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 Safer at Home Order Extended and Face Coverings Required
On June 24, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper released Executive Order 147, which extends the Phase 2 "Safer at Home" order through July 17 at 5 pm. It also includes a new requirement to wear face coverings.
People are required to wear face coverings in the following settings, whether they are inside or outside, in retail businesses, restaurants, personal care businesses, child care facilities, state government, transportation, meat or poultry processing plants, and long-term care facilities. Click here to learn more about face coverings and the Governor's Executive Order.
The Executive Order does not require face coverings for people who are under 11 years of age, actively eating or drinking, strenuously exercising, seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired, working at home or in a personal vehicle.
For more details on the order, face coverings, and exceptions, see the Executive Order 147 Frequently Asked Questions. Also see the frequently asked questions about Phase 2, and a side-by side comparison of the different phases. The Chatham County Reopening Your Business: A Guide for Safely Opening and Operating Your Business is also a great resource.
It is important to note that this will be a gradual process using key metrics to inform next steps. We continue to see cases of COVID-19 across Chatham and strongly encourage everyone to remain vigilant. Stay at home and away from others to the degree possible and if you do go out, keep distance from others and wear a face covering.
*Please note that this only includes the number of confirmed cases. The actual number
Symptoms of coronavirus:
People with coronavirus have had a wide range of symptoms reported ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have coronavirus:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
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 years 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:
What does social distancing mean? It means making changes in your every day routines in order to minimize close contact with others, including:
- Limit close contact with others (within six feet).
- Stay home as much as possible and limit non-essential travel.
- Avoid crowds and gatherings of more than 10 people, especially in small, poorly ventilated spaces.
- Greet with a wave instead of a handshake, hug, and kiss.
- Use food delivery or pickup services and online shopping, if possible.
- Work from home if possible. Employers are encourages to be as flexible as possible with remote work and leave protocols.
- Use technology to stay in touch with friends and family, if possible.
- Wear face coverings
- Recommendations about wearing a face covering in public have changed as more is known about the new coronavirus.
- Many people who have 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.
- 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 coverings, click here.
- Wearing a cloth face covering does not mean a person without 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.
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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.
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 email@example.com
For Community Partners:
Guidance for Healthcare Settings:
- Provider Guidance: NC DHHS 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
- Chatham County Child Care Facilities
- NC DHHS Guidance for Colleges, Universities, Schools and Childcare Facilities
- Guidance for Schools
- Guidance for Businesses: A Guide for Safely Opening and Operating your Business
- Guidance for Emergency Management
- Information on Cleaning for Non-Healthcare Settings