What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu. They are:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath

COVID-19 typically causes mild to moderate respiratory illness. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms that do not require hospitalization, although there have been reports of severe illness with a small percentage resulting in death. Respiratory symptoms alone are not an indicator for COVID-19.

Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure.

Who can I call to get help or information about COVID-19?

Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162. In Wayne County call 919-705-1800.  Sign up for TEXT updates by texting COVIDNC to 898211.

Should I wear a mask?

Social distancing – staying 6 feet apart from others – cannot be replaced by face coverings. The very best evidence on reducing the spread is to social distance and stay at home. The CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain such as grocery stores and pharmacies.

The CDC is not recommending medical masks, which need to first go to those on the frontlines, including our health care workers. Cloth coverings can play a part in controlling the spread if they are used properly and in combination with other tried and true everyday preventive actions like washing hands, wiping down surfaces. If used incorrectly, face coverings can expose someone to more germs rather than less. Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.

Where can I read Gov.Cooper's Executive Orders

Click here to read all of Governor Coopers Executive Orders.

Can I watch Gov. Cooper's Press Conferences on-line?

Yes, the live and archived press conferences, in English & Spanish, are available by clicking here.

Where can I find resources for Small Businesses?

To find information for Small Businesses, including Unemployment Insurance and Financial Support, click here.

Where can I find resources for Family & Community?

For information on Free Meal sites, Consumer Fraud, and Financial Assistance, click here.

I heard there is free internet service available. How do I get that?

For information on how to qualify for free internet service offerings click here.

I'm considered an essential worker and need Child Care

A hotline is available to help essential workers find child care programs that are meeting new health, safety and operational guidelines. Parents and caregivers can call (888) 600-1685 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Click here for more information.

What Businesses & Community Events can remain open?

Executive Order 121 permits essential businesses to remain open.  For a list of those businesses and community events that can remain open click here.

So when will schools and colleges reopen?

For a list of Gov. Cooper’s Executive Orders that outline the status of schools in North Carolina and Wayne County click here.

¿Dónde puedo obtener información en español?

Para obtener información sobre el virus COVID-19 haga clic aquí.

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