Up & Coming Weekly

August 25, 2020

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM 16 UCW AUGUST 26-SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 COVID-19 test collection is set to expand in Cumberland County. The Health Department will continue test collection by appointment on Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Manna Church (5517 Cliffdale Rd., Fayetteville) and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Southview Baptist Church (4089 Elk Rd., Hope Mills). Expanded test collection sites begin Aug. 27: • Aug. 27; Sept. 3; Oct. 8 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tabernacle of Miracles, 2574 Hope Mills Rd., Fayetteville • Sept. 10 and 17; Oct. 22 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Second Missionary Baptist Church, 522 Old Wilmington Rd., Fayetteville To protect the health and safety of staff and clients, test collection is by drive-up appointment only. Walk-ins cannot be accommodat- ed at this time. Testing is free. Please do not call offsite test- ing locations for assistance. The Health Department has a dedi- cated COVID-19 hotline ready to assist. Call 910-678-7657 or you can make an appointment online at co.cumberland.nc.us/covid19 The Cumberland County Department of Public Health will now report COVID-19 data on Tuesdays and Fridays in press release form, but daily updates will continue to be available on the Cumberland County COVID-19 Dashboard. As of Aug. 20, the total COVID-19 confirmed cases for Cumberland County is 3,528 with 61 deaths. The NC state number of confirmed cases is 147,432 with 2,438 deaths. In the previous week, there was one additional death in the county. According to the Department of Public Health, the resident who died was in their 70s, lived in a congregate living setting and had underlying health conditions. To stay updated on the latest information about COVID-19 visit the county COVID-19 webpage at https://www.co.cumberland. nc.us/covid19. The site has a list of COVID-19 related closures, service changes and other information. The county is also sharing information on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. County COVID-19 testing expands a STAFF REPORT HEALTH The Health Department encourages those who are enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children to use their food benefits during COVID-19 to support good nutrition for their families. Some of the WIC beneficiaries in North Carolina have not used their full food benefits each month since March 27, when the state's initial Stay at Home Order in response to COVID-19 went into effect. Because WIC allowances do not roll over, beneficiaries lose any food balance they do not spend during a family issue month. North Carolina serves more than 230,000 mothers and children in the program. The Cumberland County program serves 11,500. WIC participants receive nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding support and referrals to community and health agencies to improve their diets and reduce their chances of health problems caused by poor nutrition. WIC food allowances are auto-issued each month. Families enrol- led in WIC can download the Bnft® App, available in the App Store or on Google Play, and enable notifications to ensure they never miss an update to their eWIC account. If you or someone you know has been financially affected by recent events and is pregnant are has children younger than 5, WIC is accep- ting applications to help provide healthy foods and other resources. Eligible families, dads, grandparents and foster parents caring for eli- gible children should contact WIC at 910-433-3730 to enroll. The WIC offices in Fayetteville and Spring Lake are open by appointment only. The Hope Mills WIC office remains closed to the public but is conduc- ting appointments over the phone at 910-433-3760. For more information on the WIC program, eligibility and benefits visit http://www.co.cumberland.nc.us/departments/public-health- group/public-health/WIC. WIC benefits available to families a STAFF REPORT The Women, Infants and Children program offers food assistance to struggling families. FREE HEALTH CARE • for uninsured Adults call 910.485.0555 910-867-2364 • 4624 BRAGG BLVD. CONNECT with us! @legendspub910 Doors Closed for NOW We Look Forward to Hosting Good Times When We Re-open.

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