Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to prevent serious illness, hospitalizations and death, and slow community spread. Everyone 5 and up is now eligible to get a COVID-19 Vaccine. Visit here to find Your Spot for the Shot. Or call Wilkes County Health Department to schedule an appointment now. 336-990-9950
What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disease that was identified in Wuhan, China, and is now being spread throughout the world. People are encouraged to take common sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
Wear a face covering when physical distancing is not an option.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
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Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, or anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should self-isolate and talk to a health care professional.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 contact your health care provider or telehealth program to discuss whether you should be evaluated for testing.
Call the test site before you go to learn about testing criteria, availability, hours and location. Not all health care providers provide testing on-site. Some require an appointment and/or referral from a health care provider. Locations are subject to change.
As questions and concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19) increase across North Carolina, The North Carolina Division of Public Health would like the public to use the Coronavirus Helpline. The phone number to the helpline is 1-866-462-3821.
NC 2-1-1, an information line that connects you to local resources in your own community, is a good place to find news updates about COVID-19.