COVID-19 Press Releases

Governor Cooper Announces COVID-19 Funds Disbursed to Counties for Public Health and Essential Services: NC Pandemic Recovery Office Disburses Funds, Adds Key Leadership to Coordinate State Response to the Virus – On May 26, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper announced that $85.4 million in federal funds provided for COVID-19 relief to counties will be disbursed this week.  Three large counties, Guilford, Mecklenburg and Wake, have already received funds directly from the federal government, and 59 other counties that have completed certification will receive funds this week from the state-administered Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) that was passed by Congress.  Counties are encouraged to support municipalities with the funding as needed.  Please click here to read the full press release.

NCDHHS Reports Highest One-Day Increase of COVID-19 Positive Tests – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is reporting the state’s highest one-day number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1,107 cases reported.   To read the entire press release, please click here.

NCDHHS Provides One-Time Payment to Families with Children in Work First Cash Assistance Program – On May 22, 2020, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) began distributing a one-time supplemental payment to families enrolled in the Work First Cash Assistance program with one or more children.  These payments are intended to help vulnerable families during the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.   Please click here for the full press release.

Governor Cooper Highlights Innovative Safety Training Program for Restaurants, Other Businesses: Count on Me NC provides free online training to protect customers and employees in Phase 2 and beyond – On May 22, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper and Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services were joined by North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA) President and CEO Lynn Minges to highlight Count on Me NC, a free online training program to help restaurants, hotels and other businesses learn the best ways to protect customers and employees from COVID-19.   To read the full press release, please click here.

NCDHHS Announces First Reported Case of MIS-C in North Carolina – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting its first case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19.  While children generally experience mild symptoms with COVID-19, recently a possible link has been found between COVID-19 and a serious inflammatory disease in some children and teenagers who have current or recent infections.  The first reports of this syndrome came from the United Kingdom in late April.  Cases in the United States were first reported in New York City in early May.   Please click here to read the entire press release.

Trillium increases provider reimbursement payments by 20% – On May 20, 2020, Trillium Health Resources announced it will implement additional increases in payments to providers who are serving members during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As many providers are considered essential, frontline workers, and are indispensable in our communities, these increased payments will help them weather the stay-at-home orders and gradual economic reopening in North Carolina.  To read the full press release, click here.

Key Indicators Remain Stable, North Carolina Moves to Safer At Home Phase 2:  Phase 2, Safer At Home, begins Friday, May 22 at 5 pm –  On May 20, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen announced that North Carolina will move into Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, May 22 at 5 pm.  Read Executive Order No. 141.  After two weeks in Phase 1, the state’s overall key indicators remain stable but the continued increases in daily case counts signal a need to take a more modest step forward in Phase 2 than originally envisioned.   Please click here to read the full press release.

Interim Guidance for Restaurants (May 22, 2020) – Governor Cooper has implemented a three-phased approach to slowly lift restrictions while combatting  COVID-19, protecting North Carolinians and working together to recover the economy.  When North Carolina enters Phase 2, businesses and organizations should follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

NCDHHS Launches Interactive COVID-19 Dashboard – On May 20, 2020 the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services unveiled an updated COVID-19 Dashboard.  The interactive dashboard provides an overview on the metrics and capacities that the state is following to inform decisions to responsibly ease measures that slow the spread of the virus.  To read the full press release, please click here.

NCDHHS Expands Measures to Prevent and Respond to COVID-19 in Long-term Care Facilities  – On May 18, 2020 the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced it is taking further action to prevent and respond to COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities.  All long-term care facilities in the state will receive personal protective equipment (PPE) packs of needed supplies, and facilities will receive a limited increased rate for some Medicaid services to support infection prevention and management.   Please click here to read the complete press release.

Governor’s Office Response to Court Ruling – On May 16, 2020 Ford Porter, Governor Roy Cooper’s spokesperson, responded to a court ruling today on religious services during COVID-19:   “We don’t want indoor meetings to become hotspots for the virus and our health experts continue to warn that large groups sitting together inside for long periods of time are much more likely to cause the spread of COVID-19. While our office disagrees with the decision, we will not appeal, but instead urge houses of worship and their leaders to voluntarily follow public health guidance to keep their members safe.”

