Covid Alert Archive

COVID -19 ALERTS ARCHIVE PAGE -  Last time the page was archived - January 8, 2021

Local citizens and visitors of Hertford County, access to up-to-date information about COVID-19 is provided below and can be accessed by clicking on the links.

Covid-19



Hertford County Government - COVID-19

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As of March 2020  through  January 4, 2021
Current COVID-19 Case Count

The statistics below are provided by Albemarle Regional Health Services

1475 Total Lab Confirmed Cases
164  Lab Confirmed Active Cases
1261 Lab Confirmed Recovered Cases
50 Lab Confirmed as Related Deaths

Click on the link below to access the ArcGIS COVID-19 Index for the United States (System of Systems) to see Case Count by County. 
COVID-19 ArcGIS Dashboard

Below is an interactive map. To access  Hertford County's statistical information, click on the map and zoom in to the Hertford County location. Click on Hertford County to access statistics.


 


January 7, 2021

Executive Order Extended: Yesterday Governor Cooper extended North Carolina’s Modified Stay At Home Order that requires people to be at home from 10 pm – 5 am to last through at least Friday, January 29. Secretary Cohen also issued a Secretarial Directive telling North Carolinians to stay home except for essential activities and avoid gathering, especially indoors, with people who do not live with you.

The directive comes as the state reports 96 counties as red or orange in the COVID-19 County Alert System released yesterday, meaning most of the state has critical levels of viral spread. North Carolina has experienced record high numbers on key metrics in recent weeks, including its highest number since the start of the pandemic of cases reported each day, the percent of tests that are positive and people hospitalized with COVID-19. The full data dashboard with all of our metrics and reports is available here: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard


Help for North Carolinians:
Governor Cooper recently signed Executive Order 184, extending North Carolina’s evictions moratorium through January 31, 2021. Also, effective this week, households can apply for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) and the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) online at www.epass.nc.gov.



COVID-19 Vaccination Information

January 7, 2021


COVID-19 Vaccines
: The shot is a free and effective way to begin to rebuild our sense of community and the economy. Visit NC DHHS online to learn more about the COVID-19 Vaccines. There is highly detailed information about prioritization categories. Remember that currently the supply of vaccine is not as high as it will be in the coming months.

NC National Guard: NC National Guard mobilized about 50 additional personnel in support of state partners and county health departments for vaccine operations. This includes logistics planning, command and control center support, and vaccination teams who can assist on the ground.



January 4, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has rolled out the following vaccine prioritization plan. Based on new federal recommendations issued last week by the CDC Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the Department has updated and simplified the vaccine prioritization plan.  

North Carolina’s updated phases include: 

  • Current Phase - Phase 1a: Health care workers fighting COVID-19 & Long-Term Care staff and residents. 
  • Phase 1b (to begin in early January): Adults 75 years or older and frontline essential workers  
  • Phase 2: Adults at high risk for exposure and at increased risk of severe illness.  
  • Phase 3: Students  
  • Phase 4: Everyone who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination. 

Because currently there is not enough vaccine for everyone to be vaccinated at the same time, NCDHHS will open the next phase of vaccinations (1b) in groups, starting only with persons above the age of 75 in order to best manage vaccine dose availability.   To see all the groups for Phases 1b and Phase 2 please review this Infographic of Vaccine Phases

More detailed information is available at yourspotyourshot.nc.gov and in the resources below: 

  • Presentation COVID-Vaccination 101  (EnglishSpanish
  • Frequently Asked Questions (EnglishSpanish
  • Videos on Vaccine Rollout 
  • NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen shares information on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan (45-second30-second
  • NCDHHS Deputy Secretary Ben Money shares information on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan (link
  • Videos for Long-Term Care 
  • North Carolina long-term care workers share their reason for taking the newly developed COVID-19 vaccine (90-second60-second30-second
  • NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen shares information on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan long-term care facility workers (60-second)
  • NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen shares information on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan for families of long-term care residents (link
  • NCDHHS Deputy Secretary Ben Money shares information on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan for long-term care facilities (60-second, 30-second

Continue to check the Vaccines page on the NCDHHS website for more information and resources as they are available: yourspotyourshot.nc.gov. The page is also available in Spanish: covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vacuna


December 9, 2020

Executive Order 181 -

Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen announced that North Carolina will begin a Modified Stay at Home Order after a rapid increase in North Carolina’s key COVID-19 trends.

