Vaccines are the only way to end the pandemic. Getting Vaccinated Prevents Serious Illness, Hospitalizations, and Deaths, and Delays Community Spread. Rigorous clinical trials conducted among thousands of people 12 years of age and older have shown that vaccines are safe and effective. More than 160 million Americans have been vaccinated safely.
To find a vaccination center, go to MySpot, nc, gov. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends that, if you live in an area with high or substantial levels of transmission, wear a mask when in closed public settings, even if you are vaccinated. In addition, according to updated CDC guidance, all K-12 schools must require the use of universal masks, regardless of state. The Department of Health and Human Services updated the guidance to bring schools in line with this recommendation.
The NCDHHS has also updated guidance that encourages private sector companies to, at a minimum, check the vaccination status of their workers. Contact Information for State Agencies, Legislators, Hotlines, Fraud Reporting, and More. Visit the Mecklenburg County website for local updates and COVID-19 statistics. Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that fully vaccinated individuals can safely perform most activities without wearing a mask or the need to social distance from others, the state will eliminate its mandate to wear inner masks for most environments.
In addition, the state will remove all limits on mass gatherings and social distancing requirements. Masks are highly recommended for everyone at large, busy indoor events, such as sporting events and live performances. Face covering requirements are subject to state guidance Day or Night Camps. Certain health care facilities, such as care centers.
Prisons and facilities that offer shelter to the homeless. Establishments Providing Shelter for the Homeless. Under the new Executive Order, masks will continue to be necessary indoors, but they are no longer mandatory outdoors. Masks continue to be highly recommended outdoors, in crowded areas and in higher-risk environments,.
Face coverings should be worn outdoors if a consistent physical distance of more than six feet cannot be maintained from people other than household members. Read the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services face covering requirements document for full details. A toolkit is available for businesses and organizations to remind people to wear face coverings in indoor and outdoor public spaces. Residents with questions about the North Carolina plan can call 2-1-1 or review the Executive Order 147 FAQ document.
In June, the City of Charlotte launched its Open for Business initiative to support small business owners through their recovery from COVID-19.By providing access to capital and other resources, the program aims to help businesses survive the recovery phase of the pandemic and help prepare businesses to thrive in a post-pandemic future. The initiative is supported by the City of Charlotte Small Business Community Recovery Task Force and the Workforce and Development Committee. The Order requires restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, personal care businesses and more to close at 10 p.m. And it requires people to stay home between 10 p.m., m.
There is growing evidence that cloth face coverings, when used consistently, can slow the spread of COVID-19, especially among people who are not yet showing symptoms of the virus. Outdoors and within six feet of a person who does not reside in the home of the person exercising. Indoors and not inside your own home. Waiting or traveling by public and private transport for several people, including but not limited to buses, taxis, transportation, private care service, vans.
Participating in work, whether in the workplace or performing off-site work, when they are or may be within six feet of other people, including working or walking in common areas, such as lobbies, hallways, stairs, elevators, and parking lots. While outdoors in public spaces, it is not possible to maintain physical distance from people who are not members of the same household or residence. Meeting limits are maintained at ten (people) for indoor environments and fifty (50) people for outdoor environments. Limitations to certain businesses, sanitation standards, and other public health restrictions described in the Phase 3 Executive Order and the NCDHHS Guidance remain in effect.
Retail business locations with more than 15,000 square feet of interior space must continue to have one worker at each entrance open to the public, who is responsible for enforcing face covering and capacity limitations of executive orders. A face covering is still required in all indoor public settings if non-household members are present, regardless of the person's ability to maintain social distance. Face coverings are still required in public outdoor settings if people are unable to maintain a social distance of six feet away from non-household members. Large outdoor venues with capacity for more than 10,000 people can operate with 7% occupancy for spectators.
Smaller outdoor entertainment venues, such as stadiums or amphitheaters, can operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is smaller. Movie theaters and conference centers can open indoor spaces at 30% capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less. Bars can operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is smaller. Amusement parks can open with 30% occupancy, outdoor attractions only.
