For the latest information on coronavirus, or COVID-19, including service and program impacts in Chatham County, please visit the coronavirus webpage.


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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.


For the number of confirmed new coronavirus cases in NC and by county, click here.*

*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. 

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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.

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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.

     COVID-19 steps to prevent

  • 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

Social Distancingsocial distancing activities



 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

Face Coverings and Masks:

Recommendations about wearing a face covering in public have changed as more is known about the new coronavirus. The CDC has always recommended that those who are sick remain at home, but if they are in contact with others (like others in the home or healthcare setting), a face covering or mask can help prevent them from infecting others. 

Because we now know that many people who have the new coronavirus do not have symptoms (“asymptomatic”) but can transmit the virus to others, the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, like grocery stores and pharmacies. However, wearing a cloth face covering does not mean a person who does not have the new coronavirus will be protected, and these measures remain critical: Stay at home, maintain at least 6 feet of distance if you do go out (but avoid crowded places), wash your hands, and avoid touching your face.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

For information about how to properly use face covers, click here.


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. 

For more frequently asked questions, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention or World Health Organization

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.

March 25: Public Health Director Advises Chatham County Community to Act Now to Slow Spread of New Coronavirus

March 17:Governor Cooper Issues Executive Order to Close Sit-Down Service at Restaurants and Bars and Make State Unemployment Benefits More Widely Available

March 17:Chatham County Adapts Operational Protocols to Limit Face-to-Face Contact

March 17:Chatham County Declares State of Emergency

March 17: Two Additional Chatham County Residents Test Positive for New Coronavirus




You also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coronavirus website or North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus websiteThe NCDHHS website has an updated count of confirmed coronavirus cases in NC.

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