Health Department: COVID-19
Recognize the symptoms of COVID-19 and know what to do:
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness.
This list is not all inclusive. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
If you have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 or have had close contact with a known positive case regardless of symptoms, seek testing:
Call your primary care doctor to ask about testing. If you do not have a doctor, call the following locations:
Davie County Health Department, COVID-19 Call Center: (336)753-6550
Wake Forest Baptist Urgent Care Center Mocksville: (336) 713-0555
Davie Medical Center: COVID-19 Number (336) 702-6843, Main Number (336) 998-1300
Stay home, except to seek testing or medical attention if you have symptoms. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home until 10 day have passed since your initial symptoms and 3 days have passed with no fever without using fever reducing medicine, and you have had an improvement in respiratoty symptoms. If you have been in contact with a known positive case, stay home for 14 days since you had contact with the individual. Stay in touch with your doctor by phone. Do not visit public areas or use public transportation.
People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave your home, except to get tested and to get medical care, and always call ahead prior to visiting any medical facility.
As much as possible, if you have symptoms stay in a specific "sick room" and away from other people and animals in your home.
Anyone who lives with someone with symptoms should also stay home.
Limit contact with pets and animals. As a precaution, when possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick with COVID-19. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them.
Follow COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for:
There is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- Stay home. If you must go out, stay at least 6 feet away from any other person. Avoid crowds of 10 people or more, or any situation where you are within 6 feet of another person.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when you go out into public and social distancing cannot be achieved at all times, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Click here for how to make and how to use a cloth face covering.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under the age of 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others when possible. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it away. Immediately wash your hands.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Stay home if you are sick, and refer to what to do if you are sick or think you may be sick.
Prevention for those at Higher Risk of Severe Complications from COVID-19:
Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults (65 years or older) and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including:
- Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- Serious heart conditions
- Conditions that can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.
- Severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
- Chronic kidney disease and who are undergoing dialysis
- Liver disease
Here are extra prevention measures to take for those who fall within this group:
- Stay home.
- If you must go out, keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others, and avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places (door handles, handrails, etc.)
- Have supplies on hand including:
- Household items, groceries, and medications.
- Over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms.
- Consider using mail-order for medications.
- Wash your hands often. Wear a cloth face covering. Avoid touching your face. Cough or sneeze into a tissue, and the throw it away and wash your hands. Clean and disinfect your home often. Do not travel. Avoid crowds.
Know how it spreads
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
Please follow the following links for further reliable information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and preventing the spread of disease:
- Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
- What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019
- Lo que necesita saber sobre la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019
- Information for Individuals, Families, and Communities
- CDC Prevention and Treatment Information
- Stop the Spread of Germs
- COVID-19: Combating Fear and Stigma
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.
News Releases and Alerts
- 2019 State of the County Health Report
- 2018 State of the County Health Report
- 2017 Community Health Assessment
For more information related to health data and community resources; please contact Karina Gonzalez, Human Services Planner Evaluator at 336-753-6750.
Davie County Health Department Survey
For more information related to health data and community resources; please contact Karina Gonzalez, Human Services Planner Evaluator at 336-753-6750. To contact the administrative officials at the Davie County Health Department please call (336) 753-6750.
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