All NC Lottery Claim Centers will be closed as of Monday, March 23, to help protect the safety of employee, and the public during the coronavirus outbreak.

The public comment period for the amended rule cited as 08 NCAC 01 .0106 – which explains the Board of Elections Executive Director’s emergency powers – began March 19, 2020, and ends Monday, April 20, 2020.

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, some N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles driver license offices have been closed. ​The closure effects the Jefferson, Newland and Boone offices.

The following declaration is issued by the Board of Commissioners of Avery County:

UNC System Interim President Roper has authorized paid administrative leave for university employees, including temporary and student employees, for certain COVID-19-related absences, effective March 16 - March 31.


Based on state and federal guidance Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will close its campuses beginning at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 19 and remaining closed through March 31. CCC&TI also will suspend classes that require in-person instruction until further notice.

The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the
coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed now to donate to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.