Community Resources During COVID-19
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The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted life around the world, and the situation is continually changing. At Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., we understand how frightening this crisis is, and we’re here to help you weather this storm. As a service to our community, we’re providing the following resources to help you in the midst of the pandemic.

 

COVID-19 Update in Shelby & North Carolina

Under the order by Governor Roy Cooper, North Carolina residents must stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, unless they’re running an essential errand like picking up food or going to the doctor. The order follows advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on measures we can all take to protect ourselves and others during this crisis.

The governor’s order means that many businesses and schools in Shelby, Cleveland County, and throughout the state of North Carolina are closed or have moved their operations online. The North Carolina state government site has an updated list of business sectors that are considered essential and can remain open. The site also provides vital information on ways that businesses can help keep their employees healthy and economic relief sources for small businesses.

At a time like this, it’s critical to support the local businesses that do so much for our community. Many local businesses in Shelby are open for essential services, and numerous local stores are offering remote shopping options over the phone and online.

Restaurants Offering Curbside to Go in Shelby, NC

Ordering food from your favorite local restaurant is a great way to give yourself a break from cooking and have a fun evening with your family, while still respecting social distancing orders. Uptown Shelby has a great list of restaurants in Shelby that offer curbside pickup.

Some examples include:

Additionally, many local restaurants offer delivery through services like:

Grocery Delivery Services in Shelby, NC

During this uncertain time, the CDC recommends that we all limit our in-person contact with other people as much as possible to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. It can be difficult to limit contact with others while you’re trying to shop for food and other critical items like toilet paper. However, many stores offer curbside pickup or delivery for these essential items, so you can protect yourself and your family while still getting the items you need.

Some stores offering grocery delivery services in the Shelby area include:

Tips for Working at Home in North Carolina

Many of us have to work from home during the COVID-19 lockdown. It’s a challenging task to adjust quickly to a new work environment that might involve a spouse or partner who is also working remotely and kids who are trying to do school online.

There are a few things you can do to adjust to this new normal, succeed while working from home, and make the experience as stress-free as possible.

  • Prepare your workspace. If at all possible, create a designated workspace in your house. This might be at your kitchen table or even a temporary desk you set up in a bedroom. Try to find a space that is as quiet and distraction-free as possible. If you live with other people, consider wearing headphones or using a white noise machine while you’re working to reduce distractions.

No matter where you sit, keep all the tools you’ll need for your job, such as your computer charger or notebook, close to your workspace to reduce work interruptions. This also keeps you from having to travel to your office, where you might expose yourself to the virus.

Additionally, consider investing in a faster internet package. If multiple people at your home are trying to use the internet at the same time, it can make your video calls freeze up or even slow down your internet searches.

  • Get comfortable with remote technology. Working from home often involves talking to coworkers and clients over video or accessing files and resources through the cloud. If this is your first time using remote software, review the software’s tutorials or check out resources like LinkedIn for help operating this technology.

If you participate in video calls, watch out for things that might appear unprofessional, such as clutter in the background or revealing clothing. For tips on working over video or audio at home, check out online tutorials like this one at Wirecutter.

  • Communicate with your boss and coworkers. When you don’t see your boss in-person every day, they might wonder what you’re doing with your time. This is why it’s critical to overcommunicate. Go out of your way to make sure your boss is aware of your progress on critical assignments, and tell your coworkers about vital updates and changes to projects.

However, it’s also important to work with your employer to manage expectations of what you can reasonably accomplish during this pandemic. You might have to adjust your hours because your kids are home or prioritize different projects because of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

  • Take an occasional break. It’s critical to care for your emotional and physical well-being in the midst of this terrifying pandemic. Make time for enjoyable activities like exercising or watching funny videos.

Ideas and Free Educational Materials for Kids at Home

Many trusted companies are offering free or inexpensive resources to help children continue their education during the coronavirus lockdown, such as:

Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., Can Still Help!

If you need legal help during this crisis, contact a lawyer right away to protect your legal rights. The experienced and compassionate attorneys at Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., are here to serve you over the phone or video conference during this difficult time. Contact us by phone or online to set up a remote consultation.