Covid-19 Updates: Week of July 17th

The following information was released by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, and the Carteret County Health Department, the week of July 17th, 2020.

There will be Covid-19 Drive-thru testing sites to all Carteret County residents on Monday, July 20th, Tuesday, July 21, Thursday, July 23, and Saturday, August 8th. Click here to find the details on specific dates and drives in English.

Habrá sitios de prueba de Covid-19 Drive-thru para todos los residentes del Condado de Carteret el Lunes 20 de Julio, Martes 21 de Julio, Jueves 23 de Julio y Sábado 8 de Agosto. Lee los detalles aqui.

Updates From This Week (July 12-July 18)

Tuesday, July 14

  • North Carolina will continue to stay paused in Safer at Home Phase 2 when the governor’s current executive order expires on Friday, July 17. The order will be extended for three weeks until Aug. 7.
  • North Carolina schools will open in the fall for both in-person and remote learning with key safety precautions to protect the health of students, teachers, staff and families. Read the summary. (Carteret County Schools have not yet released our local information related to schedules and precautions – when this information is released, it will be included here.)
  • NCDHHS announced community testing events in Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford, Johnston, Northampton, Sampson and Wake counties as part of the initiative to increase access to free COVID-19 testing for historically marginalized communities that currently have limited testing sites. There is no cost for testing. For an up-to-date list of events, visit the Community Testing Events page of the NCDHHS COVID-19 website. Events associated with this initiative are listed under the name of their coordinating vendor, Vidant Health or Orig3n, Inc. Read the press release. (See above for drive-thru testing sites for Carteret County residents.)

Monday, July 13

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been close to confirmed cases, live/work in a congregate living situation, are a front-line/essential worker, work in health care, have a higher risk of severe illness, are a member of a historically marginalized population, such as the African American and Hispanic-Latinx communities, you no longer need to wait for a provider referral to get tested. This also applies to people who have attended protests, rallies or other mass gatherings. Need a COVID-19 test, but haven’t found a site nearby? There are new community testing events added every day. Many are free or will bill your health insurance.

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