Nosotros estamos trabajando con investigadores experimentados de la Universidad de Carolina del Norte para que manejen la encuesta y la colección de información. Los datos de la encuesta serán coleccionados en los servidores de UNC para ofrecer el más alto nivel de seguridad y mantener la confidencialidad de todos los datos que usted proporciona. Los formularios de consentimiento son administrados con el programa Qualtrics y la encuesta comunitaria se administrará usando el programa Epi Info- dos sistemas para proteger aún más, la confidencialidad de los datos que usted proporciona de modo que la información obtenida en el formulario de consentimiento (nombre, información de contacto) no se almacene con sus respuestas de la Evaluación de la Comunidad.
La Evaluación de la Comunidad, más que cualquier otra cosa, es una oportunidad para escuchar y conectarse con la comunidad de Chatham. La información que recopilamos a través del proceso de evaluación guía nuestro trabajo, nos permite saber cómo lo estamos haciendo y nos ayuda a determinar dónde debemos enfocar nuestros esfuerzos colectivos. También es un proceso único. No existen muchos otros procesos para recopilar dicha información de manera exhaustiva, y muchas agencias y organizaciones confían en la Evaluación de la Comunidad para obtener información de la comunidad. Por medio de este proceso, nosotros, como la Alianza para la Salud de Chatham, establecemos prioridades centradas en la salud y luego desarrollamos estrategias colectivas para abordar estas prioridades.
Entonces, para resumir, la Evaluación de la Comunidad se trata de colaboración, diálogo y acción.
Los datos que recopilamos a través de este proceso, tanto a través de la comunicación directa con los residentes como de los recursos externos, guían el trabajo de la Alianza para la Salud de Chatham y sus organizaciones miembro. La Alianza revisará los datos en el otoño y determinará las prioridades para los próximos tres o cuatro años. Luego, la Alianza formará subcomités para trabajar en las prioridades y desarrollar planes de acción con estrategias concretas para generar cambios positivos en estos temas. Los datos de la Evaluación de la comunidad y las encuestas posteriores también se utilizarán para seguir el progreso de los esfuerzos existentes.
La encuesta de la comunidad es una forma de recopilar datos de la comunidad. A diferencia de muchos procesos de colección de información donde solo escuchamos a quienes están en un evento, hablamos en una reunión, o nos suscribimos a un chat como el Chatlist, la encuesta de la comunidad está diseñada para obtener una perspectiva reflexiva de la comunidad de Chatham en general. Hacemos esto al realizar un sorteo al azar de los residentes del condado y luego nos contactamos con estos hogares para completar la encuesta. Para garantizar que esta muestra de residentes realmente represente al Condado de Chatham, es importante que aquellos que son seleccionados tomen el tiempo para completarla. Sin esta participación, algunas áreas del condado pueden no ser escuchadas, lo que podría perjudicar el éxito de este proceso. Por lo tanto, estamos extremadamente agradecidos con los residentes seleccionados que se toman el tiempo para completar la encuesta.
Esto es similar a la encuesta de Evaluación de la Salud de la Comunidad del 2014, a excepción de dos características: una, nos comunicaremos por correo con los participantes seleccionados de antemano para que puedan completar la encuesta en línea o en papel antes de ir de puerta en puerta y; dos, les pedimos a los participantes que completen encuestas adicionales en el futuro. Esto nos permite ver cómo cambia la comunidad a lo largo del tiempo, hacer más preguntas exhaustivas de forma continua y tener una muestra que podamos actualizar y desarrollar para una futura Evaluación de la Comunidad. Como entendemos que completar las encuestas lleva tiempo, estamos ofreciendo incentivos financieros a los participantes que se inscriban en este proceso cada vez que completen una encuesta.
Aquellas personas que no están incluidas en la muestra de la encuesta tienen muchas formas de participar. La información sobre grupos de enfoque y conversaciones comunitarias se publicará en el sitio web www.chathamtalks.org. Nos encantaría que muchos miembros de la comunidad asistan a estos eventos y compartan sus puntos de vista. El sitio web también habrá publicado preguntas que cambiarán a lo largo del proceso, donde los residentes pueden proporcionar comentarios adicionales. Finalmente, la Alianza para la Salud de Chatham siempre acepta miembros nuevos. Para obtener más información, envíe un correo electrónico a email@example.com..
Para poder obtener una mejor representación del condado, elegimos hogares al azar para recibir la invitación a participar. Más de 400 hogares fueron seleccionados..
