COVID-19: Facilities, Organizations & Providers

Information for Faith-Based Organizations:

Please refer to the following information regarding prevention and response to COVID-19 for faith-based organizations: 

Information for Long-Term Care Facilities:

Facilities are encouraged to implement social distancing measures and perform temperature and respiratory symptom screening of residents and staff. These establishments include settings such as nursing homes, independent and assisted living facilities, correction facilities, and facilities that care for medically vulnerable children. 

NCDHHS has created a fact sheet to learn more about how NCDHHS is supporting long-term care facilities. Some of the directives include:

  • Canceling communal activities, including group meals
  • Taking the temperature of employees and essential personnel when they enter the facility
  • Requiring specific personal protective equipment in the facility
  • Requiring close monitoring of residents for COVID-19 health indicators like body temperature

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has created a toolkit for long-term care facilities in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak: 

In addition, long-term care facilities should:

  • Practice good hand hygiene tips and other common-sense precautions
  • Review policies and procedures for infection prevention and mitigation, and make sure all employees follow these steps.
  • Assure strict adherence to infection prevention practices.
  • Prevent the introduction of respiratory illnesses into their facilities.

Please see the following information and guidance for long-term care facilities:

Information for Businesses:

Please see the below information for employers and employees within North Carolina. These practices can help protect employers, employees, and the community:

NCDHHS recommends that employers and employees:

  • Employers should not ask for a negative COVID-19 test or a note from a medical provider for employees to return to work.
  • Use teleworking technologies to the greatest extent possible. 
  • Stagger work schedules. 
  • Consider canceling non-essential travel.
  • Hold larger meetings virtually, to the extent possible. 
  • Arrange the workspace to optimize distance between employees, ideally at least six feet apart.
  • Urge high-risk employees to stay home.
  • Urge employees to stay home when they are sick and maximize flexibility in sick leave benefits.
  • Reinforce good hand hygiene tips and other common-sense precautions with employees and patrons.
  • Cross-train employees for key functions so that daily schedules can continue relatively uninterrupted by potential employee absences.
  • Review absenteeism policies to make sure employees are not being encouraged to come to work if they are sick.
  • Review recommendations for cleaning practices.

Please see the following sources for additional guidance:

Information for K-12 Public Schools:

Information for Child Care Centers, and Daycare Providers:

NCDHHS recommends that child care centers:

  • Cancel or reduce large events and gatherings, such as assemblies and field trips.
  • Limit inter-school interactions. 
  • Consider distance or e-learning in some settings.
  • Consider dismissals if staff or absenteeism impacts the ability to remain open. Short-term closures may also be necessary to facilitate public health investigation and/or cleaning if a case is diagnosed in a child or staff member.

Child care centers should also:

  • Take precautions to protect students and children, faculty and staff from the spread of respiratory illnesses
  • Review absenteeism policies and procedures to make sure students or children, faculty and staff are not being encouraged to attend or work if they are sick.
  • Remind your faculty, staff, students and/or children’s guardians that an annual flu shot is an important way to support overall health. While the flu shot does not protect against COVID-19, it is the best defense against the flu, which is a common respiratory illness.

Please see the following links for further information and guidance:

Information for Providers:

All health care providers should:

  • Follow directions related to elective and  non-urgent and procedures and surgeries found here
  • Review policies and procedures for infection prevention and mitigation and make sure all employees follow the appropriate steps.
  • Consider using telemedicine, nurse triage lines and other options to prevent people with mild illnesses from coming to clinics and emergency rooms.
  • Ask about travel history for patients presenting with respiratory illnesses and continue working closely with Davie County Division of Public Health, NCDHHS and the CDC and follow their guidance.

Behavioral health and self-care

  • Behavioral health providers should follow the guidance for health care professionals provided by NCDHHS and the CDC.
  • Fear, stigma, depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder can follow major infectious disease outbreaks, and all health care providers should be prepared for those reactions with the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • The importance of self-care during stressful times cannot be over-estimated and all health providers, including behavioral health providers, are at risk for burnout and secondary trauma.
  • Be aware of the behavioral health crisis services that are available. Some resources are included on the Individuals and Families page.

Please see the following links for information specific to healthcare providers:

Information for Dental Providers:

Refer to the CDC’s guidance for dental providers.

Information for Veterinarians:

Refer to NCDHHS’s guidance for veterinarians and animal services. See also:

Information for Special Populations:

Homeless Shelters and Providers

Persons experiencing homelessness may be at risk for infection during an outbreak of COVID-19. The CDC has resources to support response planning by homeless service providers, including overnight emergency shelters, day shelters, and meal service providers. This includes cleaning and disinfection recommendations.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development also has information for housing providers, including organizations that provide housing for homeless individuals and shelters. This includes guidance for how to plan and respond to COVID-19 and following the CDC’s guidance for cleaning and disinfecting community facilities.

Correctional Facilities

Correctional and detention facilities can include custody, housing, education, recreation, healthcare, food service, and workplace components in a single physical setting. The integration of these components presents unique challenges for control of COVID-19 transmission among incarcerated/detained persons, staff, and visitors. Consistent application of specific preparation, prevention, and management measures can help reduce the risk of transmission and severe disease from COVID-19. The following links provide resources for correctional and detention facilities: 

First Responders

This guidance applies to all first responders, including law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, and emergency management officials, who anticipate close contact with persons with confirmed or possible COVID-19 in the course of their work. Click here for more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for first responders.

Guidance for Working with People who have Disabilities

Guidance for Migrant Farm Workers and Their Employers

All of the above information accessed from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 

Davie County Health and Human Services Division of Public Health would like to define a few terms so that everyone has a better understanding:

Screening – is the assessment to determine if a person meets criteria for testing.  These are questions asked by a medical professional to determine if symptoms meet the need for a specimen collection.

Collection – can occur at your PCP, Urgent Care or Hospital ED and will include a nasal swab.

Testing – occurs in a lab and is not always associated with the collection site.  For example, your specimen may be collected at your PCP but the testing is completed by an outside lab.

Drive-by Screening – typically occurs at a hospital or designated location away from a hospital.  Drive-by sites include screening and collection of specimens from individuals meeting criteria for testing. 

Please follow the following links for further reliable information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and preventing the spread of disease: