SITUATION UPDATE: NOVEMBER 17
As of 12:00 p.m. today:
- Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. today announced a new COVID-19 County Alert System to pinpoint counties with the highest levels of viral spread and offer specific recommendations to bring numbers down. Read more.
- NCDHHS has received $870,000 per year over the next five years for suicide prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program is the first to take a comprehensive public health approach which addresses data-informed family, community and societal issues that contribute to suicide. 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, Bertie, Bladen, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Caswell, Chatham, Chowan, Cleveland, Cumberland, Davie, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Gaston, Gates, Graham, Greene, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Henderson, Hertford, Hoke, Iredell, Jackson, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Lincoln, Martin, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pitt, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Surry, Swain, Wake, Washington, Watauga 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.
- NCDHHS expanded the demographic data for NC COVID-19 cases and added new filtering functions to the NC COVID-19 Dashboard. Demographic data for COVID-19 total cases are available by age group, gender, race and ethnicity and can be filtered by county. Read more.
- Governor Roy Cooper announced that the state is providing COVID-19 tests to colleges and universities across North Carolina to help bolster schools’ student testing efforts in advance of Thanksgiving and holiday break. Read more.
- Since September, new COVID-19 cases have been increasing faster in rural counties, according to a new report by NCDHHS. Read more.
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