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Count on Me: Businesses train for safe reopenings

By Jeanna Baxter White

Word Master Media Group

“We’re all in this together,” says Davie County Chamber of Commerce President Caroline Moser. “As North Carolina’s restaurants, hotels, attractions, and shops reopen, we all have a role to play to keep one another safe and healthy.”

She encourages all area businesses to participate in Count on Me NC, a public health initiative that empowers guests and businesses to help keep everyone safe from COVID-19.

“Participating in Count on Me NC gives our patrons an added level of confidence in knowing that we are serious about protecting their health and well-being. It benefits our businesses and our community.”

Created by government and health officials in partnership with industry leaders from across the state, Count on Me NC is an evidence-based training program that provides specific guidance to restaurants, hotels, attractions, and other businesses on best practices for North Carolina’s phased reopening.

The program incorporates the best available science in social and physical distancing, employee health and cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection.

“The Davie County Chamber of Commerce and other Davie businesses have already taken the course and the pledge so that you know you can count on us,” said Moser.

“The safety of our clients is paramount to us,” said Dawn Creason, office manager of Hillsdale Real Estate Group. “Whether we’re inviting potential buyers into our office or our vehicles to go look at homes, or whether we’re allowing others to enter the homes of our sellers, we know we bear an awesome responsibility in doing our part to ensure the health and well-being of our clients and their families.

“Hillsdale Real Estate Group took the Count on Me NC pledge for two reasons—two educate ourselves on how we can best protect ourselves and our clients, and also to reassure our clients and community that we take seriously our commitment to do our part to stop the spread.”

“At Johnson Insurance, we pride ourselves on taking good care of our staff and customers,” said Jessica Yarbrough, vice president of operations. “The education we received through the Count on Me NC certification was valuable in helping us ensure that we are doing our part to keep those we care about healthy and safe. In addition, we know that other business leaders are counting on to learn ways to manage risk in their companies, so participating in Count on Me NC was an important way we could lead by example and be able to share practical advice with our clients.”

Moser appreciates businesses that have completed the Count on Me NC program and she looks forward to seeing more names added to the list:

• County of Davie;

• Cognition of Davie;

• Hampton Inn Bermuda Run ;

• Hillsdale Real Estate Group;

• Johnson Insurance Services;

• Just HOPE/Just THRIFT;

• Mashed Up;

• NC Cooperative Extension, Davie County Center; and

• Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt, Mocksville.