The Order requires people to stay at home between 10pm and 5am and takes effect Friday, December 11 and will be in place until at least January 8, 2021.


Travel to and from work; to obtain food, medical care, fuel or social services; or to take care of a family member is exempted. 


Read Executive Order 181 here.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions document about the Order here.

Updated COVID-19 County Alert System

Click on the link below to access the updated maps and to read the update regarding where each county stands with regard to COVID -19 numbers. Currently, Hertford County is a red county, which represents  critical community spread as the numbers have more than doubled since November 23.

PRESS RELEASES since the last update include:

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UPDATED guidance since the last update include:

UPDATED reports since the last update include:

NEW EVENTS ADDED to the community testing events page

UPDATED Contact Tracing numbers



December 7, 2020

All North Carolina information can be found on the dashboard at the link below:

https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/

Below is the link to all of the community testing sites across NC.

https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/about-covid-19/testing/find-my-testing-place/pop-testing-sites

 

Vaccine Update

NCDHHS is developing a series of resources to help the public understand the latest developments with COVID-19 vaccine development and distribution.  The most recent one of those is available here:

https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/COVID-19-Vaccine-Update.pdf

 

K-12 COVID-19 Testing Pilot

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is launching a pilot program to deploy COVID-19 testing in K-12 public schools to quickly identify students and staff who may have the virus to help slow its spread. 

Local education agencies including public school districts, charter school networks or individual charter schools currently offering any in-person instruction — either Plan A or Plan B — are eligible to apply. Selected pilot sites will receive federally funded rapid antigen tests to be used for students and staff with COVID-19 symptoms or who are close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. https://www.nc.gov/covid-19/k-12-education-covid-19-resources



November 30, 2020

COVID-19 Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click on the links below for information. 




November 18, 2020

Click on the link below to access information on the new COVID-19 County Alert System . NCDHHS will be publishing the alert system  to help the community understand how their county is coping with regard to the pandemic. 

The  COVID-19 County Alert System identifies counties with the highest levels of viral spread and offers recommendations for reducing the number of infections. 

November 16, 2020

Below is information regarding new COVID-19 updates and information from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) as well as the Phase 3 extension issued by Governor Cooper. Click on the links to access additional information.

Extension of Phase 3

A link to the  Executive Order 176 that is the Phase 3 extension Governor Cooper referenced in his briefing Tuesday afternoon is provided at the bottom of this paragraph.  Of particular note is the lowering of the indoor mass gathering limit to 10 people, down from 25.  Also note in the release the Governor’s announcement that full-service restaurants are now eligible for assistance through the Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief Program (MURR) administered by the NC Department of Commerce.  These businesses may apply for up to 4 months of rent or mortgage interest capped at $20,000 per location for up to 2 locations. Businesses can learn more and apply by visiting www.nccommerce.com/murr. Here’s the press release covering these items:  https://governor.nc.gov/news/north-carolina-lowers-indoor-gathering-limit-10-slow-spread-covid-19

Testing for College Students

Today, the Governor announced the state is providing federally funded rapid antigen COVID-19 tests to colleges and universities across North Carolina to help bolster schools’ student testing efforts in advance of Thanksgiving and holiday break. NCDHHS is encouraging everyone to plan ahead and get a COVID-19 test before they leave campus or gather with friends and family over the holidays. Details here: https://governor.nc.gov/news/north-carolina-provides-covid-19-tests-colleges-universities-across-state-support-testing

New Report on COVID-19 in Rural NC

Today, NCDHHS issued a report documenting the rapid growth of COVID-19 cases in rural areas.  https://www.ncdhhs.gov/news/press-releases/north-carolina-rural-communities-seeing-rapid-growth-covid-19-cases

