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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Facemasks like football helmets, School Board is told

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Commissioners abdicate leadership on Covid

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The immense gulf between conventional public health guidance to combat the spread of the coronavirus and the view of a vocal minority opposing masks and vaccinations has been displayed in dramatic fashion at meetings of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners and the School Board these past three months.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Commissioners hear mixed messages from the public, public health experts

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Henderson County schools have the funding to hire a nurse in every school, thanks to the Board of Commissioners’ endorsement of a School Board recommendation.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus schools | COVID-19 facemasks | Covid misinformation

Henderson County Life

Playhouse to stage two shows this fall with strict precautions in place

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The Flat Rock Playhouse will stage two productions this fall with conditions that require patrons wear masks and show proof of coronavirus vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test, the theater's producing artistic director, Lisa K. Bryant, and its president, Joseph Ippolito, announced to patrons on Monday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

'We are in danger,' Cooper warns as he tightens mask order

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Gov. Roy Cooper issued additional measures to tighten mask requirements and enforcement as Covid-19 cases continue to rise rapidly in North Carolina and across the country. Executive Order No. 180 is effective at 5 p.m. Wednesday and runs through Friday, Dec. 11.   Read Story »

Tags: pandemic | coronavirus Cooper | covid testing | COVID-19 facemasks

Henderson County News

Herd immunity 'is a dangerous suggestion,' health director says

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It’s discouraging for all of us to see the current trends with increasing cases in the world, our country, state and county. Despite valid efforts by many to socially distance and wear masks along with public health efforts for testing, case investigations and contact tracing, cases are continuing to climb because we’re simply dropping our guard.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

'This is not the time to let up’ on Covid precautions

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Steve Smith, the director of Henderson County Department of Public Health, thanks the vast majority of people who are wearing masks and staying six feet apart in public while warning that maintaining these safety measures is imperative as winter sets in.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Tillis extols face masks as way to save lives and jobs

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Declaring that face masks can save jobs as well as lives, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis is urging North Carolinians to wear a face covering to protect themselves and others.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Henderson County farmworkers to receive PPE

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is taking further action to prevent and respond to covid-19 outbreaks among the agricultural workforce, delivering critical personal protection equipment for use by agricultural workers across the state.   Read Story »

Tags: personal protective equipment. covid-19 | coronavirus agriculture | COVID-19 facemasks | covid-19 agriculture | PPE

Henderson County News

Here's how police are responding to complaints about face mask violations

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Hendersonville police have investigated a handful of complaints and issued no citations since the City Council directed city personnel to enforce a statewide order to wear face masks in many public settings.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

School Board, public to see 'Return to Learn' Plan B next week

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Schools may open for in-person instruction under a plan that requires face coverings for all K-12 students, fewer children in the classroom, measures to ensure social distancing for everyone in the building and other safety protocols, Gov. Roy Cooper announced today.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Support reopening? Mask up

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One thing that is clear about the mandatory face mask order that Gov. Roy Cooper imposed on June 26: Nothing is clear.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | COVID-19 facemasks

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Governor's order won't stop GOP from meeting

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The Henderson County Republican Party plans to resume its monthly breakfast meeting next Saturday even as a state executive order bars gatherings of more than 10 people.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus restaurants | covid-19 Cooper | COVID-19 facemasks

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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This week's Lightning features our coverage of prep football teams practicing 6 feet apart, our report on the Hendersonville City Council's fight over face mask enforcement, aerial photos of the Hendersonville High School construction and much more.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Divided City Council struggles with mask enforcement

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A sharply divided Hendersonville City Council has directed the city police department to issue citations to business owners who are repeatedly and flagrantly flouting face mask and social distancing rules, though just how that will work is unclear.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Lax facemask enforcement frustrates those who wear them

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Steve Smith, Henderson County’s director of public health for Henderson County, has trouble understanding why some people view facemasks as a threat to freedom.   Read Story »

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