NCDHHS Updates Guidance on Who Should be Tested for COVID-19 – On May 15, 2020 the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services issued updated guidance  on who should be tested for COVID-19.  The new guidance recommends that clinicians test any patient in whom COVID-19 is suspected.  To read the full press release and access the guidance document for testing, please click here.

UNC School of Law Covid-19 Response Summer Project – Statement of Purpose and Client Eligibility – On May 13, 2020 the UNC School of Law announced a new summer project with nonprofit organizations that might need the services.  The purpose of the Covid-19 Summer Project is to 1) serve the legal needs of North Carolina charitable nonprofit organizations, including churches and other religious organizations, as they adjust to the Covid-19 pandemic and 2) provide rich practical educational experiences for a cohort of UNC Law students.  Please click here to read the entire announcement.

North Carolina’s Key COVID-19 Indicators Remain Stable:  Phase 1 remains in effect, more time needed to watch key indicators – On May 14, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen shared an update on North Carolina’s key COVID-19 indicators. The data and trends show that North Carolina remains stable nearly one week into Phase 1.   To read the entire press release, please click here.

NCDHHS Reports Data on COVID-19 Patients Presumed to be Recovered – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) estimates that as of May 11, 2020, 9,115 North Carolinians with COVID-19 are likely to have recovered from their symptoms. This data along with information about how it is calculated is posted on the COVID-19 Dashboard and will be updated weekly.  Please click here to read the full press release.

More than 800,000 Children Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic to Receive Additional Help Buying Food – Beginning May 13, 2020 families impacted by school closings due to COVID-19 are beginning to receive additional food benefits as part of the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program announced by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  To read the entire press release, please click here.

Governor Signs Executive Order to Provide Regulatory Flexibility for Health Care System During Response to COVID-19 – On May 13, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper Issued Executive Order No. 139, which will provide additional regulatory flexibility to help ensure capacity in the state’s health care system and improve its ability to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “It’s critical that our health care professionals are able to remain on the job during this crisis and this Order provides the flexibility to waive certain regulations impacting our health care system during the response to COVID-19,” said Governor Cooper.  Please click here to read the entire press release.

North Carolina Working with Local Manufacturers to Make Critical Supplies:  Medical gowns instead of graphics; face shields instead of signage – North Carolina is working with local manufacturers to shift their production to make critical medical supplies.  In March, Governor Roy Cooper established the state’s Task Force for Emergency Repurposing of Manufacturing (TFERM) to increase the amount of protective gear made here at home.  “North Carolina has a long history as a leader in manufacturing and innovation, and I’m proud that our homegrown companies are leading the way in making critical supplies for our frontline workers,” said Governor Cooper.   Click here to read the full press release.

JCHD Press Release #13:  Health Department Reports Third COVID-19 Death in Jones County – Jones County Health Department is reporting a third Jones County resident who has died from complications associated with COVID-19.  The resident was in their 60’s, hospitalized and considered high risk for the virus due to age and underlying medical conditions.  Please click here to read the full press release.

Wear, Wait, Wash to Continue Slowing the Spread of COVID-19 – Wear.  Wait. Wash.  As North Carolina moves to ease some COVID-19 restrictions at the end of this week, the NC Department of Health and Human Services is asking people to remember these three things to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve.  For more information about the Wear – Wait – Wash campaign, please click here .

New Portal Opens to File Claims for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment of Uninsured Patients – Health care providers and hospitals can use a new portal to request reimbursement for claims associated with COVID-19 testing and treatment of uninsured patients retroactive to Feb. 4, 2020.  The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal was launched by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support health care providers in delivering COVID-19 diagnostic testing and treatment at no cost to patients. It can be accessed at COVIDUninsuredClaim.linkhealth.com.  To read the entire press release, please click here .