Su hogar fue seleccionado al azar para participar. Muchas de las preguntas en la encuesta se pueden responder contando a todos en el hogar. Para las preguntas de salud personales, le pedimos que solo proporcione respuestas para un miembro de su hogar que tenga 18 años de edad o más. Usted decide quién en su hogar proporcione esta información personal.
No, todas las respuestas se recopilarán antes de que se compartan, y los datos se almacenarán en un servidor seguro. Se puede encontrar más información sobre la seguridad de los datos y los procedimientos de la encuesta en el protocolo.
Sí, este es un nuevo proceso para las evaluaciones de la comunidad, y nos ayuda a entender cómo cambian las prioridades de los residentes a lo largo del tiempo y nos ayuda a responder de manera efectiva. Usted podría recibir hasta dos encuestas por año y seguirá siendo elegible para participar mientras siga viviendo en el condado. Nunca será requerido que Usted complete la encuesta. Se puede encontrar más información en el protocolo.
No, el completar la encuesta es algo voluntario, y Usted se puede rehusar en cualquier momento. Esperamos que aquellas personas quienes reciban la invitación para completar la encuesta tomen el tiempo para llenarla en línea, ya que esto nos asegura que tenemos una buena idea de los que está pasando a través de todo el condado. Sin embargo, no se le requiere a nadie completarla.
- We are working with experienced researchers from the University of North Carolina to administer the survey and relying on UNC to manage the data collection. The survey data is collected on UNC servers to maintain the highest security of the data to ensure confidentiality of all data you provide. The consent forms are administered in Qualtrics software and the Community Assessment is administered using Epi Info software – two systems are used to further protect the confidentiality of the data you provide, so that the information provided in the consent form (name, contact info) is not stored with your responses to the Community Assessment.
- Your household was randomly selected to participate. Many of the questions on the survey can be answered as a household. For the personal health questions we ask that you only provide responses for one member of your household who 18 years or older. Who in your household provides this personal information is up to you.
In order to have a representative view of the county, we selected households randomly to receive an invitation to participate. Over 400 households were selected.
Yes, this is a new process for community assessments, and helps us to understand how county residents’ priorities change over time to help us respond effectively. You may receive up to two surveys per year, and remain eligible to participate as long as you reside in the county. You are never required to complete a survey. More information can be found in the protocol.
No, all responses will be aggregated before they are shared, and data will be stored on a secured server. More information about data security and survey procedures can be found in the protocol.
No, the survey is voluntary, and you may withdraw at any time. We hope that those who receive the survey invitation take the time to go online and fill it out, as this helps to ensure we have a good view of what is going on across the entire county. However, no one is required to take it.
The data we gather through this process, both through direct communication with residents as well as outside resources, guides the work of the Chatham Health Alliance and its member organizations. The Alliance will review the data in the fall and determine priorities for the next three to four years. The Alliance will then form subcommittees to work on the priorities and develop action plans with concrete strategies to create positive change on these issues. The data from the Community Assessment and subsequent surveys will also be used to track progress on existing efforts.
Those who are not drawn in the survey sample have many ways to participate. Information about focus groups and community conversations will be posted on the website www.chathamtalks.org. We would love to have many community members attend these events and share their perspectives. The website will also have posted questions that will change throughout the process where residents can provide additional feedback. Finally, the Chatham Health Alliance is always accepting new members. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The community survey is one way we gather data from the community. Unlike many processes of collecting information where we hear from only those who are at an event, speak at a meeting, or subscribe to something like the Chatlist, the community survey is designed to get a reflective view of the Chatham community as a whole. We do this by drawing a random sample of county residents and then reach out to these households to complete the survey. To ensure this sample of residents truly represents Chatham County, it is important that those who are selected take the time to complete it. Without this participation, some areas of the county may not be heard, which could jeopardize the success of this process. Therefore, we are extremely grateful to those selected residents who take the time to complete the survey.
This is similar to the 2014 Community Health Assessment survey, except for two features: one, we will be reaching out by mail to selected participants in advance so that they can complete the survey online or by paper before we go door-to-door and; two, we are asking participants to complete additional surveys in the future. This allows us to see how the community changes over time, ask more in-depth questions on an ongoing basis, and have a sample that we can update and grow for future Community Assessment. Understanding that completing surveys takes time, we are offering financial incentives to participants who enroll in this process each time they complete a survey.
