N.C. Cooperative Extension, Granville County Center Announces New Office Hours

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The North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Granville County Center has announced new office hours effective April 1, 2020. The N.C. Cooperative Extension, Granville County Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week. This action is being taken due to policy changes through NC State University and the UNC Board of Governors that have been made due to the COVID-19 crisis. “In keeping with the new work policies and mandates to utilize good social practices to slow the spread of COVID-19, N.C. Cooperative Extension employees are being encouraged to work at home, and to limit contact in the office,” said Paul Westfall, Granville County Extension Director. “Those policy changes combined with school closings and some families with members with a higher severity risk of COVID-19 should they contract the disease have limited the people available to be in the office.”

“The N.C. Cooperative Extension of Granville County team is still available to work with clients and we will continue to provide the best research-based information to farmers, families, and youth. We will just be using different means of delivering our educational programs”, Westfall continued. “Look for a lot more use of electronic delivery methods, including webinars and use of social media.”

Extension agents are available to make field visits, and will be using social distancing while working with clients. Field visits are especially critical for Agriculture, as crops will soon be planted and hay will soon be cut. Agents are aware of and will be using the precautions required to prevent transmission of COVID-19 while dealing with the public.

“We hope this temporary measure will end as soon as possible and that we can get back to more normal operations for everyone. However, we are still facing a significant health threat for the next couple of months at least, according to what health officials have been reporting,” Westfall concluded.

People should follow the recommendations of health professionals and follow all recommended practices to slow the spread of COVID-19. Check with N.C. Cooperative Extension of Granville County, the Granville-Vance Health Department, or your health professional for information on COVID-19.