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Cumberland commissioners to get COVID update


The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners on Monday will get an update on COVID-19 and consider a new security service contract for two agencies.

The board meets at 9 a.m. in Room 118 of the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Cumberland County Courthouse.

Dr. Jennifer Green, the county health director, is expected to provide an update on COVID-19.

As of Dec. 28, the Cumberland County Public Health Department reported 502 Cumberland County residents have died of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. There have been 50,189 cases in Cumberland County reported since the onset of the pandemic, the Health Department said in a news release last week.

The number of COVID-19 cases has been going up across the state and the country. On Friday, the state Department of Health and Human Services reported 19,174 new COVID cases. That was up from 18,571 reported the day before. State officials said 2,387 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday. 

The board also is expected to consider a new contract for security services for the Department of Social Services and the Spring Lake Family Resource Center.

A memo from the Department of Social Services to the commissioners said the proposed contract with North State Security would continue security at current levels at the Social Services building on Ramsey Street and at the family resource center. 

The Department of Social Services currently has a county sheriff’s deputy and three  armed private security guards, the memo said. The family resource center has one armed private security guard. The services there include security for public health and the public library, the memo said.

Universal Allied Security had been the vendor. The new contract would not exceed $106,075 for Jan. 4 through June 30 and has an option to renew for fiscal years 2023 and 2024.

Keyona Smith covers Cumberland County government for CityView TODAY. She can be reached at ksmith@cityviewnc.com. Have a news tip? Email news@CityViewTODAY.com.

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