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Join us in fighting the spread of COVID-19

On March 27, Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statewide stay-at-home order that began Monday at 5 p.m. and will last until April 29. This order directs people to stay home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of 10 people or more and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others. This stay-at-home order will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent our medical system from being overwhelmed by keeping individuals from being exposed to the virus, as well as keeping those who have the virus from spreading it to others.

It is a hard time for everyone, but we cannot stress enough the importance of social distancing and staying home to protect your family, loved ones, friends and community members. Though we know the caseload will continue to rise in our region, each and every person is the key to helping slow the spread by limiting contact with others, along with practicing good hygiene and sanitation (ex. washing hands and disinfecting areas). What you do does matter and can save lives.

Social distancing is of extreme importance. Use technology to stay in touch with family and friends. Schedule virtual coffee dates, host group chats and attend FaceTime sessions to stay connected. Use this time to spring clean, do chores around the house, get organized or simply spend time with loved ones in your household.

We know you may have questions and/or concerns. Visit our site, co.beaufort.nc.us/departments/human-services/public-health/2019-coronavirus-covid-19 to get the most updated information regarding COVID-19, executive orders like the Stay at Home Order and more. Additional questions or concerns can be sent to bchealth@bchd.net.

You are an important part of helping reduce transmission and preventing the spread of COVID-19. Join with us in fighting the spread by practicing the following prevention methods:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Stay home when you are sick;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol;
  • Practice social distancing (avoid handshakes, hugs and other close contact).

James Madson, RN, MPH, is the health director of Beaufort County Health Department.