Town News Summer 2020

Lake Lure COVID-19 Updates 

July 10, 2020

 

 

There are two (2) known active positive cases in Lake Lure at this time; however, one must take precautions at all times as anyone could be asymptomatic or be a silent spreader of COVID-19.

We have important goals: to protect our families, friends and neighbors from getting seriously ill; to restore our economy and get people back to work safely; and to get our children back to school safely.

To attain these goals, we must remain vigilant and continue to work together to combat the spread of COVID-19 by taking preventive actions. Please practice the 3 Ws:

Wear a cloth face covering.

Wait 6 feet apart from others.

Wash your hands.  

Thank you!

 

 

 

NC COVID-19 Updates 

July 10, 2020

 

 

Knowing when to dial up or down measures that slow the spread of the virus depends on North Carolina’s testing, tracing and trends. The data in the NC COVID-19 dashboard provides an overview on the metrics and capacities that the state is following.

The following graphs illustrate the NC lab confirmed COVID-19 cases, the number of completed tests, and those currently hospitalized.  For additional information and data about COVID-19 in Rutherford County, as well as state guidelines, please read more here...

  
 

 

 

 

Rutherford County COVID-19 Updates

July 10, 2020

It is with great sadness that we report another COVID-19 death in Rutherford County. There are now (11) total deaths. For today, 7/10/20 there are (13) new positive cases since we reported on Wednesday, 7/8/20. There are (391) total positive cases and (117) total active cases. There are 6 total known cases and (2) known active cases in the Lake Lure zip code (28746).  

We must stay vigilant in social distancing, wearing facial coverings in public, and good hygiene and using protective measures to keep ourselves safe. We cannot lose focus of this serious situation, which is to stop the transmission of COVID-19 and to save lives.

Your Public Health team is dedicated and committed to keeping you safe and protecting the community. Rutherford County………Who are you wearing your mask for?

For additional information about COVID-19 data in Rutherford County and NC read more here...

To contact the Foothills Health District Please call Rutherford Co. (828) 287-6100, McDowell (828) 652-6811, or visit the website at http://www.foothillshd.org/

 

Rutherford County COVID-19 Testing Options

July 9, 2020

 

The following are local options for COVID-19 Testing:

1. Forest City Family Care on Allendale Drive

Times: Walk In Clinic M-F 8 am - 8 pm, Sat. 8 am - 6 pm.

Cost: varies based on insurance.

Results: 7-10 business days.

 

2. At Home Kit from Lab Corp: https://www.pixel.labcorp.com/covid-19.

Cost: varies based on insurance.

Results: 1-2 business days once Lab Corp receives your test kit.

 

3. Free Drive Thru Testing:

Date/Time: July 15th (Forest City Housing Authority) from 10 am - 12 pm.

Date/Time: July 18th (New Bethel AME Zion Church) from 2-4 pm.

Cost: Free.

Results: 4-5 business days.

 

4. Health Department:

Dates: Monday’s and Friday’s by appointment (289-1185).

Cost: Free.

Results: 4-5 business days.

 

5. Rutherford Regional: Testing for pre-surgical and in-patients only. Limited testing in the Emergency Department based on criteria.

Cost:varies based on insurance.

Results: 1-2 business days.

 

 

Rutherford County COVID-19 Updates

July 8, 2020

  There are (18) new positive cases since we reported on Monday. There are (378) total positive cases and (120) total active cases. We continue to quarantine all positives for 14 days.

We must stay vigilant in social distancing, wearing facial coverings in public, and good hygiene and using protective measures to keep ourselves safe. We cannot lose focus of this serious situation, which is to stop the transmission of COVID-19 and to save lives.

Your Public Health team is dedicated and committed to keeping you safe and protecting the community. Rutherford County………Who are you wearing your mask for?

For additional information about COVID-19 data in Rutherford County and NC read more here...

To contact the Foothills Health District Please call Rutherford Co. (828) 287-6100, McDowell (828) 652-6811, or visit the website at http://www.foothillshd.org/

 

 

 

Rutherford County COVID-19 Press Release

July 2, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 02, 2020 The Rutherford County Health Department can confirm that one long term care facility has positive employees and residents with COVID19.

  • The identity of the facility will be reported on the Department of Health and Human Services website as it is updated.

  • Public Health officials and the Rutherford County Emergency Operations Center are monitoring trends of transmission.

  • By tracking these trends and data, conclusions can be made that transmission continues to be in gatherings of 10 or more people where social distancing is not practiced, households where multiple people reside and widespread community transmission.

  • Public health staff are aggressively investigating and tracing all contacts to positives.

  • To protect individual privacy, no further information about the cases will be released. 

 

Lake Lure Community Forum

July 2, 2020

 

The Lake Lure Town Council would like to invite you to attend a Community Forum to discuss actions we are taking to preserve Lake Lure for generations to come.  

Date: 7/28/20

Times: 10am-12pm, 2-4pm, or 6-8pm (You may attend any of these times.)

Location: Lake Lure Classical Academy Gymnatorium

RSVP: Please click here to register for one of the sessions.

Questions: If there are specific questions you want to ensure the panel addresses, please send these questions to Communincations@townoflakelure.com .  

Note: This location allows for physically distanced seating and attendees will be asked to wear face coverings if this remains a state requirement.

The Town is moving forward with an extensive plan for Lake Lure Dam renovations, Sewer System rehabilitation, and Lake maintenance.  Protecting and maintaining our community requires an aggressive plan to foster federal and state support, promote partnerships, and increase tax payer investments to set the conditions for our long-term success. The Town has addressed these issues with our FY20-21 Budget; however, these projects will be funded one budget at a time over many years to come.