The limits for mass gatherings will be maintained at 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. Beginning June 26, everyone must wear a face covering when in public places, indoors or outdoors, where it is not possible to maintain physical distance from others other than members of the same household or residence. Waiting for or riding public and private transportation for multiple people, including but not limited to buses, taxis, transportation, private care service, vans Participating in work, whether in the workplace or performing off-site work, when they are or may be within six feet of other people, including working in or walk through common areas, such as lobbies, hallways, stairs, elevators, and parking lots. While outdoors in public spaces, it is not possible to maintain physical distance from people who are not members of the same household or residence.
Mandates for masks and other prevention methods remain in effect. The limits for mass gatherings in Phase 2 will be no more than 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors in most circumstances. These limits apply to event venues, conference centers, sports stadiums and stadiums, amphitheaters, and park or beach groups. Some businesses will remain closed in Phase 2, including bars, nightclubs, gyms and indoor fitness facilities, indoor entertainment venues such as movie theaters and bowling alleys.
Certain businesses will open to limited capacity with other requirements and recommendations, including restaurants with 50% dining capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; personal care businesses, including beauty salons and barbers, with 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; pools at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements. In Phase 2, employees of personal care companies must wear face coverings. Day care centers, day camps and night camps will be open with improved cleaning and screening requirements. Retail businesses that are allowed to open in Phase 1 at 50% capacity will continue at that level.
Public health recommendations are provided for worship services to practice increased social distancing and other cleaning and hygiene practices. Phase 2 Temporary Outdoor Dining Registration Lifts Stay-at-Home Order and Becomes Safer at Home Recommendation, Especially for People at High Risk for Seriously Ill. Teleworking is also recommended when possible. All North Carolina residents must stay at home, except for the purposes described in the order.
Eliminate the distinction between essential and non-essential businesses. Allows most retailers (with exceptions) that can meet specific requirements to open at 50 percent capacity. Allow people to leave home for non-essential goods or services. Open child care to working families.
Encourage North Carolinians to wear cloth face coverings when outside the home to protect others. A stay-at-home order is still in effect. Mass gatherings are generally limited to no more than ten people. Social distancing, hand hygiene, and other methods should be practiced to slow the spread of COVID-19, including maintaining a distance of at least six feet.
Restaurants and bars remain closed for food service. Personal care and grooming businesses, including barbershops, nail and tanning salons, and tattoo parlors, remain closed. Entertainment facilities, including movie theaters, bowling alleys and entertainment venues, remain closed. Fitness facilities, such as gyms and gyms, remain closed.
People can leave their homes to get medical services, goods and services, exercise outdoors, care for others, or volunteer. Open retail businesses must meet certain requirements to ensure the safety of their employees and customers. Visits are still prohibited in long-term care facilities, except in certain compassionate care situations. Work for any company, non-profit organization, government, or other organization that is not closed by an executive order, or seek employment.
Care for health and safety needs, including emergency medical services, obtaining medical supplies and medications, or visiting a health professional or veterinarian. Receive goods, services, or supplies from any business or operation that is not closed by an Executive Order. Care for others, including helping a family member, friend, or pet, or attending weddings or funerals. Worship or exercise First Amendment rights outdoors, following guidelines.
Travel between places of residence, including child custody or visitation arrangements. Gather at other people's homes with no more than ten people outdoors while following social distancing guidelines. Instruct customers and staff to maintain a distance of at least six feet, except at the point of sale, if applicable. Limit occupancy to no more than 50 percent of declared fire capacity and be sure to maintain social distancing of six feet apart, if possible.
Mark six feet of space in the rows at the point of sale and other high-traffic customer areas. Provide hand sanitizer stations where available and make sure there are soap and hand drying materials in the sinks. Conduct a daily employee symptom assessment prior to entering the workplace and immediately dispatch symptomatic workers. Have a plan to immediately isolate an employee from work if symptoms occur.
