N.C. requires face coverings for all people older than 5 years old to slow the spread of COVID.
Learn more about testing for COVID-19.
Social distancing, also called physical distancing, is a vital way to stay healthy during a pandemic.
If you are able to learn to keep good hand hygiene it is so much easier to stay healthy.
Stay at Home
Everything you need to know about the "Safer at Home" guidance.
How to Gather Safely
If you feel a business is failing to adhere to gathering limits, social distancing or mask wearing orders, please fill out this form so that an Environmental Health Specialist can work with the business to comply with the requirement:
Lo que debe saber sobre el Coronavirus (COVID-19).
All resources about COVID-19 in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, ASL, Burmese, Karen, Kinyarwanda, and Swahili.
Orange County Health Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, or sex.
We provide answers to commonly asked questions about coronavirus.
A list of information and resources about food, health, education, housing, and more.
Myths & Facts
Long Term Care Facilities
NCDHHS and OCHD have worked closely with long-term care facilities. Learn more.
Places of Worship
|How to Help|
Want to volunteer or support local organizations and groups that are responding to COVID-19? Here’s how.
|For informational videos from the Orange County Health Department, follow us on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/OCHDNC. Recent productions include:|
|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
English - March 2021: One Year Into the Pandemic Special
English - April 2021: Why did you get your COVID-19 vaccine?
|Cafecito con El Condado de Orange|
Español - Confianza / Trust
Español - Mitos y Realidades / Myths and Facts
Español - Mente Sana / Mental Health
Español - Vacunas/ Vaccines
|How to Gather Safely in a Pandemic (English, Español) - November 23, 2020|
|Fiestas en el Tiempo de COVID-19 / Celebrations and Parties During COVID-19 (Español) - September 14, 2020|
|COVID-19 Safety Plans for Churches and Faith Communities (English, Español) - August 19, 2020|
|Phase One of the Stay at Home Order (English, Español) - May 8, 2020|
|Orange County Sheriff's Office Message to the Community (English, Español, Chinese/Mandarin, Arabic, Burmese, Karen, Kinyarwanda, & Swahili) - April 28, 2020|
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.
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.
Everyone age 16 and up is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. We have walk-in clinics and pop-up clinics every week that make it convenient to find a time and date that work for your schedule. Learn more.
What's New in Mask and Social Gathering Rules? Learn more about Executive Order 209 that took effect on April 30.
Public Health Chat for April 2021: Why did you get the COVID-19 vaccine? Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines in this chat with Orange County Health Director Quintana Stewart.
Free COVID-19 Testing Weekdays in both Chapel Hill and Hillsborough: Learn more about free daily weekday testing.
Cafecito Video- All About COVID-19 Vaccines in Spanish.
CDC Guidance for When You Have Been Fully Vaccinated.
PRESS RELEASES: Stay up to date with the latest information from the OCHD by visiting the press release page. https://www.orangecountync.gov/2410/COVID-19-Media
Sign up to receive press releases by emailing Kristin Prelipp, Public Information Officer and Communications Manager for OCHD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEDIA INQUIRIES: 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.
- Newsletter: Sign up for the COVID-19 newsletter from the Orange County Health Department.
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- 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com