Throughout the pandemic, the NCSA has issued 60+ guidance memos for law enforcement on the executive orders issued by the Governor dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. North Carolina sheriffs and deputies have encouraged their communities to practice social distancing and take other appropriate actions to protect public health.

Despite the Governor's executive orders that have kept gyms closed, a medical loophole allowed some gyms to reopen early on given that most people have a medical reason for working out. Citing the Americans with Disabilities Act, no one is required to disclose their medical conditions or disabilities to their gym. Many gym owners have argued that opening gyms during the pandemic would help more people at risk of depression and give their immune system a boost.

Throughout the pandemic, sheriffs have taken steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 inside jails. As outbreaks have occurred, sheriffs have worked to take corrective steps to get out in front of these outbreaks.

It is difficult to prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially in jail settings given that staff must enter and exit facilities each day and interact with their jail population.

The pandemic hit the Yancey County Sheriff's Office especially hard. More than half of the staff tested positive for COVID-19, while no cases were reported among inmates. As a result, all inmates had to be moved out of the jail temporarily in order to mitigate the spread of the virus inside the jail.

As we enter this season of gratitude, we would like to thank you for everything you continue to do to keep you, your family, and your community safe during this uncertain time.

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