Place signs at main entrances to remind people of social distancing guidelines; request that people who have or have had symptoms recently not come in; and notify customers of reduced store capacity. Ask workers to stay at least six feet apart from each other and from customers, to the greatest extent possible. Provide designated times for seniors and other high-risk populations to access services. Develop and use systems that allow ordering online, by email, or by phone; contactless curbside pickup, from the car, or home delivery; and contactless payment.
Clearly mark designated entry and exit points. It means that movement is restricted so that all residents of Mecklenburg County remain in their place of residence, except that they can leave to provide or receive essential services or participate in essential activities and work for essential businesses and government services. Restrict travel on public streets, alleys or highways or other properties, except for those who need medical assistance, food, or other products or services necessary to maintain the well-being of themselves or their families or any member of the same. How does this order change the previous executive order that banned mass gatherings of 50 people or more? Going to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other health care needs Visit a healthcare professional for medical services that can't be provided virtually (call first) Caring for or supporting a friend or family member Walk your pets and take them to the vet if needed Help someone in need supplies Receive deliveries from any company that delivers Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need Keep a distance of less than 6 feet from others when you leave Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility, except in cases limited exceptions as provided on facility websites What is the difference between Stay at Home and social distancing? Stay at home (stay without exposure and do not expose others) Stay 6 feet or more away from others Health care, public health, law enforcement, public safety, and first responders Food, beverage, and agriculture (manufacturing, production, processing, cultivation, including agriculture, livestock, fishing, baking and distribution of animals and goods for consumption, providing food, shelter and other necessities for animals) Stores selling groceries and medicines Organizations providing charitable and social services (businesses and religious and secular non-profit organizations, including banks of food, when they provide food and shelter, social services and other necessities for the lives of economically disadvantaged or needy people, people in need of assistance and people with disabilities).
Information and Communication Technology Financial institutions (banks, exchange offices, consumer lenders, including, but not limited to, payday lenders, pawn shops, consumer installment lenders and sales finance lenders, credit unions, appraisers, securities companies, marketplaces financial, trade and future exchanges, subsidiaries of financial institutions, entities that issue bonds, related financial institutions and institutions that sell financial products) Critical trades (building and construction: plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and cleaning personnel of commercial properties and government, security personnel, operational engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services and other service providers who provide the services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences, essential activities and essential businesses) Mail, mail, shipping, logistics, delivery and collection services (post offices and other companies providing shipping and delivery services, companies that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services to end users or through commercial channels) Restaurants for off-premises consumption (internal delivery, third party delivery, care and services at home (home care for adults, seniors, children, people with disabilities) Child care centers (for specific employees: first responders, health workers, public health, etc.) Other community government operations and essential functions including human services Other community-based human service operations I live outside of Mecklenburg County. How does this affect me? What are minimum basic operations? The minimum activities necessary to maintain the value of the company's inventory, preserve the condition of the company's physical plant and equipment, ensure safety, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions. The minimum activities necessary to make it easier for company employees to continue working remotely from their homes. Any travel related to the provision or access to essential activities, essential government functions, essential business and operations, or minimum core operations.
Travel to care for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable people Traveling to or from educational institutions to receive materials for distance learning, to receive meals and other related services Traveling to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction Travel required by law enforcement or court order, including transportation of children pursuant to a custody agreement Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the county. If voluntary cooperation is not achieved, the CMPD is equipped to enforce these restrictions through subpoenas or misdemeanor charges. Yes, this order applies to all residents within Mecklenburg County. Does this order apply to people who are homeless? What does this mean for non-essential businesses? Business and non-essential operations must cease; all businesses and operations in the county, except essential businesses and operations, must cease all activities within the county, except for minimum basic operations.
Companies can continue their operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors operating in their own residences (ie,. All public entertainment venues where people can gather, whether indoors or outdoors, including, but not limited to, attractions, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, museums, game rooms, fairs, children's play centers, playgrounds, recreation, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, cinemas and other theaters, concert and music venues, and country clubs or social clubs will be closed to the public. Why do courts summon jurors during a pandemic?. COVID-19 cases are rising once again in parts of the United States and health experts predict that North Carolina will soon see similar trends.
