Yadkin County Operations

3/19/20

Human Coronaviruses commonly circulate in the United States and usually cause mild illnesses like the common cold. Some can cause more serious illnesses like the Coronavirus Disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. Yadkin County receives updates daily from state and federal officials on the development of the COVID-19.

COVID-19 is a person-to-person transmission similar to how the flu and common colds are transmitted (droplets of respiratory secretions that are spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes). The risk of coronaviruses spreading from touching objects such as door handles is low. The risk to Americans who have not traveled to an area with sustained cases of COVID-19 nor had contact with case is extremely low at this time. To see a daily update of confirmed cases in North Carolina, please click here. As of this communication, there are now 97 confirmed cases in 22 counties in North Carolina.

Symptoms of COVID are very similar to the flu, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath and may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure. Most people have mild symptoms, but there have been reports of severe illness with a small percentage resulting in death. Respiratory symptoms alone are not an indicator of COVID-19.  Colds, flu and other respiratory viruses are common this time of year.

People should take precautions to protect themselves from other respiratory viruses such as the flu.  Precautions should include frequent handwashing, avoiding touching your face, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, social distancing and making sure you received your annual flu shot.  Most importantly, stay home if you don’t feel well. People at high risk of COVID-19 include: infants; pregnant women; those over 65 years of age; or with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes; or with weakened immune systems.

Yadkin County continues to provide services to our citizens, but requests that when possible, please conduct business by telephone, email or our online services.  Some services may be limited to those that are time sensitive or a matter of safety. We want to protect our citizens, as well as employees and limit the spread of COVID-19.  This pandemic and its reach is assessed daily and our response to it is subject to change at any time.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has provided the following guidance and resources for a range of issues for stakeholders including: businesses and employers, public facing agencies, child care centers, colleges and universities, community organizations, faith based organizations, events and mass gatherings, correctional facilities, first responders, health care providers, homeless shelters, schools, long-term care facilities, retail centers, transportation providers, farmers, restaurants, and assisting persons with disabilities. 

On March 10, 2020, the Governor of North Carolina declared a State of Emergency in North Carolina and issued subsequent Executive Orders that closed K-12 public schools, banning mass gatherings of more than 100 people, closing seating areas in restaurants thereby limiting operations to take-out and drive-thru orders, and making improvements to the unemployment system to assist those who may be impacted. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States issued an Emergency Declaration, declaring the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic of sufficient severity and magnitude. On March 15, 2020, the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned of the high public health threat for large events and mass gatherings and recommended that persons should avoid events that consist of 50 or more people. On March 16, 2020, the President of the United States issued new guidelines called the “15 Days to Slow the Spread of COVID-19, calling on people to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than ten (10) people”.

President Trump signed the  Families First Coronavirus Response Act on March 18, 2020, which will help small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) by requiring employers to pay employees for sick leave if they develop COVID-19 for two weeks or 10 days.  They will also pay for caregivers 2/3 of their wages up to $200 per day to care for a family member who has COVID-19.  In addition, they will provide paid family leave up to 2/3 of wages for up to $200 per day for employees who cannot work due to children who can’t go to school or to take care of family members.  The employers will pay employees and seek reimbursement from the federal government.  This Act will sunset December 31, 2020.