In September 2021, the Carolina Across 100 team conducted a survey to stakeholders across the state. The survey primarily targeted leaders in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors to gauge the impacts of COVID-19 on their organizations and in their communities. The response was overwhelming. We heard from over 4,000 people, resulting in almost 3,000 usable surveys. This includes input from individuals living in, working in, and serving all 100 North Carolina counties.
Survey questions focused on long-standing challenges exacerbated by and new challenges associated with COVID-19. The survey also asked about expected long-term effects of the pandemic, expectations about the timing of ongoing impacts, and the populations that have been most impacted by COVID-19. What we have uncovered so far indicates deep, lingering worries about the effects of this pandemic.