Mar 30 2020


Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) held a town hall question and answer session Monday morning, taking questions from North Carolinians about the response to the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to protect the physical and economic health of North Carolinians.
Tillis outlined the latest efforts to protect the physical and economic health of North Carolina residents. Of course, one hot topic of conversation was on the stimulus checks.
Senator Tillis says it will likely take three or four weeks before we see a steady stream of those stimulus checks reaching residents. The checks will not be subject to income tax at state or federal levels.
He also shared how small business owners will soon be able to apply for a loan, as a component of the recently-passed economic relief package.
“If you use the loan proceeds to pay for your employees, in other words making payroll, that will be a grant, you will not have to pay that portion of the loan back," said Senator Tillis. He said if you use it for other reasons, there will be a low-interest repayment period. Click here to find out more about applying for one of these loans.
In addition, Senator Tills also spoke about the increase in testing and says in North Carolina, almost 20,000 tests have been processed so far and thousands more are being processed.
Tillis also shared one of the latest advances when it comes to testing. "Found out over the weekend Abbott laboratories has a more rapid test, similar to the flu test, that can be done in the matter of minutes." Senator Tillis did say this will not roll out on a broad level due to specialized equipment that is required for the test.
Tills says these efforts are helping to better prepare the country for the next round of pandemic or epidemic.
Senator Tillis has worked to keep North Carolinians updated on the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, he supported the passage of the Phase III emergency relief package that will provide direct checks to hardworking North Carolinians and assistance to small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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