Press Releases

JCHD Press Release #6:  North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) Issues Updates and New Guidance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic –  The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) continues to update and provide guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Following are new updates and guidance from NCDHHS to identify and reduce the spread of COVID-19.  To read the entire press release, click here.

Governor Cooper Announces Statewide Stay at Home Order Until April 29 Essential businesses may remain open, social distancing mandated – On Friday, March 27, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper ordered people in the state of North Carolina to stay at home for thirty days, until April 29, 2020, in another step to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.  Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 121 takes effect on Monday, March 30 at 5:00 PM and reduces the size of gatherings to 10 people.  The Order provides for essential businesses to continue to operate while prioritizing social distancing measures.  The Order has the force of law and will be enforced in all 100 counties statewide.  To read the entire press release, click here .

JCHD Press Release #5:  Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Recommends People Who are Sick Should Stay at Home – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new guidance for people who think they might have COVID-19 and mild symptoms (such as fever and cough without shortness of breath or difficulty breathing) to stay home and call their doctor for medical advice.   To read the entire press release, click here.

Governor Cooper Extends School Closure Date to May; Orders Group Limit to 50 People:  Executive Order No. 120 Enforces Social Distancing, Limits Visitors to Long-term Care Facilities Governor Cooper Requests – On Monday, March 23, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper ordered tighter limits on gatherings and extended school closures statewide to May 15, 2020.  The order also closed some businesses that require close social interaction and limited visitors to long-term care centers.  To read the entire press release, click here.

JCHD Press Release #4:  North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Issues New Guidance Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has issued new guidance for Local Health Departments conducting contact tracing and follow-up during the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance for discontinuation of home isolation for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases.  There are no positive COVID-19 cases in Jones County at this time.  To read the entire press release, please click here .

Governor’s Working Group Getting Food to Children Who are Out of School; Connecting Families to Child Care: More than 1.2 million meals and 6,500 snacks served – With schools closed to in-person instruction, many children across North Carolina are getting their daily meals from school districts and community partners.  All 115 public school districts – many working with community partners such as food banks and faith-based entities – have approved plans to serve meals to children in North Carolina.  As of March 22nd, more than 1,165 schools had already served 1.2 million meals and 6,500 snacks.  To read the entire press release, please click here.

Governor Cooper Orders Increased Access to Childcare, DMV Clarifications Governor Roy Cooper has waived restrictions to increase access to caregivers to provide flexible child care and elder care during the coronavirus emergency.  The Order provides flexibility to local health departments working to adapt to the increased need for their resources.  To read the entire press release, please click here.

JCHD Press Release #3:  Know the Facts about COVID-19 and Stop the Spread of Rumors – The Jones County Health Department wants to make sure that residents are receiving accurate information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).  During these times, it is important to make sure residents are knowing and sharing the facts and help stop the spread of rumors.  To read the entire press release, please click here.

NC Medicaid Requests Temporary Plan Changes to Respond COVID-19 – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has sought authority from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to temporarily waive certain Medicaid and NC Health Choice policies as part of North Carolina’s response to the COVID-19.  The waivers will provide flexibility to NC Medicaid and providers to address the urgent health care needs of beneficiaries during this public health emergency.  To read the entire press release, please click here.

NC 2 -1-1 to Provide Assistance for COVID -19:  Statewide service can refer people to organizations in their community that are helping with health and human service resources – Governor Roy Cooper announced NC 2-1-1 by United Way of North Carolina as a resource for people to call for assistance related to the COVID-19 coronavirus.  To read the entire press release, please click  here.

JCHD Press Release #2:  Health Department Response to COVID-19 – The Jones County Health Department continues preparation for the possibility of a coronavirus outbreak in Jones County.  As of today, there are no confirmed cases in Jones County. The Health Department is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and continues to work with local, state and federal agencies to share information and update protocols in the event of a coronavirus case in Jones County.  To read the entire press release, please click here.