(WTVD) — COVID-19 cases are rising once again in parts of the United States, and health experts predict that North Carolina will soon see similar trends. About half of the country already reports an uptick in cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that hospitalizations continued to decline across the country last week. The weekly average number of cases has increased by about 8% nationwide since the beginning of April, according to CDC data.
Last week, the state reported an increase in COVID-19 particles in wastewater. Wastewater surveillance indicates how quickly the virus is spreading and is not dependent on people getting tested or reporting. The number of particles found increased by about 25% last week. The number of COVID-19 particles continues to drop 98% since the peak of January.
Wohl pointed to the recent dinner in Washington, D.C. Where 70 people were infected as further proof that the risk of COVID-19 is still very real. Predicting how many cases will increase is difficult, especially with the rise in popularity of home testing. Positive home test kits are not included in states' case counts, meaning the total number of cases is not reported.
The Wake County Health Department reported an increase in the number of people seeking to get tested for COVID-19 over the past week. A county spokesman said they are monitoring demand and could consider expanding capacity again. One of those main tools; they are vaccines. About 41,000 North Carolinians have received the second booster dose since it was approved for part of the population nearly two weeks ago.
This represents about 1% of the population that has been driven. About 40% of North Carolinians Still Don't Get Vaccinated. Durham County Health Director Rodney Jenkins said the country has seen a notable increase in people attending vaccination appointments since the second booster was approved. Officials continue to pressure people to take action now, before cases work again.
IHME has monitored COVID-19 metrics and provided projections during the pandemic. Current IHME projections predict that hospitalizations may increase slightly in the next two weeks before declining. As health officials prepare for the next increase, one of the main obstacles is the potential lack of funding. There are still multiple options for free testing and vaccination throughout the state and the supply remains in good condition.
Wake County Teacher Receives National Award Following Nomination. North Carolina households receiving Food and Nutrition Services benefits will continue to receive the maximum amount corresponding to their household size during the month of February, the NCDHHS announced today. The North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) is deploying guard members at Alamance Regional Medical Center, part of the Cone Health System, in Burlington, N. Vaccine-preventable diseases, such as chickenpox, meningitis, measles, whooping cough, and others, are still seen in North Carolina.
People who are 65 or older, 18 or older with underlying medical conditions, or who work in a high-risk environment, such as health workers, teachers and child care providers, or food workers, are eligible in North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today added demographics for hospitalizations to the North Carolina COVID-19 Hospitalization Demographics Dashboard. The NCDHHS today updated the COVID-19 vaccination dashboard to better show how many people in North Carolina are up to date with current COVID-19 vaccination recommendations. As COVID-19 cases increased this summer due to the Delta variant, hospitalizations and deaths among residents in North Carolina long-term care facilities were significantly lower than during the winter surge, as NCDHHS data shows.
People who received their COVID-19 vaccine or a booster in North Carolina at a pharmacy or grocery store participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program can now access information about their COVID-19 vaccine on the COVID-19 Vaccine Portal. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is launching a pilot program to implement COVID-19 testing in K-12 public schools to quickly identify students and staff who may have the virus and help slow its spread. North Carolina is adopting a face covering requirement to help slow the spread of COVID-19, making it mandatory for people to wear a cloth covering over their nose and mouth when in indoor and outdoor public spaces, where it is impossible to stay 6 feet away from people who do not form part of their homes. Data continues to show that North Carolina has the lowest per capita rates of deaths from COVID-19 in the Southeast and is among the lowest in the nation.
Governor Roy Cooper announced that the state is providing COVID-19 testing to North Carolina colleges and universities to help reinforce schools' efforts in screening students ahead of Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays. Based on updated NCDHHS guidelines, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety has begun testing 31,200 prison system offenders for the virus. Since May, data for 10 wastewater treatment facilities in North Carolina is updated weekly on the wastewater dashboard. As North Carolina children return to school this month, NCDHHS reminds families that vaccines are an important part of successful back-to-school and overall health and well-being.
Residents who have questions about the North Carolina plan can call 2-1-1 or review the full Phase 1 FAQ document and Phase 1 comparison table. . .