Coronavirus (COVID-19)


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Learn more about how to lower the risk of spreading COVID-19 when gathering.
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Updated COVID-19 Booster is Available for People 12 and Older

An updated COVID-19 booster is now available for people 12 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 12 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.

You can get an original Pfizer booster if you are 5 to 11 and: 

  • You received your second dose of the vaccine at least FIVE months ago, or
  • You received your Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least TWO months ago.

The CDC also recommends a third dose for children 5 to 11 who have compromised immune systems.

Orange County at Medium Level of COVID-19 Community Spread

Orange County is currently at a medium level of community spread for COVID-19, according to the CDCScreen Shot 2022-09-09 at 10.07.26 AMTo reduce the spread in our community it is helpful to mask indoors, wash your hands often, give each other a little space and, most importantly, be sure you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccination. If you do think you have been exposed, or are feeling ill, please get a COVID-19 test.

Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines is the best way to protect our community from COVID-19. GET VACCINATED.

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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PRESS RELEASES: Stay up to date with the latest information from the OCHD by visiting the press release page.

Sign up to receive press releases by emailing Kristin Prelipp, Public Information Officer and Communications Manager for OCHD at

MEDIA INQUIRIES: Please direct any media inquiries to OCHD Public Information Officer and Communications Manager, Kristin Prelipp at (919) 245-2462. 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.