Wake County Recommends the Public Avoid Visiting Facilities that Serve People at High Risk of COVID-19

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Wake County Public Health Division recommends the public avoid visiting residential establishments for people at higher risk for severe illness – such as nursing homes, independent and assisted living facilities, correctional facilities and facilities that care for medically vulnerable children.

High risk populations include adults over 65 years, people with weakened immune systems, and those with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes.

“We can all help reduce the risk for our loved ones,” Wake County Medical Director Dr. Kim McDonald said. “For everyone’s safety, we’re asking people to avoid visits and take advantage of technology, such as video calling, instead of making a visit in person.”

Protecting Yourself
Although your risk of contracting COVID-19 remains low, the county’s public health team encourages you to protect yourself from COVID-19 and any other flu-like illness by following these simple steps:

  • Wash your hands.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay away from sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Stay home if you’re sick and don’t send sick children to school or childcare.

Staying Updated
Wake County has made it easy for you to stay updated on the latest information about COVID-19.

You can visit our COVID-19 webpage, which has a set of frequently asked questions to educate residents in English and Spanish. You can also email us questions at covid19.questions@wake.gov, or you can call our COVID-19 information line at 919-856-7044.

The county is also sharing important information on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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