

April 13, 2020

 

 


Special thanks to the National Guard who delivered safety glasses to the Rutherford County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The EOC is the central supply location for PPE donations and purchases for our county. The EOC works to deliver PPE supplies to the medical providers and first responder agencies in our community. If you have any donations please call 287-6074. Also, thank you to the following kids: Callie, Chloe and Chancellor for delivering orange twists from Davis Donuts to the hard working paramedics at Rutherford County EMS.

Please send your good news stories to Communications@townoflakelure.com


 


 

 

 

 Bring Your Own Gas

April 8, 2020


Lake Lure Tours is closed temporarily until further notice. The marine fuel dispenser (gas pump) at the Washburn Marina has malfunctioned and is not working.

The Town has ordered a replacement gas pump and will work with Lake Lure Tours to get the pump installed as soon as possible. Updates will be provided as soon as the gas dispenser is operational again.  In the meantime, please bring your own fuel for your boats.

 

 


 

 

Today's Inspiration

April 7, 2020

 


 

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”– Mary Anne Radmacher  

Magnificent sunset Photo of the Town of Lake Lure is submitted by Charles Yop.

Please continue to send your inspiring photographs, quotes and stories to Communications@townoflakelure.com.  

 

 


 

 

Lake Lure Good News Stories

April 7, 2020 

 

 

Top 3 Local Positive Efforts to Share from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC):

•   RHI gave a $25,000 grant to purchase PPE at our central source location at the EOC

•   Rutherford Outdoor Coalition members packaged 200 boxes and handed out over 120 boxes of food for Chase Corner Ministries. Thank you to Chase Corner Ministries for providing this much needed service.

•   A special thank you to some individuals sewing masks for health care workers. Today we thank: Della Richardson, Marsha Daves, and Monica Martin.

We know there are many more individuals, organization and businesses doing good will.  We have more businesses to share tomorrow and will continue to share this information with you as we receive it.

Please email us at Communications@townoflakelure.com if you have a positive story to share.  

 

 


 

 

Today's Inspiration

April 4, 2020

 

 

 

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunset Photo by Bill Tate

 

 

 


 

Good News  Stories

April 3, 2020 

 

 

We’d like to share some good news going on in Rutherford County and the many partners working together to help our cause locally.

  • We know there are many more individuals, organization and businesses doing good will.
  • We have more businesses to share tomorrow and will continue to share this information with you as we receive it.
  • Please email us at covid19@rutherfordcountync.gov if you have a positive story to share.
  • Here are just a few: 
  1. Facebook donated 1,000 surgical masks.
  2. Dominos Pizza in Rutherfordton and Forest City are donating over 400 Large Pizzas throughout the community. This includes Rutherford Hospital Staff, Fire Departments, Police Departments, School Personnel, Pharmacy Staff and Grace of God Rescue Mission.
  3. Big Springs Baptist Church in Hollis/Ellenboro area is making and donating cloth face masks to give to local healthcare workers, plus they are supporting two area schools with making and delivering backpack food, and assisting in preparation of breakfast and lunch at area schools.
  4. Current companies are finding suppliers of PPE for us.
  5. Parker Hannifin donated more face shields, but also gloves and aprons
  6. Isothermal Community College donated gloves.
 

 

 


 

 

Today's Inspiration

April 3, 2020

 

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. –Maya Angelou  

 

 

Special thanks to the very talented Michelle Schwartz for sharing this breath taking photograph. Please send your inspiring photographs to communications@townoflakelure.com.  

 

 


 

 

Lake Lure Good News Stories

April 3, 2020 

 

 

Lake Lure Baptist Church (6837 US 64/74A Lake Lure) is having a free food giveaway this Sunday, 4/5/20. They have prepared baskets of food and toilet paper for those who are in need. These will be given out on Sunday. 4/5/20 from 12:30 pm to 3 pm OR until their stocks last. NOTE: This will be a drive-thru pickup in the church parking lot so that social distancing practices may be closely followed. First come. First served. This is Lake Lure Baptist Church family's way of trying to help those who are in need and showing their love for our community.  