The Community Assessment, more than anything else, is an opportunity to hear from and connect with the Chatham community. The information we gather through the assessment process guides our work, lets us know how we are doing, and helps us figure out where we should focus our collective efforts. It is also a unique process. There aren’t many other processes in place to gather such comprehensive information, and many agencies and organizations rely on the Community Assessment for community input. Out of this process, we as the Chatham Health Alliance establish health-focused priorities and then develop collective strategies to address these priorities.
So, to sum this up, the Community Assessment is about collaboration, dialogue, and action.
CANNOT BE RECYCLED in the Mixed Recycling container. They will get tangled in the machines that will be sorting the recyclables.
Plastic hangers can be placed in the Swap shop or disposed of along with household trash. Metal hangers can be placed in the Scrap Metal container.
If you have a current decal, you can take these to any of the 12 Collection Centers.
If you DO NOT have a current decal, or it is from a business, you will need to go to a transfer station.
To assist businesses as they plan to reopen and operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chatham County has created Reopening Your Business: A Guide for Safely Opening and Operating Your Business. It includes recommendations specific to business type, from nail salons and restaurants to dentist offices and childcare facilities. Several Chatham County agencies developed the guide based on guidance from the CDC and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The collaboration includes the Public Health Department, Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau, in partnership with Orange County organizations. It will be continually updated to reflect the latest guidance.
- The Alliance has its roots in the 2014 Community Health Assessment (CHA) process. The CHA’s steering committee spent over a year gathering and reviewing data to identify the three health priorities for Chatham County. Once that process wrapped up, it was clear that the work was only beginning; to address these issues, the group needed to continue working together. Thus, the Alliance officially launched in March 2015 to bring together both traditional and nontraditional partners to work on issues affecting health in Chatham County, with a focus on the health priorities.
- The Alliance held its first meeting March 3rd, 2015, in the old Ag Auditorium in Pittsboro. Since then, it has met every other month. The subcommittees, which focus on each health priority, first began meeting in July 2015.
On May 20, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper released Executive Order 141, which transitions the state to "Safer at Home" Phase 2 effective May 22 at 5pm. Frequently asked questions about Phase 2 are here, and a side-by side comparison of the different phases is here. The Chatham County Reopening Your Business: A Guide for Safely Opening and Operating Your Business is also a great resource.
It is important to note that this will be a gradual process using key metrics to inform next steps. We continue to see cases of COVID-19 across Chatham and strongly encourage everyone to remain vigilant. Stay at home and away from others to the degree possible and if you do go out, keep distance from others and wear a face covering.
- The Alliance meets the first Tuesday of every other month and alternates between Pittsboro (the old Ag Auditorium) and Siler City (Western Chatham Senior Center). View the calendar for details on each meeting.
Some Chatham County services and events are being affected by the new coronavirus. While Chatham County remains focused on its core mission to serve the public, we must also prioritize the health and safety of our employees and residents. County officials are in constant collaboration and communication to evaluate the situation while adhering to the guidance from Governor Roy Cooper’s Office and NC DHHS to slow the spread of the coronavirus and its impact to our community. Individuals can visit the Service Impacts page for information regarding impacts to County programs, services and events.
Another statewide resource is NC 211. NC 211 can refer you to the organizations in your local community best equipped to address your specific health and human services needs including food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, employment, substance abuse treatment, as well as specific resources for older adults and for persons with disabilities, and much more. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, simply dial 211 or toll free 1-888-892-1162 for assistance. You can also text COVIDNC to 898211 to sign up for updates.
The Alliance members represent a diverse group of organizations, agencies, businesses, and communities. From traditional health providers like Chatham Hospital, the Public Health Department, and Piedmont Health Services, to nonprofits, planning departments, faith-based communities, university partners, schools, retirement communities and assisted living facilities, the YMCA, pharmacies, and many more. To see a full list of members visit Our Partners. the Alliance’s strength and potential come from its knowledgeable and passionate membership. And each month, the Alliance welcomes new members (including you!).
There is also a North Carolina Coronavirus Helpline: If you have questions about the new coronavirus that are not answered here, call 866-462-3821 or email email@example.com.
The Alliance has been fortunate since its start to receive funding and technical support from The Duke Endowment’s Healthy People Healthy Carolinas Initiative, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC, and Aetna/American Public Health Association/National Association of Counties. To learn more about visit Grants, Awards, and Recognition. In addition to this generous support, the Chatham County Public Health Department provides staff support and Chatham Hospital serves as the Alliance’s fiscal agent.
- We always welcome new members who are committed to improving health outcomes in Chatham County. If you would like to join this work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-545-8443. There is no fee to join.
