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Town of Chapel Hill Proclaims State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19

Post Date:03/13/2020 3:54 PM

SEAL_350The Town of Chapel Hill today declared a State of Emergency to help Town leaders and emergency managers streamline and expedite their response to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

A state of emergency allows emergency processes and funding to be put in place to allow immediate response to emergency situations.

Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency on March 10. The declaration activates the state’s Emergency Operations Center to help agencies coordinate from one location and makes it easier to purchase needed medical supplies, protect consumers from price gouging, and increase county health departments’ access to state funds.

The leading agencies focused on public health for Chapel Hill (NC Department of Health and Human Services and Orange County Health Department) recommend that we can prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including COVID-19 by doing the following:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Use hygiene best practices including washing your hands regularly
  • Call your health practitioner before going to the hospital if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Avoid mass gatherings for the foreseeable future

Please visit www.townofchapelhill.org/coronavirus for more information and links to official health resources.

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