 


 

Rutherford County Proclamation Suspending Residential Vacation Rentals

April 3, 2020 

 

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to pose a looming threat to the health and safety of people of Rutherford County. As the situation continues to develop and new cases are reported throughout the state of North Carolina, and especially in the foothills region, our local government continues to be proactive in taking the necessary staeps to stem the spread of COVID-19 through all appropriate means.  

At this time, Rutherford County government, along with the public health and safety officials are requesting that the use of all short-term rentals be suspended in Rutherford County until further notice.

 

Download the  Rutherford County Proclamation Suspending Residential Vacation Rentals

 

 

 


 

 

Violations of Stay at Home Orders

 

We know people are concerned about businesses violating the Stay at Home order.

Citizens can go to www.rutherfordcountync.gov and click on the COVID-19 box.

Once you click on the box you will see a violations form that can be filled out.

 

       




       

       

      Today's Inspiration

      April 2, 2020 

      When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. (Henry Ford)  

       

       

       

       

       


       

       

      Lake Access for Lake Lure Property Owners Returning Boats

      April 1, 2020

      The Town of Lake Lure closed Public Boat Ramps effective 3/31/20 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

      • The Town will open these Boat Ramps for Lake Lure Property Owners who need their boats back on the Lake while Public Boat Ramps are closed.
      • The Public Boat Ramps are only to be used for the return of boats and are closed for any other reason.
      •  Social distancing guidelines must be closely followed.
      •  Please click here for instructions:

       

       

       

       

       


       

       

      Good News Stories

       

       

        We’d also like to share some good news going on in Rutherford County and the many partners working together to help our cause locally.  Here are just a few:

        1. Parker Hannafin is creating face shields utilizing their 3D printer.

        2. Defiant Whiskey has made hand sanitizer for first responders.

        3. Westrock has donated bleach and rubbing alcohol.

        4. Trelleborg and Spencer Baptist both donated Tyvek suits.

        5. Multiple dentists have also donated PPE:  Dr. John Crossland (surgical masks), Dr. Thompson (gloves), Dr. Frank Jones (disposable gowns), Blanton Miller & Moore (surgical masks and disposable gowns)

        We know there are many more individuals, organization and businesses doing good will.  We have more businesses to share tomorrow and will continue to share this information with you as we receive it.

        Please email us at Communications@townoflakelure.com if you have a positive story to share.  

           

           

           


           

          Town of Lake Lure Supplemental Declaration 

          on Residential Vacation Rentals and Parks

          March 31, 2020 

           Greetings from the Town of Lake Lure,

          The Lake Lure Town Council and Staff have been working to strengthen safety measures to protect our community from the COVID-19 pandemic.   Rutherford County issued a Declaration of State of Emergency on 3/16/20 and the Town of Lake Lure issued a Proclamation of State of Emergency on 3/17/20.  Rutherford County and the incorporated municipalities then issued a Joint Supplemental Proclamation of a State of Emergency on 3/27/20 and also issued a Rutherford County Short Term Rental Suspension Request on 3/27/20.

          Rutherford County’s Short Term Rental Suspension Request is voluntary, but recognizes the best available medical evidence confirms that human travel promotes the spread of this disease and the presence of visitors in Rutherford County has the potential to exacerbate the strain on the limited healthcare resources and facilities available within Rutherford County. This request was made to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in a manner and at a pace that overwhelms the ability of Rutherford County and its healthcare partners to respond effectively in the coming days. This Suspension Request was made to all types of transient lodging within the County.           

          The average age of year-round residents in Lake Lure is approximately 60. Older persons have been identified as particularly susceptible to life-threatening complications associated with COVID-19.  Residential Vacation Rentals pose an increased risk and danger for the spread of the COVID-19 virus within the Town of Lake Lure due to the age of our population and the number of such Rentals within the Town’s corporate limits, approximately 340 units.  Additionally, the Town’s Residential Vacation Rentals are embedded throughout the Town’s Residential neighborhoods. 

          To protect our citizens, the Town of Lake Lure is suspending Residential Vacation Rentals within Town limits.  

          ·  All Residential Vacation Rental properties (as defined in §92.005 Zoning Regulations of the Town of Lake Lure) in the incorporated area of Lake Lure, shall cease accepting new reservations for any period of time from 12:01 a.m. 4/1/20 through 5/15/20 (such time limit is subject to further modification).  

