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Current Updates
  1. Media Release COVID-19 - April 1, 2020

    Mass Gathering Restriction Reminder, Physical Distancing vs. Social Distancing, Help Reduce the Spread of COVID-19, COVID-19 testing information Read on...
  2. Media Release COVID-19 - March 31, 2020

    Rowan County Public Health Department Reports COVID-19 Numbers, Rowan County Offices at 402 North Main Street Salisbury Announce Operational Changes Read on...
  3. NCDHHS Press Release: Families to Receive Enhanced Benefits to Ensure Food Access

    To help families access food during the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is temporarily increasing benefits for March 2020 and April 2020 to current Food and Nutrition Services recipients in North Carolina. Read on...
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Executive Orders

Stay at Home Order

On Friday, March 27, 2020, Governor Cooper signed into action Executive Order 121 (PDF). The provisions of this order are effective Monday, March 30, 2020, at 5 p.m. and continue through April 29, 2020, unless otherwise extended. The order provides the following guidance:

  • Prohibition of mass gatherings is for more than 10 persons
  • Non-essential businesses are ordered to close
  • People should stay at their residence and limit social interactions and travel foressential activities or essential business purposes.
  • Individuals may leave their homes to care for a family member or friend, or to help their familymember or friend get essential goods or receive necessary health care. Individuals should notvisit with friends or family members if there is no urgent need.

View Executive Order 121 FAQs (PDF)

Additional Limitations on Mass Gatherings, Restrictions on Venues & Long Term Care Facilities, & Extension of School Closure Date

On March 23, 2020, Governor Cooper signed into action Executive Order 120 (PDF), which will take effect at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.  The order provides the following guidance:

  • Prohibition of mass gatherings is for more than 50 persons
  • Entertainment facilities (bingo parlors, ice skating rinks, gyms, theaters, etc.) are ordered to close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020
  • Personal care and grooming businesses (barber shops, salons, tattoo parlors, etc.) are also ordered to close
  • Appropriate local governmental agencies are directed to continue to serve and protect the public
  • Long term care facilities must restrict visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel except for certain compassionate care situations
  • Public school closures are extended until at least May 15, 2020

Restaurant & Bar Restrictions

In response to questions regarding Executive Order 118, a set of Frequently Asked Questions was issued on March 20th.


General Recommendations

North Carolina Division of Public Health recommends everyone continue taking precautions to protect themselves and others from the spread of respiratory illnesses, which includes COVID-19. 

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Limiting the exposure of your nose, mouth and eyes to unwashed hands can help to protect from the spread of all germs and illnesses.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill and stay home if you are ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

All North Carolinians can better prepare for COVID-19 by getting up-to-date information directly from reliable sources like North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Be thoughtful about what you read or hear about the virus and make sure you are separating rumor from fact before you act. For more information, please explore the resources on this page.