The subcommittees are the drivers of initiatives targeting the health priorities. Each subcommittee has an action plan with evidence-based strategies aimed at creating measurable change. You can learn more about each subcommittee’s work and see these action plans on their respective pages:
- While much of the Alliance’s work focuses specifically on the health priorities, there are a few reasons why such a broad group of stakeholders remains engaged in our work. First, the health priorities represent big issues that encompass many areas. For example, the priority Access to Mental Health Services covers access to care, substance abuse prevention, and school-based initiatives, among others. Many stakeholders of different backgrounds and interests have joined the subcommittee to work on the different issues they are passionate about. Next, the Alliance provides a tremendous opportunity to meet and connect with those working to better the Chatham community. To learn about our current projects visit Our Current Project.
These are the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of getting the new coronavirus or infecting others:
- Stay at home, except for essential errands (or if you work for an essential position that requires you to leave your house) or to get exercise
- Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others if you do leave your house
- Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Stay home and away from others if you are sick
Additional things you should do:
- Clean and disinfect surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow and throw the tissue in the trash
- Wear a face cover if you go somewhere were it is difficult to maintain distance from others (like a grocery store or pharmacy)
- Don’t send children who are sick childcare.
Recommendations about wearing a face covering in public have changed as more is known about the new coronavirus. The CDC has always recommended that those who are sick remain at home, but if they are in contact with others (like others in the home or healthcare setting), a face covering or mask can help prevent them from infecting others.
Because we now know that many people who have the new coronavirus do not have symptoms (“asymptomatic”) but can transmit the virus to others, the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, like grocery stores and pharmacies. However, wearing a cloth face covering does not mean a person who does not have the new coronavirus will be protected, and these measures remain critical: Stay at home, maintain at least 6 feet of distance if you do go out (but avoid crowded places), wash your hands, and avoid touching your face.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.
Many are wondering how to get essentials, like food, while staying safe from the new coronavirus. The Chatham County Public Health Department has shared guidance and resources with grocery stores to minimize risk for both employees and customers.
Consider these strategies to reduce risk of exposure.
- If possible have groceries delivered or use curbside services. A list of grocery stores that deliver can be found here (Note: This list may not include all options. Please call the store for details). Having groceries and other items delivered instead of going to the store will help you avoid contact with others. Pay in advance and have groceries dropped off on your porch instead of interacting directly with the person delivering.
- Buy enough groceries to last you at week or two to avoid having to make frequent trips.
- Do not go out in public if you are feeling sick. Cover your cough with your elbow.
- Wash you hands!
- If you are at higher risk of serious illness from the new coronavirus, check with stores for special hours where only those age 60 and older can shop.
- Disinfect shopping carts and baskets.
- If possible, set aside boxes (24 hours) or bags (3 days) that are delivered before opening. Wash your hands after handling.
- Clean and sanitize bags and packaging. There is currently no evidence that the new coronavirus survives on food, but washing produce is always recommended.
Because there is known community spread, there is a risk of being exposed to the virus if you come into close contact with others, even if they have not tested positive. Therefore, it is important for everyone, and especially those at higher risk of serious illness, to stay home and maintain social distance.
Those at highest risk of contracting the virus include those who have had close contact with someone who is confirmed positive for the new coronavirus and those who have recently traveled to an area where there are many cases of the new coronavirus. You can find specific travel information on the CDC’s website.
- The mass gathering limit and other requirements of this Executive Order do not apply to worship, religious, and spiritual gatherings, funeral ceremonies, wedding ceremonies, and other activities constituting the exercise of First Amendment rights. Individuals are encouraged to follow the Three Ws to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19: Wear a face covering. Wait six feet apart. Wash your hands. Even though there is no mass gathering cap on the people who may attend a wedding or funeral ceremony, receptions or visitations before or after weddings and funerals are subject to the mass gathering limit. Individuals are encouraged to follow the Three Ws to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19.
For FAQs about Phase 2, visit https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/Phase-2-FAQ.pdf.
I heard there was a case or multiple cases of COVID-19 in a business, facility, or neighborhood. Where can I go to learn more?
We certainly understand the interest in learning more about COVID-19 cases in Chatham County. However, in order to protect the privacy of those who test positive for COVID-19, the Chatham County Public Health Department is unable to report details about any cases that may lead to them being identified, such as employer, facility, or geography. Health information obtained by a local health department is protected by HIPAA and is reported in accordance with communicable disease laws. If a business chooses to share information publicly, then we may follow up regarding our response.