          ·  Violations of this Declaration may result in suspension of Residential Vacation Rental permits, along with additional fines set forth in the Town Code and herein.

          ·  Existing reservations made for a period beginning 4/1/20 through 5/15/20 will be rescheduled or canceled.

          ·  Visitors currently checked in may remain until the end of their existing reservations, but such reservations shall not be extended. 

          ·  Those units consistently occupied since 3/1/20 are exempt, but rental occupancy may not be increased by others, including friends or family members.

          The Town will continue to monitor the data released by local, State and National authorities regarding COVID-19 and may extend the ban outlined herein to other types of transient lodging facilities within the Town as appropriate.  Additionally, publicly-owned and privately-owned places where large numbers of persons tend to congregate consistently throughout the day pose a particular risk for the spread of COVID-19, such as parks and similar recreational sites.  

          To protect our citizens, all amusements designed to attract and accommodate visitors, are hereby ordered to close effective Tuesday, 3/31/20, including but not limited to movies and live performances, miniature golf (not golf courses), amusement parks and arcades, and similar attractions typically involving more than 10 persons at any given time.

          ·   The  following Parks and public areas shall close effective 3/31/20:

          Ø  Public Boat Ramps - Closed

          Ø  Morse Park - Closed

          Ø  Flowering Bridge – Closed

          Ø  Pool Creek Park – Closed

          ·   Buffalo Creek Park/Weed Patch Mountain and Dittmer Watts Park (all walking/hiking trails) shall remain open; however, appropriate social distancing of persons (at least six feet) shall be practiced and enforced.

          ·   Golf Courses may remain open; however, no more than one person shall be allowed per cart.  Walking on the golf course shall be allowed with appropriate social distancing being practiced and enforced.  

          The Town recognizes the importance of making some outdoor areas available but will continue to monitor developing conditions and whether these opportunities are being used in an acceptable and safe manner by the public and may issue further Orders in appropriate circumstances.  Any person who violates any provision of this declaration shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor in accordance with G.S. 14-288.20A.

          Please continue to visit the Town’s Website where daily updates are posted at www.townoflakelure.com.  See the link for “Town News” on the Homepage for information related to Rutherford County, the Town of Lake Lure, and CDC Guidelines for prevention.

          ·   If you need emergency assistance, please call 9-1-1.  

          ·   If you need COVID-19 Health Screening call Rutherford County, NC Medical Screening Hotline at (828) 289-1185.

          ·  If you need resources or information in COVID-19, please call 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162.

          ·  Be sure you are registered for Everbridge, the Town’s Mass Emergency Notification System.  To register for Everbridge you may visit the Town Website at www.townoflakelure.com. and look for the link for Everbridge on the left hand side of the page.    

          ·  If you have further questions or need additional support during this Emergency Period, please contact Laura Krejci our Needs Assessment Officer at 828-625-9983, ext. 103.

          Thank you for your ongoing cooperation during this challenging time.  Our continued unity as a community is critical.  Please continue to stay safe, stay informed and Stay At Home to assist in controlling the spread of     COVID-19.  Please take this opportunity to support each other and to staying in touch with family, friends, and neighbors.   

          /es/ Carol Pritchett

          Mayor, Town of Lake Lure

           

          Download the Mayor's Letter 

          Download the Town of  Lake Lure Supplemental State of Emergency Declaration

          Download Instructions for Lake Access for Lake Lure Property Owners Returning Boats

           

           

           

          Rutherford County Strike Teams

          March 30, 2020

          The Rutherford County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has developed unique medical strike teams to check in on patients suffering from COVID-19. It is the best medical practice for patients to isolate at home and treat with fluids, an anti-fever medication such as Tylenol, and rest. However, with several high risk populations, Rutherford County wants to provide special focus on their needs.

          Each Strike Team consists of one or two paramedics or EMT’s who will provide a follow up well check via phone or in person of COVID-19 patients that are under self-isolation protocols. They will also perform vital sign checks on these patients and work closely with Rutherford Regional Health System’s providers to utilize telemedicine services if needed. The EOC in conjunction with Rutherford Regional Medical Center, will stay in contact with these patients to monitor how they are progressing. If a patient become critical, EMS will transport them to Rutherford Regional for additional resources. Frequency of contact will depend on availability of medical resources and the total number of patients.  

          Read more....

           

           


           

          What is the Paycheck Protection Program?

          (Link to A Simple Guide)

           

          The U.S. federal government just passed a big coronavirus relief bill, aimed at supporting small businesses through this difficult time.

          One of the measures in the bill is the Paycheck Protection Program—here’s everything you need to know.

          Further reading: The Coronavirus Relief Bill—Every Benefit for Small Businesses

           

           


           

          Today's Inspiration

          March 27, 2020

           

          “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller



           

          President's COVID-19 Guidelines

          Download Guidelines

           

           

          Download Guidelines

           

           

           

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          State of North Carolina Executive Order

          Stay At Home Order and Strategic Directions for NC in Response to COVIC-19

          March 27, 2020

           

          Download the NC State Executive Order

          Download the Frequently Asked Questions Related to the Executive Order

           

           

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          Rutherford County COVID-19 New State At Home Order

          March 27, 2019

           

           

          A new Stay At Home Order has been signed by Rutherford County. The Town of Bostic, the Town of Forest City, the Town of Lake Lure, the Town of Rutherfordton and the Town of Spindale directs residents to stay at home effective at 6:00 am on Saturday, 3/28/2020.

          • This Order will be in place for three weeks until 4/17/20 at 6:00 am.
          • The Order limits activity, travel, and business functions to only the most basic and essential needs.
          • To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence.
          • This Order was issued in response to the significant and increasing number of suspected cases of community transmission and likely further significant increases in transmission.
          • The order defines essential activities as necessary for the health and safety for individuals and their families.

          The following are, for the purposes of this Proclamation, all Essential Activities:

          1. For health and safety. To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to an individual's health and safety to self, family, household, partners, or pets.

          2. For necessary supplies and services. To obtain for themselves and their family or household members (or to deliver to others) necessary supplies such as groceries and food, household consumer products, items needed to work from home, and products needed to maitain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences. 

          3. For outdoor activity. Provided  compliance with Social Distancing Requirements, including walking, hiking, golfing, cycling, boating, fishing, hunting, or running.

          4. To take care of others. To care for a family member, friend, or pets in another household, and to transport them for purposes allowed in this proclamation. 

          5.  For certain types of work. For work at Essential Businesses or Essential Goverment Services, or performing Minimum Basic Operations.

          Download Rutherford County Stay at Home Order & Frequently Asked Questions 

           

           

          COVID-19 Information Resource Guide

          Download the COVID-19 Resource Guides


          Location

          Lake Lure

          Rutherford County

          North Carolina

          CDC

          Resource

          Needs Assessment Officer

          Health Screenings

          COVID-19

          Call Center

          COVID-19 Guidelines

          Phone Number

          (828)625-9983x103

          (828) 289-1185

          2-1-1

          (800) CDC INFO

          (800) 232-4636

          Website

          www.townoflakelure.com

          www.ncdhhs.gov

          www.nc211.org

          www.cdc.gov

          For questions or suggestions please write to Communications@townoflake.com

           

          COVID-19 Physical Resource Guide

           

          For Emergencies Call 9-1-1

          Location

          Blue Ridge Health Clinic

          Lake Lure Ingles

          Lake Lure Pharmacy

          Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach

          Resource

          Medical and Behavioral Health Care

          Groceries

          Medications

          Food Pantry

          Phone Number

          (828) 625-4400

          (828) 289-1185

          (828) 625-0748

          (828) 625-4683

          Website

          brchs.com

          ingles-markets.com

          ingles-pharmacy.com

          hickorynutgorgeoutreach.org

          Notes

          Hours of Operation:

          Mon – Fri 8am – 5pm

          New patients may be enrolled via telephone.