North Carolina to Close Restaurants and Bars for Dine-In Customers, Allow Takeout and Delivery Operations to Continue:  Forthcoming executive order will also expand unemployment insurance benefits for workers affected by COVID-19 – Governor Roy Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force  announce a new Executive Order in response to COVID-19 that closes restaurants and bars for dine-in customers but allows them to continue takeout and delivery orders.  The executive order also includes an expansion of unemployment insurance to help North Carolina workers affected by COVID-19.

Governor Cooper Requests Small Business Administration Disaster Declaration to Aid COVID-19 Response:  Request is first step to provide relief for the state’s business owners – Governor Roy Cooper requested that the U.S. Small Business Administration grant a disaster declaration for business owners in North Carolina facing economic losses due to the new Coronavirus, COVID-19.   To read the full press release, please click here.

Governor Cooper Issues Executive Order Closing K-12 Public Schools and Banning Gatherings of More Than 100 People – Governor Roy Cooper today ordered all K-12 public schools in North Carolina to close for a minimum of two weeks in response to COVID-19.  The Executive Order also bans gatherings of more than 100 people. North Carolina currently has 23 people in 12 counties who have tested positive for COVID-19.  To read the full press release, please click here.

COVID-19 Mitigation Measures – As the number of cases of COVID-19 rise in North Carolina and the United States, and with the designation of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the state is responding with a whole government response. COVID-19 is a new infection that is particularly severe in older persons and those with medical conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and weakened immune systems.  To read the full press release, please click here.

COVID-19 Mitigation Guidance – On Monday, March 9, 2020, NC DHHS confirmed 5 new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wake County, increasing the statewide total to 7.  The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) is taking proactive steps to protect the health of our community by making recommendations that are meant to slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak and reduce the number of people infected.  To read the full press release, please click here.

Governor Cooper Declares State Of Emergency To Respond To Coronavirus COVID-19 – Governor Roy Cooper took the next step in the state’s coronavirus COVID-19 preparedness plan today and issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency.  The declaration activates the Emergency Operations Center to help agencies coordinate from one location and makes it easier to purchase needed medical supplies, protect consumers from price gouging, and increase county health departments’ access to state funds.  To read the full press release, please click here.

JCHD Press Release #1:  Health Department Prepares for Coronavirus (COVID-19) – The Jones County Health Department continues preparation for the possibility of a coronavirus outbreak in Jones County.  Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a respiratory disease caused by a new virus strain first identified in Wuhan, China.  The symptoms are similar to the flu – including fever, cough, or shortness of breath.  To read the full press release, please click here.

Five More People in North Carolina Test Positive for COVID-19 – Five more people in Wake County have tested presumptively positive today for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).  All traveled to Boston in late February to attend a BioGen conference. Several cases of COVID-19 across the country have been tied to the conference.  These cases are not related to the Wake County individual who tested positive last week.  All are in isolation at their respective homes.  To read the full press release, please click here.

North Carolina Identifies Second Case of COVID-19 – A second North Carolina person, unrelated to the first case, has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The test, conducted by the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health, is presumptively positive and will be confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab.  The person is doing well and is in isolation at home.  To read the full press release, please click here.

North Carolina Identifies First Case of COVID-19 – A North Carolina person has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  The test, conducted by the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health, is presumptively positive and will be confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab.  The person is doing well and is in isolation at home.  To read the full press release, please click here.

Governor’s Task Force Encourages North Carolinians to Increase Preparedness Measures for COVID-19 – Governor Roy Cooper’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Task Force continues to prepare for the possibility of COVID-19 infections occurring in North Carolina and is encouraging businesses, schools, health care providers, communities and individuals to prepare as well.  Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina.  To read the full press release, please click here.

NCDHHS Provides Coronavirus Update for Travelers Returning to North Carolina – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health departments to respond to the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak and assure the health and well-being of North Carolinians as residents return from China.   To read the full press release, please click here.

Test Results Negative for Possible Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in North CarolinaThe NC Division of Public Health is reporting that a patient who was being tested for the novel (new) 2019 coronavirus is not infected with the virus.  To read the full press release, please click here.

Public Health Screenings to Begin at 3 U.S. Airports for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (“2019-nCoV”) – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will implement enhanced health screenings to detect ill travelers traveling to the United States on direct or connecting flights from Wuhan, China.  To read the full press release, please click here.