School Buses to Serve as Wi-Fi Hot Spots for Remote Learning: Donations from AT&T, Duke Energy Foundation, Google to help equip more than 280 school buses with Wi-Fi – Starting this week, additional school buses will bring internet access to communities without it to help more North Carolina students connect to school online.  Governor Roy Cooper announced the plan to equip more school buses with hotspots following the announcement that K-12 public schools would continue remote learning through the end of this school year.  To read the full press release, click here.

Health Care Workers Being Matched to Facilities Seeking Staff – Due to COVID-19, many health care facilities in North Carolina, particularly long-term care facilities, are seeking to urgently hire staff for temporary, part-time or full-time roles.  There is an urgent need for Registered Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants, among other roles to supplement current workers and in some cases fill in for workers affected by COVID-19.  Please click here to read the entire press release.

Food and Nutrition Services Participants Can Now Use Benefits At Authorized Online EBT Retailers – Beginning May 6th, North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) participants will be able to purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards at authorized online EBT retailers.  North Carolina is the 10th state to implement this flexibility, which will remain permanently in place beyond the COVID-19 emergency.  To read the full press release, please click here.

NCDHHS Identifies Percent of North Carolinians at Higher Risk for Severe Illness from COVID-19 – More than half (51.1%) of North Carolina adults are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 because they are 65 or older, have at least one underlying health condition or both, according to data analyzed by the NC Department of Health and Human Services.  To read the rest of the press release, please click here.

Governor Cooper Announces Modified Stay At Home Order and Transition to Phase 1 of Easing Restrictions: New order takes effect Friday, May 8 at 5 pm; Personal care businesses, entertainment venues, gyms to remain closed – Governor Roy Cooper today signed Executive Order No. 138 to modify North Carolina’s Stay At Home order and transition to Phase 1 of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, May 8 at 5 pm.  Certain businesses remain closed as the state continues battling COVID-19.  To read the entire press release, please click here.

Federal Economic Impact Payments May Require Paperwork for Some North Carolinians:  Governor Cooper Urges Non-Tax Filers with Dependents to Complete Federal Form by May 5th – The federal government is sending out a $1,200 Federal Economic Impact Payments (otherwise known as a federal stimulus payment) for a qualifying adult.  There is also an additional $500 stimulus payment available for each qualifying child under the age of 17.  While people who receive Social Security (SSI) will receive the full $1,200 stimulus payment automatically, those who didn’t file federal tax returns in 2018 or 2019 will need to use the IRS online tool to register to receive an additional $500 stimulus payment for each qualifying child.  To read the full press release, please click here.

NCCARE360 Steps Up COVID-19 Response, Onboards 19 More NC Counties and a Major Health System – On May 4, 2020 NCCARE360, the statewide coordinated care network connecting individuals to local services and resources, expedited its expansion efforts in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, launching the network in 19 additional North Carolina counties while also extending its reach into eastern North Carolina with Vidant Health as the most recent health system to join the network.  To read the full press release, please click here.

Governor Cooper Signs COVID-19 Relief Bills Into Law On May 4, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper signed the following COVID-19 relief bills into law:

“I am signing into law two critical relief bills that will provide assistance to families, schools, hospitals and small businesses as our state battles COVID-19,” said Governor Cooper. “There is more work ahead of us, and I hope the spirit of consensus behind these bills will continue.”  To read the entire press release, please click here.

JCHD Press Release #12:  Updated Information Related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Jones County Health Department wants to make sure residents are receiving correct information about the Coronavirus, which is also referred to as COVID-19.  During these times, it is important that residents receive updates but also accurate information to help debunk rumors throughout the community. The following are updates regarding COVID-19 and preventative measures to reduce the spread of the virus.  To read the full press release, please click here.

NCDHHS Announces Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative – On April 27, 2020 the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced the Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative, a new partnership with Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) and the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) to help stop the spread of COVID-19.   To read the full press release, please click here .