          Hours of Operation:

          7AM – 9PM

          Beginning 3/24/20 7-8am  Tues & Wed

          Senior Shoppers or those with compromised Immune Systems

          Drive through Pharmacy is available

          Mon-Fri 9AM-9PM

          Sat & Sun 9AM-6PM

          Hours of Operation:

          Monday, Thursday

          10am – 4pm
          Friday 10am – 4:00pm

           

           

          Rutherford County COVID-19 Informational Updates

            Updated 4/2/20


          Rutherford County Senior Center Closure

          3/13/20

          COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

          3/16/20

          ToLL Emergency Declaration

          3/17/20

          County Closures, Cancellations, and Service Modifications

          3/18/20 (Updated 3/23/20)

          Medical Screening Hotline

          3/19/20

          Rutherford County Emergency Operations  Center

          3/23/20

          DSS Temporary Procedures During COVID-19 Crisis

          3/23/20 

          Solid Waste Convenience Center Protocol during COVID-19  

          3/23/20

          Rumbling Bald Resort Temporary Closure 

          3/25/20-4/5/20

           

          US Attorney Urges Public to Report Suspected COVID-19 Fraud

          3/23/20

           Stay At Home Order and FAQs from Rutherford County

          3/27/20

          Rutherford County Joint Proclamation of State of Emergency

          3/27/20 

          Rutherford County Short Term Rental Suspension Request as of 3/27/20

          3/27/20 

          State of NC Executive Order Stay at Home Order & Strategic Directions for COVID-19

          3/27/20

          Frequently Asked Questions for NC Stay at Home Order

          3/27/20

          Rutherford  County First Two COVID-19 Cases

          033020

          Rutherford  County Medical Strike Team

          3/30/20

          Rutherford  County Animal Control Closed

          3/31/20 

          Updated Senior Center Closure

          3/31/20

          Lake Lure Supplemental Emergency Declaration

          3/31/20

          Lake Lure  Mayor's Letter    to Citizens  3/31/20

          Payroll     Protection Program

           

          Rutherford County Proclamation Suspending Residential  Vacation Rentals

          4/3/20

          Updated Senior Center Closure

          3/31/20  

          North Carolina Executive Order  131

          Tighten Social Distancing Measures, Strengthen Long-Term Care Rules and Streamline Unemployment Benefits Process  

           

           

           

           


           

           

          Message from the Mayor

             March 20, 2020

          Greetings from the Town of Lake Lure,

          We are here to serve you during this challenging time.  Your Town Council and Staff want to ensure your critical needs are met and we are here to support you as needed.

          We are providing daily updates on our Town Website at www.townoflakelure.com.  Please see the link for “Town News” on the Homepage for information on prevention, resources, and the latest Center for Disease Control and Prevention updates related to COVID-19.  

          If you did not receive our electronic notification on 3/17/20, the Town of Lake Lure designated an Emergency Period from March 18, 2020 – May 15, 2020.  We want to ensure you have the latest information and contacts to call in case you need assistance.

          • 911: If you need emergency assistance, please call 9-1-1.  
          • COVID-19 Screening: If you need COVID-19 Health Screening call Rutherford County, NC Medical Screening Hotline at (828) 289-1185.
          • If you need resources or information in COVID-19, please call 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162.
          • NC 2-1-1- is staffed by United Way of North Carolina and this is a resource for people to call for assistance related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. 
          • North Carolinians can text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19.  You may sign up now to get regular alerts on the rapidly evolving situation and North Carolina’s response. 
          • NC 2-1-1 can refer callers to the organizations in their local community best equipped to address their specific health and human services needs including food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, employment, substance abuse treatment, as well as specific resources for older adults and for persons with disabilities.
          • Simply dial 2-1-1 or TTY 888-892-1162 for assistance.
          • Emergency Notification System: We also want to take this opportunity to ensure you are registered for Everbridge, the Town’s Mass Emergency Notification System.  To register for Everbridge you may visit the Town Website at www.townoflakelure.com. and look for the link for Everbridge on the left hand side of the page.   You may call 828-625-9983 ext. 103 and our staff will assist with your registration. 
          • Needs Assessment Officer: If you have further questions or need additional support during this Emergency Period, please contact Laura Krejci our Needs Assessment Officer at 828-625-9983, ext. 103.

