Partner COVID-19 Testing Toolkit – The testing toolkit is geared to support community partners as they set up local community testing events. The toolkit outlines best practices, resources available, and sources for additional information in a step-by-step outline as community partners plan, prepare, and manage a community testing event. To access the testing toolkit, please click here or here (Spanish).
Options for Families who Need Child Care During Periods of Remote Learning – As the regulatory agency for licensed child care providers, NC DHHS has been exploring options for families who need child care during periods of remote learning for their school-aged children who are enrolled in public schools (ages 5 to 12). Please review the letter that was sent to all school district superintendents, charter school leaders, and families (English and Spanish) on August 5, 2020.
COVID-19 Case Information: For the most current information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html) and the North Carolina Division of Public Health Coronavirus call line (1-866-462-3821) or (https://epi.dph.ncdhhs.gov/cd/diseases/COVID19.html). To access COVID-19 case information by zip code, please visit https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/covid19/covid-19-nc-case-count#zip-code-map.
Criteria for COVID-19 Testing: Jones County Health Department is not a Primary Care Provider and does not have the capacity to routinely test for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working closely with local healthcare providers and medical centers to facilitate COVID-19 testing. At this time, testing is most important for people that:
1) Have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 2) Are close contacts of known positive cases, regardless of symptoms 3) Are in one of the following groups with higher risk of exposure or a higher risk of severe disease if they become infected (People in these groups should get tested if they believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19, whether or not they have symptoms):
• People who live in or have regular contact with high-risk settings (e.g., long-term care facility, homeless shelter, correctional facility, migrant farmworker camp)
• Historically Marginalized populations who may be at higher risk for exposure • Frontline and essential workers (grocery store clerks, gas station attendants, child care workers, construction sites, processing plants, etc.) in settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain
• Health care workers or first responders (e.g. EMS, law enforcement, fire department, military)
• People who are at high risk of severe illness (e.g., people over 65 years of age, people of any age with underlying health conditions) 4) People who have attended protests, rallies, or other mass gatherings could have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or could have exposed others. Testing should be considered for people who attended such events, particularly if they were in crowds or other situations where they couldn’t practice effective social distancing.
If you are in one of these priority categories, and are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms such as fever and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness (i.e., cough or difficulty breathing), please call your regular medical provider. If you do not have a medical provider and are not feeling well, call your nearest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), found at the following website: https://npidb.org/organizations/ambulatory_health_care/federally-qualified-health-center-fqhc_261qf0400x/nc/. You can also call your nearest Urgent Care or Emergency Room for assistance.
If you are not in one of the priority categories, but you have mild symptoms compatible with COVID-19 that do not progress, you do not need to be tested and should stay and recover at home.
COVID-19 Resources: Please check out the following resource information to keep you and your loved ones safe and sane during uncertain times like the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19):
You can also click on the following NC State Cooperative Extension link for resources that provide best practices for preparing for COVID-19 and managing risk for individuals at home and for food environments such as restaurants, grocery stores, food banks, gardens and farms: https://foodsafety.ces.ncsu.edu/covid-19-resources/