Governor Cooper, State Education Leaders: Remote Learning To Continue Through End of 2019-2020 School Year; Cooper also proposes $1.4 billion COVID-19 relief package using federal funds – On April 24, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina K-12 public schools will continue remote learning through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.  Cooper was joined by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson and the Chair of the State Board of Education Eric Davis for the announcement.   To read the entire press release, please click here.

Governor Extends Stay at Home Order Through May 8, Plans Three Phase Lifting of Restrictions Based on Virus Trends – On April 23, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 135  extending North Carolina’s Stay At Home order through May 8.  The orders extending closure of restaurants for dine-in service and bars and closure of other close-contact businesses are also extended through May 8.  To read the full press release, please click here.

JCHD Press Release #11:  Health Department Reports Second COVID-19 Death in Jones County – On April 21, 2020 Jones County Health Department reported the second COVID-19 associated death in Jones County.  The individual died on April 19th from complications associated with the virus.  The individual was in their 90’s with underlying medical conditions and had been hospitalized.   To protect the family’s privacy, no identifying information about the individual will be released.  To read the entire press release, please click here.

NCDHHS to Provide Additional Food Benefits for More than 800,000 Children Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic – On April 20, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina has been approved for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, to help families purchase food for children impacted by school closings due to COVID-19.  NCDHHS is working to operationalize the program and families will begin to receive this benefit in coming weeks.  To read the full press release, please click here.  For additional information on the P-EBT program, please click here.

NCDHHS, Universities, Health Systems Partner to Study of COVID-19 Cases with Mild or No Symptoms – On April 17, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper announced that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is working with academic partners across the state to understand how widespread cases of COVID-19 with mild or no symptoms are in the state and to monitor prevalence of the disease over time.  To read the full press release, please click  here .

Governor Cooper Shares Path Forward for North Carolina:  Testing, Tracing and Trends will help determine when to loosen restrictions – On April 15, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper charted a path forward for eventually easing certain COVID-19 restrictions while still protecting North Carolinians from a dangerous second wave of the virus.  To read the entire press release, please click here.

JCHD Press Release #10:  Health Department Reports First COVID-19 Death in Jones CountyOn April 10, 2020 Jones County Health Department reported the first COVID-19 associated death in Jones County.  The individual died on April 9th from complications associated with the virus.  The individual was in their 70’s with underlying medical conditions and had been hospitalized.  To protect the family’s privacy, no identifying information about the individual will be released.  To read the entire press release, please click here.

Governor Cooper Signs Order to Tighten Social Distancing Measures, Strengthen Long-Term Care Rules and Streamline Unemployment Benefits Process:  Executive Order No. 131 Sets Policies for Retail Stores, Enforces Mandatory Rules at Nursing Homes and Expedites Issuing Unemployment BenefitsOn April 9, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper took action to the address the spread of COVID-19 by issuing stronger social distancing requirements and speeding up the process to get benefits to people out of work through Executive Executive Order #131   .To read the entire press release, please click here.

JCHD Press Release #9:  One Additional Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Jones County – One additional case of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed positive in Jones County, for a total of three positive cases.  The third individual, who is hospitalized at this time, was tested on Monday, April 6th.  Confirmation of this individual’s test results were forwarded to the Health Department on Wednesday, April 8th.  To read the entire press release, please click here. 

Press Reelease #8:  Jones County Identifies First Positive Cases of COVID-19 – The first positive cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Jones County.  Two (2) individuals who were in direct contact with each other were tested for COVID-19 on Sunday, April 5th.  Confirmation of positive COVID-19 test results were forwarded to Jones County Health Department on Tuesday, April 7th.  The individuals are hospitalized at this time.  To read the entire press release, please click here.

JCHD Press Release #7:  Important Updates in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic – Jones County Health Department (JCHD) continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and is closely working with local, state and federal partners to provide the most current guidance and information.  This release provides some important updates regarding childcare assistance and food access, including meals for children out of school.  To read the entire press release, please click here.

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.