Royall: Town returning to normal

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Mount Olive town employees are getting back to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic lessens.

No new cases have been reported within the last 30 days.

Recent numbers show a decline in active cases in Wayne County and 237 deaths since the virus appeared nearly 13 months ago. There were 410 active cases in mid-February and 200 total deaths.

Town Manager Jammie Royall said he feels blessed — particularly with no additional virus cases and state/federal disaster funding to assist fighting the virus.

The town received $60,000 from the state and another $7,000 from federal aid.

“I really don’t know what we would have done without that help,” said Royall, who added that Wayne County Commissioner Freeman Hardison helped get the necessary aid money.

The funds help offset expenses that included purchasing masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. The town’s labor force also put up protective shields in many facilities. Sanitizing equipment to clean buildings was also purchased.

Though spring is here and virus cases are diminishing, Royall said public works efforts on town projects are priority now.

“I think it [spring] is beginning to give people a feeling that things are beginning to return to normal,” Royall said.

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