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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease caused by a new virus first identified in Wuhan, China.
As confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to spread in the U.S., the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all citizens anticipate and prepare for the possibility of widespread COVID-19 infection in the U.S. Since this is a situation that is changing regularly and rapidly, it’s always best to check the CDC and NCDHHS’s dedicated COVID-19 websites for the most current, in-depth info and guidance.
The following are common-sense measures that individuals, families, communities, businesses, health care facilities, schools and others can take to prepare for potential widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the state:
Individuals, Families and Communities
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) recommends everyone continue taking precautions to protect themselves and others from the spread of respiratory illnesses, which includes COVID-19.
Businesses and Employers
Health Care Providers and Hospitals
College, Universities, K-12 Schools and Child Care Facilities
No one group, ethnicity or population in the US is at a higher risk for acquiring COVID-19 infection than others. While some people may be worried or have concerns about COVID-19, it is important to not let fear and anxiety lead to social stigma towards friends, neighbors or members of the community. Treat all people with compassion and speak up if you hear others making statements that cause stigma against people in your community.
All North Carolinians can better prepare for COVID-19 by getting up-to-date information directly from reliable sources like NCDHHS and the CDC. The COVID-19 outbreak has been accompanied by a global flood of misinformation from unreliable sources. Be thoughtful about what you read or hear about the virus and make sure you are separating rumor from fact before you act.
For more information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. North Carolina resources can be found on the Division of Public Health website at https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina.
If you have questions or concerns, call the COVID-19 Helpline toll free at 1-866-462-3821. To submit questions online, go to https://www.ncpoisoncontrol.org/ and select “chat.”
Since late January, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and NC Emergency Management (NCEM) have been operating a team to coordinate efforts around the state’s response. In early February, Governor Cooper formalized this effort with the creation of the COVID-19 Task Force. NCDPH is also working with local health departments and hospitals statewide to provide regular updates on surveillance and response plans.