          Thank you for your cooperation during this challenging time.  It is important that we stay united as a community to take the necessary precautions to assist in controlling the spread of COVID-19.  Please take this opportunity to support each other and to staying in touch with friends and neighbors.   

          Carol Pritchett

          Mayor, Town of Lake Lure

           

           


           

           

          NC 2-1-1 to Provide Assistance for COVID-19

           

           

          Governor Roy Cooper announced NC 2-1-1 by United Way of North Carolina as a resource for people to call for assistance related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. 

          North Carolinians can text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19. Sign up now to get regular alerts on the rapidly evolving situation and North Carolina’s response.

          NC 2-1-1 can refer callers to the organizations in their local community best equipped to address their specific health and human services needs including food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, employment, substance abuse treatment, as well as specific resources for older adults and for persons with disabilities, and much more. Simply dial 2-1-1 or TTY 888-892-1162 for assistance.

          All North Carolinians are encouraged to visit www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus for reliable, up-to-date information. Included on this page is helpful information for:

          Information that could help everyone includes:

          • Latest Updates for NC: COVID-19 case count, weekly updates, list of websites and social media to find reliable COVID-19 information.

          • Stigma: What can be done to combat fear and anxiety.

           

           


           

           

           

          Dear North Carolinian:

          I am pleased to inform you that the SBA has approved the request for North Carolina’s disaster declaration.  Eligible applicants may now apply for economic injury disaster loans (EIDLs) as a result of the ongoing effects of COVID-19.

          Please feel free to share this message and/or the information below with friends and colleagues. 

          Thank you and do feel free to call on the SBA North Carolina District if we can be of service.

          Sincerely,
          Thomas A. Stith III
          District Director

           

          SBA Assistance Resources in light of COVID-19 Pandemic


          The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in modified and additional SBA resources to help our small businesses, small aquacultural businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and/or most private nonprofit organizations. 

          Read More

           

           


           

          Important Town Updates

          March 17, 2020

          Emergency Period March 18, 2020 – May 15, 2020  

           

           

          Limited Access to Town Hall - Effective 3/18/20: Town leadership encourages customers to conduct Town business via telephone or mail as much as possible.  Customers should pay by mail or by phone using credit cards, rather than coming into Town Hall. (A 3% fee applies to credit card payments.)  However walk-up windows will be available to accommodate customers during regular business hours Monday-Friday, if needed.  

          Utility Payments: The Town will NOT turn off utilities for missed payments during the emergency period, March 18, 2020 – May 15, 2020.  The Town will give customers another 30 days beyond the Emergency Period until June 15, 2020 to work out a payment plan and/or pay their bills in full. This should ensure no interruption of service.

          Boat Permits: The Town will cease enforcement relative to current/existing boat permits until June 15, 2020.  However, everyone must secure new boat permits by June 15, 2020.  All other regulations still apply.

          Burn Permits: Burn Permits will not be issued during the Emergency Period.

          Limited In-Person Meetings - Effective 3/18/20:

          ·  All Town Board and Committee meetings other than those held by Town Council are suspended until May 15, 2020. 

          ·  The Town will be limiting Town Council meetings to ten or fewer face-to-face participants which will include Town Council and Town Staff. This is in keeping with best practices for social distancing as recommended by the latest National Guidelines. 

          ·  The Town will Live Stream Town Council Meetings to allow virtual participation in meetings as much as possible.  

          ·  See Live Streaming to view the meeting. this link is available from the Town of Lake Lure Website Homepage at www.townoflakelure.com

          Town Hall and Facilities:Lake Lure Town Hall, Police Department, Fire Department, the Lake Operations building, and Public Works facility (including offices and garages) will be closed for any meetings or gatherings other than official Town business.

          Restaurants and Bars: In accordance with the Governor of the State of North Carolina’s executive order effective at 5:00 pm on 3/17/20, all restaurants and bars will be closed to dine-in customers in an effort to fight the coronavirus outbreak. Restaurants and bars may still provide take-out and delivery operations, but cannot have customers in the dining room.

          Download the Town of Lake Lure Emergency Period Press Release

           


           

           

          Prevention is Key!

