The Chatham County Public Health Department, along with local partners, like Chatham County Emergency Management, as well as state and federal health officials, continue to coordinate planning and response efforts for any impacts to the Chatham community due to the new coronavirus, or COVID-19.
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Statewide Stay at Home Order
On March 27, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a statewide stay at home Executive Order, effective March 30, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Read Frequently Asked Questions provided by Governor Cooper's Office about the stay at home order.
*Please note that this only includes the number of confirmed cases. The actual number of cases is higher and residents are urged to practice social distancing and follow the guidance below and on the FAQs to reduce the risk of infection.
Chatham County Public Health Director Layton Long and Board of Health member Dr. Stephanie Freese speak about the new coronavirus with Chatham News + Record (March 24)
COVID-19 Presentation by Chatham County Board of Health Member Dr. Stephanie Freese (March 24)
What to do if you feel sick?
- If you are experiencing mild symptoms (fever, cough without shortness of breath or difficulty breathing), please stay home. Call your doctor to see if you need medical care. Most people will not need to be tested, and leaving your home to get tested may put you and others at risk. Avoid close contact with others.
- If you are at higher risk of getting very sick (65 year and older, live in a nursing home, have a high-risk condition listed in the image below), call your doctor if you have a fever or cough.
- If you experience shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pain, blue lips, or confusion, call your doctor or 911.
To reduce the spread of coronavirus, the best preventive measures are:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Learn more at the CDC handwashing website.
- Especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Stay home with you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaner spray or wipe.
Practice social distancing: Limit close contact with others (within six feet); avoid crowds over 10 people, especially in small, poorly ventilated spaces; limit non-essential travel; postpone gatherings and events; work from home if possible (employers are encouraged to be as flexible as possible with remote work and leave protocols); stay home if you are sick except for emergency medical care
It is important to reduce stigma and avoid incorrectly directing fear or anger at others. According to the CDC, “Stigma hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger towards ordinary people instead of the disease that is causing the problem. We can fight stigma and help not hurt others by providing social support. We can communicate the facts that being Chinese or Asian American does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.” Learn more about reducing stigma from the CDC.
The CDC does not recommend that the general American public wear a facemask to protect themselves against the new coronavirus. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of the new coronavirus to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Symptoms: Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Looking for current and accurate information about coronavirus?
Below are the latest news releases. For all coronavirus-related news releases from the State and Chatham County, visit the coronavirus new releases page.
You also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coronavirus website or North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus website. The NCDHHS website has an updated count of confirmed coronavirus cases in NC.
For the General Public:
- Fact sheet (Hoja de Información): In English and en español
- Frequently Asked Questions about the new coronavirus
- For Travelers: Latest information on travel health notices and frequently asked questions
- Current Cases Worldwide: Can be found here and here
- Get your household ready
- Pregnant Women and Children
- CDC Facts about COVID-19: Share Facts not Fear
- Governor's Task Force Encourages North Carolinians to Increase Preparedness Measures for COVID-19
- Helpline: 866-462-3821 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For Community Partners:
Guidance for Healthcare Settings:
- Provider Guidance: NC DHHS effective March 29, 2020: This is a rapidly evolving situation. The most up-to-date information and guidance can be found at here and here.
- Information for Healthcare Professionals: NC Division of Public Health
- Information for Healthcare Professionals: CDC
- Healthcare Infection Control Guidance
- Long-term Care Facilities
Guidance for non-Healthcare Settings