Staying Informed on Local COVID-19 Efforts

For the most up-to-date local information, check out the City's various social media outlets, including our City of Reidsville & Team Reidsville Facebook pages, and Team Reidsville Instagram & Twitter.

City's Social Distancing Order
UPDATE: The Reidsville City Council at its April 3, 2020 Special Meeting unanimously approved the attached Order. The Reidsville City Council held a special meeting at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020, for the purpose of: Discussion on the removal of the stay of execution and implementation of the Stay at Home Order for City of Reidsville residents. (Special Meeting Notice) This meeting was livestreamed. 

County-Related Info
The Rockingham County Health Department 
announced March 31, 2020, Rockingham County's first diagnosed COVID-19 cases (press release). On April 1st, the first County death was reported (press release). As of June 4, some 107 cases have been reported with 2 deaths in Rockingham County.

Here is a link to the Rockingham County Public Health Department which updates frequently.

Cone Health COVID-19 Information
This is a link to a Cone Health COVID-19 resource guide.

Annie Penn Hospital has started as of May 14 conducting COVID-19 testing for those referred by a physician who meet certain qualifications. Learn more in this slide.

Utility Payments
Governor Roy Cooper has announced Executive Order #124, which prohibits residential utility disconnections, late fees and reconnection fees, likely at least for a 60-day period (March 31-May 30) due to nonpayment. The City of Reidsville will not impose new penalties for late payments or collect on penalties that were imposed on residential accounts as of March 31, 2020, for at least 60 days. This does not in any way eliminate utility charges or the user's responsbility to pay those charges. Residents are urged to keep their accounts current, but the City will offer a utility payment plan for up to six months after the Governor's Order ceases. See more details here in the
 Order. UPDATE: On May 30, 2020, Governor Cooper extended the utility shutoff moratorium for an additional 60 days until the end of July.

Governor's Order/FAQs
Governor Roy Cooper has announced that Phase 2 of re-opening North Carolina will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22. Here is the Governor's Order and the FAQs regarding Phase 2.

Reidsville Mayor Jay Donecker, along with other Mayors in Rockingham County and the County Comission Chairman discussed Phase 2 regulations in a joint interview on Star News Thursday, May 21, 2020. 

Information on Governor Cooper's decision to ease some restrictions, etc. as part of Phase 1 beginning May 8. See here the latest Executive Order No. 138, FAQs and "Side-by-Side" comparison.

Governor Roy Cooper has extended the Stay at Home Order until May 8. See the latest Executive Order No. 135 here

As of 5 p.m. Monday, March 30, the State of North Carolina will be under a Stay at Home Order from Governor Roy Cooper. Please see the attached Order. For Frequently Asked Questions and information that might help businesses determine whether they are "essential," go to this link.

City Operations
As of March 26, 2020, City of Reidsville offices will be closed except by appointment only. City operations are continuing. City parks are open, but playground areas are closed. Find out more in the attached press release. City offices will remain physically closed to the public except by appointment only or via phone call during Phase 1 of the Governor's re-opening of the State.

Business Info
Are you a small business looking for resources in light of COVID-19? Check out the City's economic development site, Go here.

Learn more about the TEAM REIDSVILLE TOGETHER and TAKEOUT BINGO initiatives from the Reidsville Downtown Corporation and the Reidsville Chamber of Commerce to help local businesses and community agencies (press release) (flyer).

Keeping your Building’s Water System Safe
For Temporarily or Partially Shut Down Businesses, Churches, and Schools
Unused water in the pipes of temporarily shut down business buildings and unused sections or floors of commercial buildings can easily become stagnant. Conditions may develop in those pipes that increase the risk for growth and spread of waterborne bacteria, like Legionella or other biofilm-associated bacteria.  Disinfectant normally found in the water, such as chlorine, will likely dissipate or become undetectable.  Actions are necessary to ensure the water in our buildings is safe as well as taste and odor free before resumption of normal water use.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has very detailed information on reactivating plumbing systems after dormant conditions on its website, here.

 If you are a business owner that has had to partially shut down a part of your operations, postpone business entirely, or if you are planning to use a water system that has been lying dormant for a while, please be sure to make safe decisions when continuing your water usage. The website, again, is

Curbside & Takeout Options
Local Eateries & Bakeries are open across the City and providing drive through, counter pickup or curbside pickup. Support our small businesses! Listing of Downtown Restaurants. The Reidsville Chamber of Commerce has also created a Facebook page for all area restaurants, Reidsville Area Carry Out & Delivery.

Updates from Reidsville Mayor Jay Donecker:

May 31, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):

May 24, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):

May 20, 2020 Star News Interview:

May 17, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):

May 13th Star News Interview:

May 10, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):

May 6, 2020 Star News Interview:
May 3, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):

April 29, 2020 Segment on Star News:

April 26, 2020 COVID-19 Update -- CodeRED (Transcript):

April 22, 2020 Star News Interview:
April 19, 2020 COVID-19 Update -- CodeRED (Transcript):

April 15, 2020 Segment on Star News:
Below is an interview by Mark Childrey of Star News with Mayor Jay Donecker  as they discussed COVID-19 in relation to the City of Reidsville.
April 12, 2020 COVID-19 Update -- CodeRED (Transcript):

April 5, 2020 COVID-19 Update -- CodeRED (Transcript):

April 1, 2020 Segment on Star News:
Below is an interview by Mark Childrey of Star News with Mayor Jay Donecker  as they discussed COVID-19 in relation to the City of Reidsville.

You can listen to Mayor Jay Donecker's latest interview with Mike Moore Media at 12 noon on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

March 29, 2020 COVID-19 Update -- CodeRED (Transcript):

March 25, 2020 Emergency Meeting of City Council
On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the Reidsville City Council unanimously agreed to implement a Go to Work/Stay at Home Social Distancing Order BUT to stay or delay the execution of that Order. This will allow the City's legal counsel, public safety officials, the City Manager/staff and local health officials time to craft the wording of that Order. It will require a second meeting of the Council, which has yet to be determined, to review and approve the document and decide the timeline to implement the Order. The actual meeting was streamed via Facebook Live by Rockingham Update. RockinghamNow was also present at the meeting.


Below is an interview by Mark Childrey of Star News with Mayor Jay Donecker  as they discussed the actions taken at the March 25th meeting. Star News is planning to do weekly updates with the Mayor while this crisis continues.

March 25, 2020 Segment on Star News:

March 22, 2020 COVID-19 Update -- CodeRED:

March 19, 2020 Segment on Star News:

March 15, 2020 CodeRED Message (Transcript):