The report, which looks at data since the start of the pandemic, found that since September 2020: 

 

  • Nearly twice as many new cases have been reported from rural counties compared to urban or suburban counties.
  • The majority of cases in rural counties are increasingly white, non-Hispanic as compared with previous months. 
  • COVID-19 related deaths in rural counties also increased significantly, and account for the majority of deaths statewide compared with deaths in urban and suburban counties. 
  • Among deaths in rural counties, deaths among white, non-Hispanic and Black/African American cases have increased over time.
  • The majority of COVID-19 cases in rural communities are in people 49 years and younger.
  • The increase is being driven by community spread, not congregate living settings like nursing homes or jails.

NCDHHS Releases New Guidance for Thanksgiving Celebrations, Black Friday Shopping

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released new guidance for Thanksgiving celebrations and Black Friday shopping to help North Carolinians gauge the risks, protect their friends and loved ones, and slow the spread of COVID-19.

"The best way to protect loved ones during Thanksgiving is to limit travel and gatherings with anyone who does not live in your household," said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. "If you do plan to get together, there are important steps you can take to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to your family and friends."

Because North Carolina is experiencing high numbers of COVID-19 cases across the state, NCDHHS urges caution when gathering for Thanksgiving and other holiday celebrations, especially  for gatherings that include people who are at a higher risk of developing complications from COVID-19, such as anyone over the age of 65.

If people do plan on traveling or gathering, they should consider having a screening COVID-19 test three to four days ahead of time. A screening test can help someone know if they have COVID-19 even if they do not have yet have symptoms. However, a screening test can miss some infections. Furthermore, a negative test only gives you information for that point in time. Screening tests are available at state-funded community testing events. Call ahead to other testing sites to see if they offer screening tests at their locations. Community testing events and other testing sites are listed online at ncdhhs.gov/testingplace.

"Consider getting a screening test ahead of your Thanksgiving travel or gathering. If you test positive, stay home and isolate. If you test negative, it’s not a free pass. Wear a mask and practice all 3Ws, including keeping 6 feet of distance from others and washing hand often," Secretary Cohen said.

People who have been recently diagnosed with COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been around a person with COVID-19, should not host or participate in any in-person gatherings until they complete their isolation or quarantine period.

For a full list of guidance about traveling and gathering during the holidays, along with a chart outlining low, medium and high-risk activities, see the NCDHHS Interim Guidance for Thanksgiving Holiday.

During Black Friday shopping, it is strongly recommended individuals do not participate in any traditional Black Friday shopping where customers gather in large groups waiting for the store to open or are in crowded stores for extended times.

Any large gathering of people poses an increased risk for spreading COVID-19. People at high risk for COVID-19 complications should limit in-person shopping. And people who have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19, have COVID-19 like symptoms or who have been exposed to COVID-19, should not shop in person until their isolation or quarantine period is over.

Individuals who do shop in person should follow the 3Ws and remember stores are limited to 50 percent capacity. For further Black Friday guidance, including step-by-step tips for how to reduce risk while shopping, see the NCDHHS Interim Guidance for Black Friday Shopping.


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NEW EVENTS ADDED to the community testing events page

UPDATED Contact Tracing numbers



November 2, 2020

Below is the latest COVID-19 statkeholder update provide by the NC Department of Health and Human Services. 

PRESS RELEASES since the last update include:

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UPDATED guidance since the last update include:

UPDATED reports since the last update include:

NEW EVENTS ADDED to the community testing events page

UPDATED Contact Tracing numbers

 



October 23, 2020

Please reference the COVID-19 updates and links (below) provided by the NCDHHS.

NEW DATA |The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services added a new COVID-19 Clusters in North Carolina Report to the COVID-19 NC Dashboard on the Outbreaks and Clusters page. This report will be updated on Mondays at 4PM.

