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Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that can cause illness in animals and humans. Some coronaviruses commonly circulate in the United States and usually cause upper respiratory symptoms such as cough or runny nose, although some can cause more serious illness. The 2019 novel (new) coronavirus causes the illness coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disease that was identified in Wuhan, China, and is now being spread throughout the world. People are encouraged to take common sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
Coronaviruses like COVID-19 are most often spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, through close personal contact (including touching and shaking hands) or through touching your nose, mouth or eyes before washing your hands. Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about how COVID-19 spreads and how to protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms, you may need to seek medical attention. Call the Orange County Health Department at 300 W. Tryon St, Hillsborough, NC 27278; (919)245-2400 for further guidance. Before going to a health care provider, clinic, hospital or emergency room, call ahead to describe your symptoms and how you may have been exposed to the virus. In the event of an emergency call 9-1-1.
Businesses and employers should reinforce good hand hygiene tips and other common-sense precautions with employees and patrons.
Businesses should also:
More information is available from the CDC on how businesses can plan and respond.
Since late January, NCDHHS and NC Emergency Management have been operating a team to coordinate efforts around the state’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. In early February, Governor Roy Cooper formalized this effort with the creation of the COVID-19 Task Force to further prepare for COVID-19 infections in North Carolina.
DHHS is working with federal and local health officials, health care providers and emergency management officials to protect the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians. Activities include:
North Carolina Preparation and Ongoing Response
Follow the guidance of public health and emergency management officials as the situation continues to evolve.
Listen to a message from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on the coronavirus here.
North Carolina Department of Health and Humans Services (NCDHHS):https://epi.dph.ncdhhs.gov/cd/diseases/2019ncov.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/novel-coronavirus-2019.html
• For more information about Coronaviruses: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html
• For travel health information: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/pneumonia-chinaWorld Health Organization (WHO):https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirushttps://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/getting-workplace-ready-for-covid-19.pdf
Map of Current Outbreak Created and Maintained by Johns Hopkins: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ec
National Institute of Health:National Institute of Health (NIH) Coronavirus Infection Information in Multiple Languages