Our ability to slow the spread of the virus, protect our critical workers and those at greatest risk of serious illness, and respond to outbreaks depends on everyone taking this seriously and following public health guidance. We all have to act as though we ourselves and those we come into contact with might have COVID-19, because it is in the Chatham community beyond the confirmed cases and asymptomatic spread is known to commonly occur. The way to protect yourself is to: Stay at home except for essential trips, avoid gathering with others who don’t live with you (including family members), maintain distance from others if you must go out, wear a face covering and wash your hands regularly.
Who is at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus and what should they do to protect themselves?
Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease and those with weakened immune systems seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness if they become infected with the virus. Learn more about who may be at higher risk for severe illness.
Like everyone, those at higher risk of severe illness should:There are recommendations from the NC DHHS specific to those who fall into one or more of these categories. As of March 11, these include:
- Stay home to the extent possible
- Maintain distance (at least 6 feet) if you do go out
- Avoid crowded places, like grocery stores, if possible. Use delivery or pick-up options if available.
- Avoiding cruise travel
- Avoiding non-essential air travel
What does it mean for a person to be isolated or quarantined? How is that different from stay at home?
When an individual is isolated, he or she has symptoms for the disease and does not have contact with the public to help prevent its spread. The individual is also monitored by the local health department daily to check for any changes in temperature or overall health.
When an individual is quarantined, he or she has had potential or known exposure to someone else who has tested positive for the disease. The individual is separated from the public, and his or her movements are restricted. The level of monitoring from the local health department is based on the risk of exposure and the person’s potential to contract the virus.
Stay at home and shelter in place are broader terms that apply to everyone, not just those who are infected or have a known exposure. These strategies become important when there is known community spread, meaning we don’t know how someone contracted COVID-19. They didn’t have contact with someone who has tested positive or traveled to highly impacted area. This also means we cannot eliminate risk by measures like isolation, quarantine, and contact tracing.
When an individual is quarantined, he or she has had potential or known exposure to someone else who has tested positive for the disease. The individual is separated from the public, and his or her movements are restricted. The level of monitoring from the local health department is based on the risk of exposure and the person’s potential to contract the virus.
The number of tests conducted in North Carolina can be found here: www.ncdhhs.gov/covid-19-case-count-nc. This webpage also includes the number of cases in Chatham and NC, and is updated daily. Because there are multiple labs conducting tests, numbers change frequently, and staff are working around the clock to respond to the virus, we are unable to provide testing numbers at the county level.
Testing guidance has changed as the situation evolves. As of March 25, the Chatham County Public Health Department is focusing its testing on essential workers like healthcare staff, first responders, and public health staff. This is a necessary step to ensure critical services continue. Other healthcare providers like Piedmont Health Services and UNC Health, following guidance from the NC Department of Health and Human Services, are focusing testing on those at higher risk of serious illness (age 65+ or those with certain health issues).
More information can be found on the document below.
If you are experiencing mild symptoms (fever, cough without shortness of breath or difficulty breathing), please stay home. Call your doctor to see if you need medical care. Most people will not need to be tested, and leaving your home to get tested may put you and others at risk. Avoid close contact with others.
If you are at higher risk of getting very sick (65 year and older, live in a nursing home, have a high-risk condition listed in the image below), call your doctor if you have a fever or cough.
If you experience shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pain, blue lips, or confusion, call your doctor or 911.
Will Chatham County alert the public if someone within the Chatham County community tests positive for coronavirus?
After March 25th, visit the COVID-19 Case Count in North Carolina for the number of confirmed cases in Chatham and across North Carolina, as news releases will not be available for each new confirmed case.
According to Chatham County Public Health Director Layton Long, “As the degree of community transmission increases and the number of cases grows, our capacity to follow up with individual cases and everyone who might be a close contact to a case becomes more and more limited. In addition, critical supplies like masks and other protective equipment for healthcare and public health staff, as well as first responders, must be prioritized to treat and protect those at highest risk of serious illness. This cannot be stressed enough; all Chatham County residents must practice social distancing, limiting in-person contact with others and washing their hands often. We all have the power to reduce the spread of this virus, but we must act now.”
There is now community transmission of the new coronavirus in North Carolina, meaning that not all confirmed cases have a known source like travel or contact with someone who has tested positive. This also means that we anticipate cases of the new coronavirus exist in the community that have not been confirmed. Therefore, the best way to protect yourself, and those close to you, from becoming infected is to stay at home and apart from other people. This is commonly called social distancing.