Users will now be able to view clusters being identified in workplaces, educational settings, and many other community locations. The COVID-19 Clusters in North Carolina report includes total cumulative reported clusters, cases and deaths broken down by type of cluster since May 22, 2020 and graphs per type of cluster showing trends over time.


The cluster data provided in the report is limited to clusters that have been voluntarily reported or identified through case investigation and contact tracing efforts. While congregate living settings, schools, and childcare are required to report clusters or outbreaks to their local health department, other settings are not.

All of our information can be found on the dashboard.  Read the press release here.

PRESS RELEASES since the last update include:

NEW resources since the last update include:

UPDATED guidance since the last update include:

UPDATED reports since the last update include:

NEW EVENTS ADDED to the community testing events page

UPDATED Contact Tracing numbers

 


October 19, 2020

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NEW EVENTS ADDED to the community testing events page

UPDATED Contact Tracing numbers

 


October 5, 2020

 

Phase 3 Updates:

 

 

 

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 NEW EVENTS ADDED to the community testing events page

 

UPDATED Contact Tracing numbers

 

 


October 2, 2020

Extra Credit Grant

 We need your help sharing the information with those who did not file a tax return. North Carolinians whose income did not meet the filing requirements (generally $10,000 per year if you are single and $20,000 per year if you are married), may still be eligible for the $335 payment. According to the law, they must apply with the NCDOR by October 15.

 The online and printable paper applications are on the agency website: https://www.ncdor.gov/extracredit. The information is also available in Spanish.



October 1, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper - Information on North Carolina COVID-19 Response

Click on the link below to access all of the executive orders issued by Gov. Roy Cooper, as part of North Carolina's response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

COVID - 19 Orders - Executive Orders

Most recent Order Issued - September 30, 2020 Executive Order 169 - Revises prohibitions and restrictions that move the state into Phase 3 measures.

Click on the link below to access the Executive Order 169 Media Release Frequently Asked Questions information.
Executive Order 169 Media Release Frequently Asked Questions



COVID-19 - Child Care Resources  posted-08/28/2020

With school now underway, many working parents are facing the added stress of finding a safe place for their children during the day that can also support their remote learning. The good news is that there is ample licensed child care available across the state, and we are making it as easy as possible for families to find it.

 In partnership with Child Care Resources and Referral, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services created a free hotline to connect families to licensed care for their school-age children. 

 Families can call the hotline at 1-888-600-1685.

Help families know that they have options by:


Hertford County Government - COVID-19 Media Release

Letter to Citizens of Hertford County

Hertford Regional Health Services (ARHS)



COVID-19 Resources


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response in North Carolina - NC Dept. of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)

NEW & UPDATED GUIDANCE:The following resources are now available on the NCDHSS dashboard.

September 22, 2020 -- UPDATED guidance since the last update include:

NEW Resource: Campaigns and Marketing Overview with ideas on how to use marketing materials to educate and inform your community on testing, tracing, and prevention. We encourage you to use this resource and the campaign materials available on the NC DHHS website to continue engaging your community.

 

PRESS RELEASES since the last update include:

UPDATED guidance since the last update include:

UPDATED reports since the last update include:

NEW EVENTS ADDED to the community testing events page

UPDATED Contact Tracing numbers

July 30, 2020

UPDATED guidance since the last update include:

UPDATED REPORTS: the following reports have been updated and are now available on the dashboard

 NEW TESTING SITES: about 45 new CHAMP sites were added to the community testing events page

 UPDATED OPERATION HOURS for Vidant testing sites: hours have changed due to the high temperatures.  They are now 11 am – 1 pm and 4 pm – 6 pm. 

 NOW AVAILABLE IN SPANISH:

NEW: Video PSAs added here and will be available on the Prevent & Protect toolkit

PRESS RELEASES since the last update include:
July 27-28, 2020
July 17, 2020

Coronavirus  (COVID-19) - North Carolina Association of County Commissioners

Information About COVID-19 in the United States


Coronavirus Advisory Information

Coronavirus Q&A

Coronavirus Condition Overview

Message from Hertford County Sheriff's Office