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Posted on: May 11, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Media Release COVID-19 - May 11, 2022

For Immediate Release


COVID-19 Information

Phone: 980-432-1800

Vaccine Information

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Rowan County COVID-19 Case Information:

Rowan Sees a Slight Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Over the past week, Rowan County has seen a small uptick in our number of positive COVID-19 cases. From April 29th-May 5th, Rowan County Public Health has had 149 new cases reported to us. Although this may seem like a very small number of cases compared to our previous numbers, it is still something that we all need to be concerned with. 

With that being said, each of us needs to do all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  We highly encourage every eligible person to get vaccinated and/or boosted for COVID-19 as soon as possible. In addition to this, please continue to practice good hand washing/sanitizing, as well as wearing a mask when in large groups, indoors, and/or in spaces without good ventilation.  

As a way to make sure that our number of cases do not spike again, Rowan County Public Health recently  launched a new COVID-19 health campaign called #RowanSTRONGER. Our goal is to ensure that we are prepared for any future variants, while working towards improving countywide community health. If we can transition our stance from treating a pandemic to managing an endemic, we can aim to improve vaccination rates, lower viral transmission, and increase awareness of COVID-19 safety. 

Below is an overview of our #RowanSTRONGER acronym and what it means for our citizens in Rowan County! 

S - Shots - Vaccinations are the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Call 980-432-1800 to schedule your vaccine appointment within the health department, or email 

T - Testing - We will continue testing and providing resources such as COVID information and at-home test kits. Click this  link to see where you can get tested within Rowan County.  

R - Readiness - We are now prepared for new COVID-19 variants, or spikes in positive cases, using CDC's new prevention tools. You can easily arrange to pick up COVID-19 at-home test kits and N95 masks before your family holidays, vacations, and the new school year. These items are available at no cost to you. Please call 980-432-1800 or email to schedule a pick-up. 

O - Outreach - We will work to improve outreach efforts throughout the entire county; including rural communities. RCPH has been working diligently to set up events throughout the county; providing N95 masks, hand sanitizer, at-home test kits and more. Call us at 980-432-1800 or email to have us at your next event! 

N - New Normal - COVID-19 is here to stay; we are making the transition from "pandemic" to "endemic". Group efforts to work together will ensure everyone is able to safely move forward. 

G - Goals - We want vaccine rates to increase among appropriate age groups. Our goal is to ensure that we provide the proper resources to our community. Please call us at 980-432-1800 to obtain N95 face masks, at-home test kits, or to schedule a vaccination appointment at your convenience. 

E - Education - We strive to inform our community with the most accurate information. Please call us at 980-432-1800 or email for any questions or concerns that you may have. 

R - Responsibility/Resilience - We are committed to improving baseline health of local residents by implementing existing programs such as "Healthy Rowan" and "Rowan Moves". Please call us at 980-432-1800 for more information on how to join our wellness community! 

Our #RowanSTRONGER Team will be out and about this month at the following upcoming events:

  • Community Connections Resource Fair at Rowan Helping Ministries on May 14, 2022 from 10 am to 2 pm
  • VA2K at the Veterans Administration Campus on May 18, 2022 from 11 am to 1 pm
  • Cheerwine Festival on May 21, 2022 from 9 am to 10 pm
  • Rufty-Holmes Senior Center Health and Fitness Fair on May 25, 2022 from 9 am to 12 pm

We would love for you to stop by, especially if you have any concerns about getting vaccinated, boosted, or if you have any other questions about COVID-19. Please also feel free to visit our website for more information on where to receive a COVID-19 vaccine/booster and/or where to get tested for COVID-19.


PIO Contact:
Amy Smith

Download Media Release COVID-19 - May 11, 2022 (PDF)

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