Currently there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself from respiratory diseases like COVID-19 is to take common-sense precautions. These include staying at home and away from others, frequent hand washing, avoiding touching your face, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and practicing social distancing by staying six feet away from others as much as possible. There is work underway to develop a vaccine.
To the extent possible depending on the number of confirmed cases and capacity, the Chatham County Public Health Department interviews individuals in Chatham County who have tested positive for COVID-19. Using that information, staff determine if any individuals meet the CDC definition of a close contact and follow up with them accordingly. However, because there are presumed to be cases in the community that are not confirmed, it is critically important that everyone is staying at home to the extent possible (and especially if they feel sick), maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
Chatham County will not share information that could impact the privacy of the those who have tested positive.
Governor Roy Cooper took the next step in the state’s COVID-19 preparedness plan on March 10 and issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency. The declaration activates the Emergency Operations Center to help agencies coordinate from one location and makes it easier to purchase needed medical supplies, protect consumers from price gouging, and increase county health departments’ access to state funds. Key provisions in the order are similar to those enacted in a natural disaster. The order will help with the cost burdens and supplies that may be difficult for providers and public health to access due to increased demand. It also increases the state public health department’s role in supporting local health departments, which have been tasked with monitoring quarantines, tracing exposure and administering testing.
Guidance for employers can be found at the following websites.
NC Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina/businesses-employers
Each workplace is different, and the guidance above gives a lot of information for different settings. General things to consider are:
Most importantly, employers should urge any employees who are sick to stay home, which is always best practice. Employers should also be encouraging employees to practice good hygiene, like washing hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching their faces, and covering their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow. The CDC has graphics that can be printed and displayed in the workplace: you can find them here. The public health department also has printed versions of these flyers that can be picked up at the public health department's Pittsboro office (80 East St). Additionally, employers may consider the following:
- Using teleworking technologies (allowing employees to work remotely) to the extent possible, including for meetings
- Maximizing flexibility in sick leave benefits
- Staggering start and end times to reduce large numbers of people coming together at the same time
- Moving those at high risk (age 65 and older, those with underlying health conditions) to tasks that require less contact with others
- Making sure staff at the workplace remain 6 feet apart, part of social distancing
- Discouraging workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible
- Canceling non-essential travel
- Maintaining regular housekeeping practices, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment. More info on cleaning can be found here.
- Develop Policies and Procedures for Prompt Identification and Isolation of Sick People
Mass gathering limits in Phase 2 will be no more than 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors in most circumstances. These limits apply to the following: event venues; conference centers; stadiums and sports arenas; amphitheaters; and groups at parks or beaches.
Refer to "What should I do for events with less than 10 attendees?" for additional guidance.
My family and I are in need of assistance with meals. Where can we go for free or reduced cost meals in Chatham County?
Apply online for Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps) using https://epass.nc.gov
WIC (Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program): Benefits are extended to recipients without required face-to-face visits.
Chatham County Schools
FREE breakfast and lunch for any child under 18. The child does not have to be present to get the meal. Any adult can pick it up. They are running curbside pickup from 9:30-1:30 at most schools. Adults may purchase breakfast ($2) and lunch ($4). Grab-n-go: Hearts open while schools closed.
Families who need help finding meals for their children ages 18 and younger can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877.
After entering their address, families will receive a text with the location and serving times for nearby pick-up and drive-thru meal sites while schools are closed. Sites have been set up across the state with school and community partners.
CORA Food Pantry
30 Camp Dr.
Pittsboro, NC 27312
CORA is open and serving clients curbside with pre-packed food 5 days/week from 10 AM-1 PM (please note reduced hours). Clients must show their CORA cards. Client food is being limited to 1/2 of what is typically provided in order to better serve everyone in need and met the increased demand.
Client intake will take place outdoors and bags will be distributed outdoors.
Visit https://www.corafoodpantry.org/news-and-events/ for updates.
West Chatham Food Pantry
Currently operating normal hours on a day-by-day basis. Mondays 4:30-6 PMand Wednesdays and Fridays 12:30- 2 PM. Curbside service only. Call 919-742-3111 to check operation, leave a message if needed and your call will be returned.
Additional community resources can be found at www.chathamnc.org/coronavirushelp.
It is not recommended to have meetings or gatherings, and any gatherings with more than 10 people are prohibited through April 29th according the the Governor's Stay-At-Home Order.
