Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Catawba County Public Health is actively monitoring the COVID-19
pandemic, and we are working to ensure our community is ready to
respond. To provide you the most accurate and updated information about
COVID-19, the following resources have been gathered for your reference.
Current Status in Catawba County
On May 20, Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order that moves North Carolina into Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting restrictions. The easing of restrictions is in effect from 5 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2020, through at least Friday, June 26, 2020. For answers to frequently asked questions, click here. Highlights of Safer At Home Phase 2 include:
On May 5, Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order that continues to encourage people in North Carolina to stay at home while easing restrictions on travel, business operations, and mass gatherings. The easing of restrictions is the first phase of a three-phase plan and is in effect from 5 p.m. May 8, 2020, through 5 p.m. May 22, 2020. For answers to frequently asked questions, click here. Highlights of Phase 1 include:
On April 23, Gov. Roy Cooper extended through 5 p.m. May 8, 2020, the executive order
that requires people in the state of North Carolina to stay at home.
Cooper’s executive order 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. Answers to
frequently asked questions about the order can be found here. Cooper also shared information about how North Carolina can gradually re-open over three phases
to prevent hot spots of viral spread while also beginning to bring our
economy back. These phases are based on the best information available
now, but could be altered as new information emerges.
- Any retail business may open at 50 percent capacity. Businesses are required to practice social distancing, perform frequent cleanings, provide hand sanitizer when available, screen workers for symptoms and more.
- People may leave their homes for commercial activity at any business that is open.
- Certain businesses remain closed, including bars, personal care businesses, entertainment venues, and gyms. Restaurants may only continue to serve customers for drive-through, take-out and delivery.
- Teleworking is encouraged for businesses that can practice it.
- Cloth face coverings are recommended when you leave the house and may be near other people who are not family or household members.
On April 23, Catawba County Public Health Director Jennifer McCracken information about contact tracing and how it works. Learn more.
On April 9, Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order
that requires new social distancing policies at open stores, mandatory
protective measures for nursing homes, and additional measures that will
get more unemployment claims processed faster.
On April 7, Catawba County Public Health Director Jennifer McCracken provided answers to common coronavirus questions. Learn more.
On April 3, the first death associated with COVID-19 in Catawba County was announced.
On March 31, NC Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order directing
utilities to give residential customers at least six months to pay
outstanding bills and prohibiting them from collecting fees, penalties
or interest for late payment. The City of Calremont will not disconnect
residential utility or sanitation service or assess late fees through
May 31, 2020. Please keep in mind that customers will be responsible for
paying for all usage and, if possible, should continue to pay on their
accounts to avoid accumulating large balances. Answers to frequently
asked questions about the order can be found here.
On March 27, Gov. 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. Cooper’s executive order
takes effect at 5 p.m. Monday, March 30, 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. Answers to frequently asked questions about the order can be
On March 23, Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order
expanding the list of public places he was ordering closed, lowering
the limit for the number of people at public gatherings to 50, and
extending the closing of public schools through May 15.
On March 23, CDC extended its definition of individuals at high risk of coronavirus complications. Learn more.
On March 20, Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order facilitating
critical motor vehicle operations and delegating authority to the
secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to
waive regulations in order to expand access to child care and support local health departments.
On March 20, the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Catawba County.
March 18, Catawba County Board Chair Randy Isenhower declared a State
of Emergency in Catawba County. The declaration covers the entire area
of Catawba County and was made by and with the consent of all
municipalities within Catawba County.
On March 17, NC Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order
mandating that North Carolina restaurants and bars will be closed to
sit-down service and limited to take-out or delivery orders starting at 5
p.m. Grocery stores, gas stations, and convenience stores, are exempt
from this order and will remain open, though they may not serve sit-down
food. Additionally, the order lifts some restrictions on unemployment
benefits and adds benefit eligibility for those out of work because they
have the virus or must care for someone who is sick. Learn more.
On March 16, President Donald Trump issued his Coronavirus Guidelines for America, “15 Ways to Slow the Spread.” Learn more.
On March 16, NC DHHS issued Interim Guidance for Organizations that Gather Less than 50 People. Learn more.
On March 14, Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order closing
all K-12 public schools in North Carolina, starting on March 16, for a
minimum of two weeks. The order also prohibits mass gatherings of more
than 100 people. Learn more.
On March 12, NC DHHS released recommendations for employers and
employees regarding mitigation measures including teleworking
technologies, staggering work schedules, and considerations for
canceling non-essential travel. Workplaces should hold larger meetings
virtually, to the extent possible. Additionally, employers should
arrange the workspace to optimize distance between employees, ideally at
least six feet apart. Employers should urge high risk employees to stay
home and urge employees to stay home when they are sick and maximize
flexibility in sick leave benefits. Learn more.
On March 10, Governor Roy Cooper 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.
In addition to Governor Cooper’s emergency declaration, the NC DHHS is
making several recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce
the number of people infected. Learn more.
On March 3, North Carolina reported
its first case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
COVID-19 is currently not widespread and the North Carolina Department
of Health and Human Services is providing timely updates on our state’s
status. Learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions NC DHHS Website
Frequently Asked Questions Printable Handout
North Carolina COVID-19 Hotline: 1-866-462-3821
North Carolina COVID-19 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
North Carolina COVID-19 Online Chat: www.ncpoisoncontrol.org
NC 2-1-1: 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. NC 2-1-1
is an information and referral service that families and individuals
can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human
services resources within their community. NC 2-1-1 operates 24 hours a
day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and resources are available in
most languages. North Carolinians can text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive
general information and updates about COVID-19. Sign up now to get
regular alerts on the rapidly evolving situation and North Carolina’s
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Includes national case counts and prevention guidance.
Coronavirus Disease Response in North Carolina (NCDHHS)
Includes North Carolina case counts, prevention guidance and statewide actions to combat coronavirus.
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)-World Health Organization
Includes facts, maps, and global case count information.
steps to prevent coronavirus transmission are similar to the steps to
prevent other respiratory illnesses, like the flu. The following are
measures we can all take to protect ourselves and our community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Practice social distancing in public when possible by maintaining a 6 foot distance from others.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
- It is also good practice to start being more aware of the number of
times a day your hands touch an object or hard surface and then touch
your face without being washed. Limiting the exposure of your nose,
mouth and eyes to unwashed hands can help to protect from the spread of
all germs and illnesses.
- For pregnant women and children, review the information and guidance available on the CDC website.
High Risk Individuals
Based on currently
available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of
any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at
higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:
- People aged 65 years and older
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
- Other high-risk conditions could include:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have heart disease with complications
- People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
- People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index (BMI) greater
than 40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not
well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver
disease might also be at risk
- People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to
be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19
has not shown increased risk
Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including
cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune
deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of
corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.
Guidance for Specific Settings
NC DHHS provides
guidance and resources for a range of stakeholders. Information is
changing rapidly and is regularly updated as needed.