This week, Graham County removed all barriers into the county. In March, the county essentially closed its borders to visitors as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Local government officials cited the lack of a hospital in the county as a main reason to restrict movement.
Graham County Manager Becky Garland explained that the county had to establish more manned checkpoints and barriers than originally thought necessary.
“It brought us to the point where we had to say, ‘Let’s stop and regroup here,'” says Garland.