           

          The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

          • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
          • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
          • Stay home when you are sick.
          • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
          • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
          • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
            • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
            • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
          • Wash your hands often 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. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

          For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

          For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

          These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

           

          Local Resources


          • Local Provider: If you need to be seen, you may contact Blue Ridge Health

            Address: 146 Nesbitt Ridge, off Highway 9, near Ingles in Lake Lure.

            Hours of Operation: They are open Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm.

            Appointments: While appointments are encouraged, walk-ins are welcome.

            Contact Number: For more information or to make an appointment, call 828.625.4400.  


          • County Health Department: If you have specific questions regarding COVID 19 you may contact the Rutherford County Health Department at 828-287-6100. 

           

           

          • NC COVID 19 Call Center: 866-462-3821

           

          Center for Disease Control (CDC) Recommendations


        • Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:
          • Individuals and communities should familiarize themselves with recommendations to protect themselves and their communities from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.
          • Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
          • If you are a healthcare provider, be on the look-out for:
          • If you are a healthcare provider or a public health responder caring for a COVID-19 patient, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
          • If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill are able to isolate at home.
          • If you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and you develop COVID-19 symptoms, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill are able to isolate at home.
        • For people who are ill with COVID-19, but are not sick enough to be hospitalized, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness.
        • If you have been in China or another affected area or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you will face some limitations on your movement and activityPlease follow instructions during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow spread of this virus.
        • For additional information please visit CDC.gov 

           

           

           

           

          Bear Alarm Clocks Are Going Off  

          Bears’ internal alarm clocks start ringing in March, with many adult male bears emerging from their dens sometime this month. Next to wake up will be juveniles of both sexes, then female bears with yearlings and solitary females. Mother bears with newborn cubs are the last to poke their noses out into the world. After not eating or drinking for several months, it’s time for water, stretching and wandering around. Soon after getting their bearings, bears start looking for food. 

          Now is the time to double-check your to-do list and make sure there’s nothing that will attract bears to your home or property. A few hours of prevention now can save you a lot of time and trouble later.


           


           


           

          Employment Opportunities

           

           

          Development and Environmental Review Specialist: The Town of Lake Lure is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time Development and Environmental Review Specialist. Candidate will perform professional, administrative and enforcement type work requiring extensive public contact reviewing applications for land development, codes, environmental regulations, and nuisance abatement.   Please see Employment Opportunities for additional information.

           

          Firefighter: The Town of Lake Lure is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time firefighter at the Lake Lure Fire Department.  Please see Employment Opportunities for additional information.

            

           


           

           

           
           

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          Register for Everbridge to Receive Important Notifications

           

          The Town of Lake Lure's Mass Notification System is Everbridge

           
          The Town of Lake Lure has implemented Everbridge, a new Mass Notification service that allows the Town of Lake Lure to alert you when necessary. This is the notification system utilized by Rutherford County and it will replace the Code Red System that is currently in place. You may opt-in to enter your contact information and subscribe based on your location. The information you provide is protected and will not be used for any other purpose.


          How It Works

          When the Town of Lake Lure issues a notification about a potential safety hazard or concern, you will receive a message on the voice or text communication methods that you have registered. If requested for the notification, you can confirm that you have received the message and you will not be contacted by any subsequent methods regarding that particular notification. If you do not confirm, the system will continue to attempt to reach you at all of the contact paths that you have registered.


          Sign up for Notifications

          Please click here to create an account and add your contact and location information into the Mass Notification system. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.  Be sure to select the "Emergent/Pertinent Information" when setting up your Alert Subscriptions. 


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          LAKE LURE DAM UPDATES

          Please click here for a summary of the dam’s history, present day realities, and findings of the exhaustive analysis that has been recently conducted. 

          This report also includes the next steps Town Council is taking to ensure the dam meets current day standards.   

          Regular updates are provided in Town Council Meetings.

           

           


           

          LAKE LURE DAM BRIDGE 

           

          The Lake Lure Dam Bridge is owned by the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The Town of Lake Lure requested a copy of the latest safety inspection report from NCDOT. 

          Please click here to read this report.

          Town leaders are working to ensure a coordinated effort is made as NCDOT considers future options for renovating/replacing the bridge.