We have partnered with the best engineering firms available and have worked closely with state agencies to develop a long-term infrastructure plan. The Town is working to fund the plan from multiple sources.  We are implementing efficiency measures to mitigate the financial stresses on local taxes and user fees, but more is required. Higher Lake use fees, water and sewer rates, and taxes are required to build capital reserves and provide vital seed money for infrastructure repair/rehabilitation.  We will be addressing these issues and answering the questions below at this meeting. 

We will be answering the following questions during this meeting:

1. What rates are going up? Property Taxes, Utility Rates, and Lake Use Fees  

2. What critical repairs are needed? Dam, Sewer, and Dredging  

3. Why repairs must be made now? Avoid Infrastructure Collapse, Remain A Viable Community, and Implement State Mandates  

4. Why rates must increase? Repairs and maintenance are not optional and must be made. We must pay for repairs/maintenance. We have to pay our share while seeking state and federal funding.

We would value your presence at our meeting.   We appreciate your support and participation in what we know will be an important meeting for our community.  To learn more, please read the following article, Investing in Lake Lure for Future Generations.  If you have any questions, please contact Communications Specialist Laura Krejci at 828-625-9983, extension 103.

 

 Investing in Lake Lure for Future Generations 

     By: Lake Lure Town Council

July 2, 2020

Your Town leadership is dedicated to keeping Lake Lure beautiful for generations to come. An infrastructure investment now is critical. The 1927 Lake Lure dam and sewer system are quickly approaching the end of their service life and we must act quickly to preserve the Lake. The aging infrastructure threatens local economic prosperity, property values, and our overall quality of life. The state regulatory authorities for Water Quality and Dam Safety have both mandated the refurbishment of our sewer system and dam to meet contemporary engineering standards. We have partnered with the best engineering firms available and worked closely with the state agencies to develop a long-term infrastructure plan. The Town is working to resource the plan from multiple sources, but it is clear that we must pursue additional funding from our local residents to move ahead. The Town is implementing efficiency measures to mitigate the financial stresses on local taxes and user fees, but more is required.  Higher user fees,water and sewer rates, and taxes are needed to build a strategic infrastructure reserve and provide vital seed money. 

Read more here...

 

 

County COVID-19 Updates

July 1, 2020

 
We are saddened to announce that there has been another COVID-19 death in Rutherford County. There are are now (10) total deaths. Also, we have (9) new positive cases since we reported on Monday. There are (315) total positive cases and (92) total active cases.
 
NOTE: if you look at the zip code information you may realize that the total positive number in Lake Lure (28746) went down by one on 7/1/20, compared to 6/29/20. The reason is that we learned that the individual was not a Rutherford County resident so their results were sent to the county they reside in. Unfortunately that happens periodically because people sometimes temporarily live in a county that is not their permanent address. This should not change our continued use of standard precautions.

As the Foothills Health District increases testing, positive tests may increase and this new graph gives us another visual indicator of overall growth or decline of cases in Rutherford County. Please see the chart below with additional details.  

THANK YOU to all who are using caution and practicing social distancing guidelines. Please wear masks if you are in public places.

For additional information and data about COVID-19 in Rutherford County, as well as state guidelines, please read more here...


 

County COVID-19 Deaths

July 1, 2020

 

We are saddened to announce that there has been another COVID-19 death in Rutherford County. There are are now (10) total deaths in the county related to COVID-19.  

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost their loved ones to COVID-19.

We are so sorry for their loss and are holding each family in our hearts. 

 

 

NC  COVID-19 Updates 

June 26, 2020

 

 

NC Executive Order 147

The Governor and public health officials remain guided by science, data, and facts in making decisions regarding COVID-19. Since moving into Phase 2 on May 22, 2020, several key metrics have been trending in a concerning direction. North Carolina’s daily number of positive COVID-19 tests are continuing to increase; the percent of COVID-19 tests that are positive has remained high; emergency department visits for COVID-19 like illnesses are increasing; and hospitalizations for COVID-19 continue to increase.

Doctors, public health officials, hospital administrators, and health care providers are concerned that unless the spread of COVID-19 is limited, existing health care facilities may not have the capacity to care for those who become sick. Additionally, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified before Congress on June 23, 2020 that the “next couple weeks are going to be critical” in the country’s ability to address increasing rates of COVID-19 infection.

In order to address these troubling metrics and slow the spread of COVID-19, North Carolina is continuing the measures of Executive Order No. 141, “the Phase 2 Executive Order” for an additional three weeks — and is imposing a face covering requirement — to slow the spread of this virus during the pandemic.

This Frequently Asked Questions document provides guidance for the implementation of Executive Order 147. The order extends North Carolina’s “Safer At Home Phase 2” through 5 p.m. on July 17, 2020, with additional amendments to protect public health.

For additional information and data about COVID-19 in North Carolina, as well as state guidelines, please read more here...

This information is subject to change in light of new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and additional Executive Orders or local government declarations.

 

 

“BEAUTIFUL LAKE LURE FROM APPIAN WAY”

June 23, 2020


Few panoramas in America equal the spread from “Inspiration Point” – this particular view looking eastward.  A unique blend of the sublime and the picturesque is seen from this wonderful vantage point. But 15 minutes’ walk from Chimney Rock. 

Holland Shoaf shared this 1939 Postcard of Lake Lure.  His grandfather sent this to his great grandparents. Note that the postage was 1 cent.
 
Please send your memorabilia to Communincations@townoflakelure.com and we will share these treasures from the past so everyone can enjoy them.