The coronavirus or COVID-19 is a disease that was identified in late 2019 and was declared a pandemic on March 11. COVID-19 is an international, national and NC public health emergency. Here is what you need to do.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- 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 touched.
How does COVID-19 spread?
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.
What is social distancing?
While it may be disappointing to hear that so many sports events, festivals, and other gatherings are being canceled, there is a public health reason for these measures. These cancellations will help stop or slow down the spread of disease allowing the health care system to take care of patients over time.Canceling events that are likely to draw crowds is an example of social distancing. Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people helps decrease your chances of catching the virus.Other types of social distancing that will help you to avoid larger crowds are:
- Working from home.
- Use online for socializing, through apps like Skype for video.
- You can have food services deliver to your home.
- Canceling or postponing events with crowds.
Where can I find out information about Wake county?
You can go to http://www.wakegov.com/Pages/default.aspx They have a lot of good information and what is new. Here are the latest posts about businesses closing down due to restrictions. Updated MARCH 22In response to the rising number of positive cases of COVID-19, Wake County is putting new restrictions in place to help slow the spread of coronavirus and protect the local healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed.Wake County Board of Commissioners Chairman Greg Ford today signed a new State of Emergency Declaration. The declaration requires some types of businesses to close, prohibit gatherings of 50 people or more, change visitation practices at nursing homes and restrict the use of playground equipment at local parks.“This is a challenging time, and it requires us to make difficult decisions to keep Wake County residents safe,” said Chairman Ford. “Our hope is that these new restrictions will maximize opportunities for the public to practice social distancing, which should help reduce the spread of COVID-19.”Restrictions specific to nursing homes and similar facilities go into effect immediately. All other restrictions go into effect at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 23. The new restrictions will last until April 30.They include:
- Closing fitness clubs, gyms, hair and nail salons, spas, tanning, massage, and tattoo salons, and other professional grooming services;
- Canceling mass gatherings of 50 or more people (which includes both staff and patrons). This does not include organizations that provide critical services like hospitals, government operations, and financial institutions. It also excludes retailers that provide essentials goods like grocery stores, pharmacies, pet stores, and hardware stores;
- Requiring nursing homes, long-term care facilities and assisted living centers to cease group activities that don’t allow for social distancing. Residents can only have one adult visitor per day unless it is an end-of-life situation, and the visitor must be screened for:
- fever of 100.4-degrees or higher,
- a cough and
- difficulty breathing before they can enter the building;
- Prohibiting the use of playground equipment at public and private parks. This does not include backyard playgrounds or other amenities such as greenways and walking trails; and
- Recommendations that retail businesses screen their employees and customers for fever and respiratory illness before they enter the facility and turn away those who are sick.
“We are not at the point yet where we feel a stay-at-home order is necessary,” said Wake County Manager David Ellis. “We hope that these new restrictions will achieve our goals of limiting the spread of COVID-19 and protecting the capacity our healthcare system to serve our residents, so we don’t have to take that step.”The county has set up a dedicated phone line to address business-specific questions: 919-856-7420. In addition, additional FAQs have been included on the county’s COVID-19 webpage here.Wake County is working with the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Wake County Economic Development to help communicate with the business community about these changes and share important resources to help support them during this challenging time.The new State of Emergency declaration is attached to this news release.Protecting Yourself Although your risk of contracting COVID-19 remains low, the county’s public health team encourages you to protect yourself from COVID-19 and any other flu-like illness by following these simple steps:
- Stay away from sick people and practice social distancing measures.
- Wash your hands.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
- Stay home if you’re sick and don’t send sick children to childcare.
Staying Updated Wake County has made it easy for you to stay updated on the latest information about COVID-19.You can visit our COVID-19 webpage, which has a set of frequently asked questions to educate residents in English and in Spanish, a list of COVID-19-related closures and service changes, as well as an email address and phone number that people can use to ask personal health-related questions about COVID-19. The county is also sharing important information on its Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
Updated March 25
The city of Durham and Mecklenburg and Pitt counties have issued stay-at-home orders for their residents. Wake and Orange counties will issue similar orders on Thursday.
Be prepared for a stay-at-home order soon, it sounds like for Wake county. This means the town of Wendell, NC. This is where I live. What is a Stay-at-home order?
- Residents will still be able to go to grocery stores, pharmacies, medical offices, hospitals, auto repairs, and gas stations.
- They can still go running or hiking and walk their dogs.
Many, many people will still be able to go to work.
March 27, 2020As you know, COVID-19 has spread through Wake County since the announcement of the first case detected on March 3. Here in the Town of Wendell, our staff and elected officials have worked closely with the Governor, Wake County, and public health agencies. Our top priority is to slow the spread of COVID-19 and do our part to keep our residents safe.As a result, Wake County has issued a Stay At Home order, which goes into effect at 5 p.m. on March 27. This was done with the full agreement and participation of every town in Wake County, including the Town of Wendell. A decision like this was not made lightly, but it is important strong measures are put into place to try to slow the spread of this virus so that we do not overburden our hospitals and healthcare professionals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Wake County Public Health Officials advise that staying home can greatly reduce the spread of COVID-19.I understand there are a lot of questions in these uncertain times. It is important to know where to go to receive the most up to date information directly from the source. The Town of Wendell has created a webpage to post updates on Town programs, events, and services, which is located at www.townofwendell.com. Our staff is committed to continuing to provide quality services to the residents of Wendell.Additionally, information regarding the Stay at Home order can be found on Wake County’s website, located at www.wakegov.com. Their website has frequently asked questions, guidance for doctors and healthcare professionals, food resources and guidance for businesses.It is important that we follow the restrictions and recommendations from Wake County to slow the spread of this virus, and to keep our residents safe. Please call the Wake County COVID-19 Hotline number at (919) 856-7420 with any questions or concerns. It is staffed 8am-8pm 7 days a week to assist residents. I hope you will join me in taking the actions put in place, based on the recommendations of medical experts. I know that as a community we can count on each other to get through this together.Stay safe and well.