SITUATION UPDATE: DECEMBER 10
As of 11:30 a.m. today:
More data are available online at covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard.
- North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. and NCDHHS Division of Public Health Pharmacist Dr. Amanda Fuller Moore, PharmD, delivered remarks during a media briefing today regarding COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine distribution in North Carolina. A playback of the media briefing can be viewed here, and more information on North Carolina’s plan for a COVID-19 vaccine can be viewed at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines.
- A no-cost COVID-19 testing and food distribution event is being held Dec. 12 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Global Scholars Academy located at 311 Dowd St. in Durham. This event is part of an ongoing effort to increase targeted testing in areas with a high percentage of historically marginalized populations. Read more.
- Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested. If you are sick, use the Check My Symptoms tool to help you determine if you need a COVID-19 test. People who do not have symptoms but may have been exposed to COVID-19 should also get tested, especially people from historically marginalized communities, including Latinx/Hispanic, Black/African American and American Indian Populations, who have been disproportionately affected by the virus.
- North Carolina has upcoming testing events scheduled in Alamance, Beaufort, Brunswick, Buncombe, Carteret, Caswell, Chatham, Cleveland, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Henderson, Iredell, Jackson, Johnston, Lenoir, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, New Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pitt, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Surry, Swain, Wake, Washington, Wilson, and Yadkin counties. For an up-to-date list of events, visit the Community Testing Events webpage. Many events offer testing at no cost. For more details about a specific event, call ahead before you go for a test.
- North Carolina COVID-19 testing is also provided at some local health departments, doctor and clinician offices, hospitals and clinics, many pharmacy sites and retail outlets, and other community locations. Some people who work in long-term care facilities and other high-risk settings may be tested through their work. You can find testing sites by using the Find My Testing Place tool online.
- Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. today announced that North Carolina will begin a Modified Stay at Home Order after a rapid increase in North Carolina’s key COVID-19 trends. The Order requires people to stay at home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. and takes effect Friday, Dec. 11 and will be in place until at least Jan. 8, 2021. Read more.
- NCDHHS is launching a pilot program to deploy COVID-19 testing in K-12 public schools to quickly identify students and staff who may have the virus to help slow its spread. Read more.
- North Carolinians can download and use the SlowCOVIDNC app to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The app works by alerting people when they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus. Watch the video in English or Spanish to learn more about the app, and go to the NCDHHS COVID-19 YouTube Channel for a full list of the department’s videos on COVID-19.
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