For any meetings with fewer than 10 attendees that must go forward, NC DHHS recommends that event organizers:
- Urge anyone who is sick to not attend.
- Encourage those who are at high risk to not attend.
- Adopt lenient refund policies for people who are high risk.
- Find ways to give people more physical space (at least 6 feet) to limit close contact as much as possible.
- Encourage attendees to wash hands frequently.
- Clean surfaces with standard cleaners.
Like many of these recommendations, guidance is changing frequently. Check back here or at ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus for the latest recommendations.
I am following the stay at home order and practicing social distancing, but I find myself getting sad spending so much time by myself. Is there anyone I can talk to?
A toll-free Hope Line has been established for older adults experiencing isolation from social distancing. If you would like to talk to someone, please call 1-866-578-HOPE (1-866-578-4673).
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare has a toll-free access line available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can call 1-800-939-5911 for resources and services for mental health, substance use, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Employers should instruct both employees and visitors not to come to the office if they are ill. This is a critical step to reducing risk of exposure in the workplace. If someone becomes ill at the office, here are some tips:
- CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately.
- If an employee has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever and/or symptoms of respiratory illness such as a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing) or has tested positive for COVID-19, they should follow the isolation guidance from NC DHHS to stay home and away from work until:
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND
- At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)
- Employers should not require a negative test for COVID-19 from employees who have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive, since testing is being prioritized to individuals at higher risk of severe disease, hospitalized patients, and critical workers (healthcare and first responders). Instead, they should follow the guidance above.
- If an employee has known close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (such as a family member or roommate), they should remain in quarantine and away from work for at least 14 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive (or 14 days since that person ended isolation per the guidelines mentioned above). If the employee develops symptoms while in quarantine, they should follow the isolation guidance above before returning to work.
- Cleaning: At a school, daycare center, office, or other facility that does not house people overnight: It is recommended to close off areas used by the ill persons and wait as long as practical before beginning cleaning and disinfection to minimize potential for exposure to respiratory droplets. Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area. If possible, wait up to 24 hours before beginning cleaning and disinfection. Cleaning staff should clean and disinfect all areas (e.g., offices, bathrooms, and common areas) used by the ill persons, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces. More guidance on cleaning can be found here.
- Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
We recommend limiting all non-essential travel, especially if you will come into close contact with others either while traveling or at your intended destination.
There are currently no specific advisories or restrictions for travel within the United States, however Gov. Roy Cooper has signed Executive Order 121, effective 5 p.m. March 30, 2020, ordering North Carolinians remain in their homes except for performing essential work and essential activities. (View frequently asked questions.)
Cases of COVID-19 have been reported in all 50 states, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. Crowded travel settings, such as airports, might increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19 if there are other travelers with COVID-19.
The CDC and NCDHHS recommend that adults over age 65, people with serious underlying health conditions (such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes) and people with weakened immune systems avoid travel at this time if possible and stay home to the extent possible to decrease the chance of infection.
Travel recommendations are frequently changing. Visit the CDC's website and the U.S. Department of State website for the latest travel recommendations and visit our travel guidance for more information.
If you must travel, please follow these common-sense recommendations:
- Do not travel if you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
- If you feel well, it is not necessary to wear a facemask. Facemasks are most effective when used by people who are already ill to prevent them from spreading viruses and other germs.
Visit travel guidance for more information.
On March 19th, the U.S. Small Business Administration granted Governor Roy Cooper’s request for a disaster declaration for small businesses that are suffering economic losses due to the new Coronavirus, COVID-19. Read more here.
The Golden LEAF Foundation announces $15 million in funding to launch a rapid recovery loan program in response to economic losses related to Coronavirus. Golden LEAF funding will support the NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program by enabling loans to be made to eligible businesses for up to $50,000 with zero interest and no payments for six months. The NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program for Small Businesses is managed by the NC Rural Center, a statewide nonprofit that has been supporting small business owners for more than 30 years. Learn more about the program at their website or to speak with someone about this program call Business Link North Carolina at 1-800-228-8443.
Businesses are encouraged to call Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) at 1-800-228-8443. BLNC staff are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Se Habla Español. Call volume in BLNC is expected to be high, and callers may need to leave a message and await a returned call. Please be patient. BLNC counselors will gather basic information from callers and refer the case to the most appropriate resource – small business experts with the either the Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) or the state’s Small Business Center Network (SBCN) -- for assistance. Visit their website for more information.
