In this blog post, our team has put together some links to help residents of North Carolina stay informed regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Official State Website
On North Carolina’s official state website, residents can find credible information about the coronavirus, including a daily updated state case count. You can watch live media briefings, sign up for updates, and learn about resources available to help individuals and families during this difficult time. For example, you can:
- Find local sites offering free meals for children
- Learn about the enhanced benefits offered through Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps) during the pandemic
- Educate yourself about food safety and managing risks when grocery shopping and dining
Check out the North Carolina State Parks official website for information about the status of state parks during the pandemic and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for info related to boating, fishing, hunting, and other wildlife-related activities.
NC Department of Commerce
Have you lost your job? Find information about unemployment insurance benefits from the North Carolina Division of Employment Security, as well as guidance for independent contractors and self-employed workers applying for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
For up-to-date tips and guidance about preventing the spread of COVID-19, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A few of their recommendations include:
- Stay home as much as possible, especially if you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces in your home every day.
- Regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds each time with soap and water, or a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
- Wash your hands before touching your face.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Immediately dispose of it and wash your hands.
- Stay at least 6 feet from other people in public. Wear a non-surgical cloth face covering when social distancing is not possible. This helps protect others in case you are infected.
Respiratory droplets launched into the air when an infected person coughs, talks, or sneezes can land in another person’s nose or mouth, leading to the spread of COVID-19. Transmission can also occur by touching contaminated objects or sharing utensils and drinks with an infected person. Proper handwashing, cloth face coverings, and social distancing are important preventive measures to protect yourself and others.
A COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions resource page can also be found on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration website.