Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Free COVID-19 Test Kits are Available at the Orange County Health Department at 300 W Tryon St. in Hillsborough. 

Hay kits de pruebas de COCID-19 gratuitos disponibles en el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Orange en ladirección: 300 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough, NC. 

COVID-19 vaccinations are no longer be offered at Southern Human Services Center (SHSC), located at 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill, NC. Orange County Health Department (OCHD) encourages all community members seeking a Covid-19 vaccine to call the OCHD main phone line at (919) 245-2400 to make an appointment at the medical clinic at Whitted Human Services Center (WHSC), located at 300 W. Tryon Street in Hillsborough, NC. 

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Walk-in COVID-19 testing is no longer available at the Southern Human Services Center (SHSC) located at 2501 Homestead Rd in Chapel Hill. 

Click here for in-person testing locations. 

For additional information, contact OCHD at      (919) 245-2400.

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Updated COVID-19 Booster is Available for People 5 and Older

An updated COVID-19 booster is now available for people 5 and older, two months after they finish their primary series or any booster dose. It offers the most up-to-date protection against the latest Omicron variants.

The booster, like all COVID-19 vaccines, is safe to get alongside the annual flu vaccine. People should get their flu vaccine as early as this month to build up immunity before the virus becomes widespread in late fall and winter. 

You can get an updated booster if you are 5 or older and: 

  • You received a booster, a second dose of the initial series of vaccine, or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least TWO months ago.

What Are Some Ways to Greet Each Other Without Sharing Germs?


It has been customary to greet each other by shaking hands or hugging. This well meaning gesture can easily share COVID-19 or other viruses. Try a new habit of elbow bumping or simply waving and saying, "Hello!" In this way we can spread kindness, not illness.

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Community members with questions may reach the OCHD call center at (919) 913-8088 Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Spanish and other languages available.


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Did you or someone in your household test positive for COVID-19 or become a close contact?

More frequently asked questions and answers may be found on the NCDHHS website.



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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 COVID-19 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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  • Call Center: Questions about COVID-19 vaccines or testing? Call (919) 913-8088 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Spanish language and other languages available.
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    For the latest on COVID-19 and its impacts in Orange County, follow the Orange County Health Department on social media at the links below.

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MEDIA INQUIRIES: Please direct any media inquiries to OCHD Public Information Officer and Communications Manager, at (919) 245-2462 or Direct 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 by using THIS FORM.