Get the latest on Coronavirus in NC
by RFNC Staff
Following Gov. Cooper’s emergency declaration last Tuesday, State health officials have continued to keep North Carolinians updated on the status of COVD-19, or Coronavirus, in the state. Here’s what you need to know from North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and where you can go for more information.
What we know:
- COVD-19 is a virus in a large group of viruses called coronaviruses that can cause illnesses in humans and animals.
- Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- COVID-19 spreads through the air by coughing or sneezing, through close personal contact (touching or shaking hands), and through touching your face before washing your hands.
- There are cases of COVD-19 in N.C.
What you can do to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
- NCDHHS has also provided guidance on considerations of people with disabilities and other access and functional needs.
- There is additional mitigation guidance for employers, schools and childcare centers, health care providers, families, and other specific groups here.
Mitigation guidance from NCDHHS defines who is at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and identifies steps people in the high-risk category can take to try to avoid the virus. Gov. Cooper also issued an executive order that includes statewide changes, including school closings and, and specific recommendations for employers and communities.
Where to find out more information as this develops:
- NCDHHS updates this webpage regularly with the latest information.
- NCDHHS has set up a call center for 24/7 guidance on COVID-19, to access it call 866-462-3821.