Chatham County staff are following CDC guidance and wearing personal protective equipment when they respond to cases where flu-like symptoms are reported. This helps protect themselves and the public from further exposure.
Regarding religious services, the Department of Public Safety said regarding this order: “If a church gathering [or a funeral, whether at a church or elsewhere] has a coordinated event or convening of more than 100 persons that would be prohibited under 1a of the executive order.
If a church has more than 100 employees and they come to work, the employees coming to work would fall within the exemption of paragraph b. However, if a church gathering [or a funeral, whether at a church or elsewhere] has a coordinated event or convening for more than 100 persons that would be prohibited under 1a even if the church has more than 100 employees who come to work.
NC DHHS recommends that all facilities that serve as residential establishments for high risk persons described above should limit visitors and restrict all visitors who have respiratory illness or potential exposure to COVID-19. These establishments include: nursing homes, independent and assisted living facilities, correctional facilities, and facilities that care for medically vulnerable children. Additional guidance can be found here.
The Chatham County Public Health Department and Emergency Management continue to work closely with congregate living facilities, including hosting weekly virtual meetings with administrators of these facilities. If you are not currently participating in these meetings but would like to join, please call 919-542-8220 and press 2 when prompted.
There is no specific treatment for COVID-19. Most people with illnesses caused by coronaviruses like COVID-19 will recover on their own. However, there are some things you can do to relieve your symptoms, including:
- Taking pain and fever medications (caution: do not give aspirin to children).
- Using a humidifier or taking a hot shower to ease a sore throat and cough.
- Drinking plenty of liquids and stay home and rest.
Follow instructions from your local health department and health care provider for appropriate care.Medications and treatments for COVID-19 are being investigated, including through clinical trials in North Carolina and across the nation. A clinical trial is a type of research study used to test if a drug or medical device is both safe and effective for human use. Registered trials for drugs being studied for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 can be found at ClinicalTrials.gov.To find clinical trials happening specifically in NC, you may specify your search through ClinicalTrials.gov by location. Additionally, many academic medical centers update clinical trials occurring at their institutions on their respective websites.
Can a staff member of a long-term care facility work in that facility if they test positive but don't have symptoms?Long-term care facilities are following CDC guidance that may allow staff who test positive but are not symptomatic or have recovered to work in the facility, assuming they wear proper protective equipment at all times, only work with residents who have tested positive, are excluded if they become symptomatic, and do not leave home other than to work. This would also depend on staffing capacity.
If you feel sick and believe you may have the new coronavirus, call your doctor or medical provider to assess your risk.
For people with mild symptoms who don’t need medical care, getting a test will not change what you or your doctor do. Testing is most important for people who are seriously ill, in the hospital, people in high-risk settings like nursing homes or long-term care facilities, and healthcare workers and other first responders who are caring for those with COVID-19.
Only those who meet the following criteria should ask their doctor or local health department about being tested for COVID-19:
- Have fever or lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within the past 14 days; OR
- Have fever and lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and a negative rapid flu test
Leaving your home if you are mildly symptomatic can expose others to the virus, and supplies like masks are limited and must be preserved to protect healthcare workers and first responders who are treating and working with those who are seriously ill.
- For employers that are covered under the Federal and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the US Department of Labor has put out an FAQ page regarding COVID-19. Click here.
The number of confirmed positive cases* of the new coronavirus in Chatham and across NC can be found here: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/covid19/covid-19-nc-case-count. This webpage is updated once a day.
This website also includes information about the cases and how many tests have been conducted to date.
*Please note that this only includes the number of confirmed cases. The actual number of cases is higher and residents are urged to stay home and practice social distancing to reduce the risk of infection.
- Contact your business owner/manager to determine what their worker protection plan is for COVID-19. Educate your employer about Executive Order 131, which impacts local businesses. If the business owner is not aware of Executive Order 131 or has additional questions, have them contact the public health department at 919-542-8220.
We understand there are many questions about the new coronavirus and guidance is changing regularly. Check our website, chathamnc.org/coronavirus, for updates.
The NC Department of Health and Human Services has an FAQs page here.
The CDC has information at coronavirus.gov.
You can also contact the NC Coronavirus Helpline at 1-866-462-3821 or email email@example.com
We CANNOT accept tanks at the Collection Centers. This includes Coleman, propane, helium, refrigerant, etc.
For a complete list of items accepted visit HHW. Do not bring empty containers to HHW events; throw them away with your regular trash.
If it is from a business it will NOT be accepted at HHW events. Contact a private company for disposal options.