Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The NC Department of Health Human Services updates their COVID-19 Dashboard daily at 12 p.m.

  • NCDHHS report on Congregate Living Facilities with cases for each facility reporting an outbreak (updated twice weekly).
  • NCDHHS weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Summary (updated on Thursdays).
  • Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Status Report for Orange County, North Carolina.
  • UNC-Chapel Hill COVID-19 Monitoring Dashboard Disclaimer: the UNC Dasboard is updated weekly on Mondays. Their data is based on numbers from UNC campus health. Positive cases include positive results from Campus Health and clinical testing, proactive community testing and self-reports. The Orange County dashboard is based on the state’s communicable disease tracking system, NC COVID. In NC COVID, if a UNC student tests positive for COVID-19 and has used their county of residence (not Orange County) as their address, the positive result is sent to their county of residence first. It will be sent back to Orange County but it may take some time, maybe up to a week.

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Learn more about the COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

PRESS RELEASE ― Gov. Cooper Announces Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions as North Carolina Trends Stabilize. Changes to take place Friday, Feb. 26 at 5pm: English

PRESS RELEASE ― PreK-12 School Personnel and Child Care Workers Become Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine on Feb. 24: English, (Spanish, Chinese coming soon)

Vaccine Providers:

Vaccine ProviderWeb SitePhone Number
Orange County Health
UNC Health
Piedmont Health Services
Hillsborough Pharmacy
Duke Health
If you are a Duke MyChart user, you can check regularly to view appointment availability.
Cone Health
Durham Veterans Affairs (VA)
Chapel Hill Pediatrics and Adolescents
Call individual stores.

Walgreens Locations offering COVID-19 Vaccines:

1670 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Chapel Hill
1500 E. Franlin St.Chapel Hill
801 Mebane Oaks Rd.Mebane
1106 Environ WayChapel Hill
200 US Highway 70 EHillsborough
602-G Jones Ferry RoadCarrboro

*NCDHHS maintains a list of all the vaccination sites in North Carolina:


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Learn more about COVID-19 testing.

COVID-19 Safe Business Contest

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Do you have a favorite business in Orange County that makes you feel Safe and Secure with regards to COVID-19We would like to recognize local businesses that have been vigilant in ensuring that their staff and customers feel safe, secure and well-served during the COVID-19 pandemic, Please vote for your favorite businesses by February 28, 2021. Each winner will receive a trophy and $1000 in advertising support in the form of advertising on Chapel Hill Transit buses. 

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Gov. Roy Cooper issued an Executive Order on Wednesday, June 24, that mandates face coverings for any person age 5 or older. This order supplants the previous Orange County declaration regarding face-coverings.

If you feel a business is failing to adhere to the policy, please fill out this form so that an Environmental Health Specialist can work with the business to comply with the requirement:

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MEDIA BANNERPlease direct any media inquiries or public information requests related to Orange County’s COVID-19 response to Todd McGee, Orange County Community Relations/EOC Public Affairs, at (984) 220-5412.



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Learn more about testing for COVID-19.
Learn more about the vaccine for COVID-19.
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N.C. requires face coverings for all people older than 5 years old to slow the spread of COVID.
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Lo que debe saber sobre el Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Stay at Home
Everything you need to know about the "Safer at Home" guidance.

All resources about COVID-19 in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, ASL, Burmese, Karen, Kinyarwanda, and Swahili

A list of information and resources about food, health, education, housing, and more

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Social distancing, also called physical distancing, is a vital way to stay healthy during a pandemic
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We provide answers to commonly asked questions about coronavirus
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Orange County Health Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, or sex.

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Learn about the symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if you are sick.
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In this section, we look at rumors and myths about COVID-19 and supply answers based on science and medicine.
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Want to volunteer or support local organizations and groups that are responding to COVID-19?  Here’s how.
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NCDHHS and OCHD have worked closely with long-term care facilities.  Learn more
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Places of Worship
Guidance for Places of Worship and Religious Services

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Learn more about how make special occasions and gatherings safer.

Pets are family!  Learn more about how COVID-19 affects our furry friends


The Orange County Health Department and the Orange County Emergency Operations Center are planning for the distribution and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Health Department will receive direct allocations of vaccine to be adminstered in the community.

Part of this local planning effort includes compiling a list of persons and organizations interested and willing to assist in mass vaccinations. Please complete this form to be added to the roster of staff at a mass vaccination site (Point of Dispensing). Please note some of the positions available require a certified or licensed healthcare professional and you will need to provide a copy of your active certification or license. Additional communications and training will be provided after registering. You will be contacted soon after you submit your information.

Please direct any questions you may have about this survey to the Emergency Operations Center Planning Section at or visit:


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Public Health Chat
English - October 2020: K-12 Schools and Halloween Guidance
English - November 2020: K-12 Schools and Guidance for Thanksgiving
English - December 2020: Vaccination Plan and How to Celebrate the Holidays Safely
English - January 2021: Battle Winter Depression and a COVID-19 Vaccine Update
English - February 2021: Vaccine Planning and Orange County Business Contest
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Español - Mitos y Realidades / Myths and Facts
Español - Mente Sana / Mental Health
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Please visit our videos page on helpful videos about COVID-19 on a variety of topics, including cloth face coverings, social distancing, and how to protect yourself from COVID-19.

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Orange County Government cares about diversity, equity and inclusion. As a community, we need to be mindful of xenophobia (dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries).

As this novel coronavirus spreads, so does xenophobia. We want to avoid any speech or action that would make minorities in our community feel exposed and vulnerable. Pathogens and viruses do not discriminate, however humans do. 

The Orange County Health Department will not contribute to racial profiling and marginalization, portraying the carrier of this illness as “foreign and alien.” We will stick to the science and treat all community members with respect.



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For the latest on COVID-19 and its impacts in Orange County, follow the Health Department on social media at the links below.

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COVID-19 Updates

  • Newsletter: Sign up for the COVID-19 newsletter from the Orange County Health Department. 
  • Missed past newsletters?Go here:

  • Text updates: To receive daily text updates Monday through Friday, text ocnchealth to 888-777.
  • Actualizaciones de texto: para recibir actualizacions diarias de lunes a viernes en Espanol mande mensaje ’OCNCSALUD’ a 888777
  • Hotline: Questions about COVID-19? Call (919) 245-6111 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Spanish language and other languages available.
  • Email: Email your questions to


For general questions about Coronavirus, contact NCDHHS at:

If you are an individual or a medical practice with questions, call the Orange County Health Department at 919-245-6111 during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). After hours, call 911 and ask for the Communicable Disease Staff member on-call.

Contact Kristin Prelipp, the Orange County Health Department’s Public Information Officer at or 919-245-2462

Please direct any media inquiries or public information requests related to Orange County’s COVID-19 response to Todd McGee, Orange County Community Relations/EOC Public Affairs, at (984) 220-5412 or

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