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Everyone wants to keep their families and friends safe and healthy. And we’re ready to help. Get the latest COVID-19 information here.

Prevention

Cases of both COVID-19 and flu are expected to spike over the winter. We can do Moore Together to prevent illness and keep everyone healthy.

COVID-19 is a virus that is spread through contact with someone who is infected. You may breathe in droplets when that person coughs or sneezes, or you touch an infected surface then touch your mouth or face, exposing yourself to the virus.

The best options for preventing illness include:

  1. Wear a good-fitting medical grade mask if you are in close contact with others, especially indoors. Avoid homemade masks or gaiters.
  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water (or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer).
  3. Keep your distance, especially from anyone who exhibits symptoms of illness.
  4. Get the initial COVID-19 vaccine series and booster as they are approved and you become eligible.
  5. Also, get the flu vaccine. By itself, flu can still cause severe illness, hospitalization, and death in some people. Those most at risk include the elderly, young children, and people with other health conditions. Getting both COVID-19 and the flu at the same time puts you at even higher risk of severe illness.

If you do end up with COVID-19:

  • Isolate from others
  • If you cannot avoid family members, wear a mask
  • Get lots of rest
  • Drink lots of fluids
  • If your symptoms are severe (especially if you have trouble breathing) call your doctor or go to the emergency department
  • Some people with may be given an antiviral medication to reduce the severity of the illness; this must be given within the first five days of symptoms starting. Ask your doctor if this is a good option for you.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's (CDC's) isolation and exposure calculator tool can help you determine if or how long you need to isolate or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.

It is possible to get COVID-19 more than once. Just because you have had it once does not mean you are immune. Continue to exercise caution.

A Note About Long COVID

A percentage of people who get COVID-19 – even those with milder cases – may get “long-haul COVID,” with symptoms continuing weeks or months after they have tested negative. Symptoms may include extreme fatigue and memory issues. If you experience these issues more than a month after you have recovered from your initial illness, check with your doctor. 

COVID-19 Testing

Planning to visit with family and friends over the holidays or as we head into the new year? Get tested for COVID before you go. Home test kits make it easy. Prefer a lab test? Find a convenient location and make an appointment. We can do Moore Together to protect each other.

If you test positive, take precautions to prevent passing the virus to others, especially those with pre-existing conditions or weakened immune systems. If you have mild symptoms, stay home, rest, and get plenty of fluids. If you have existing health issues or have more severe symptoms, check with your doctor within five days of getting sick to see you are eligible for antiviral treatments that often help lessen the severity of the disease and prevent hospitalization.

Test Options

As of this date, insurance companies are required to cover up to eight (8) home test kits per person per month at a maximum of $12 per kit. (Keep your receipts; unless they have a preferred pharmacy, you may need to file a claim with your insurance company.) You may also find free test kits at various locations in NC. If you have Medicare, you may get a list of participating pharmacies here.

Many doctor’s offices, pharmacies, and labs now offer COVID-19 testing. There are also many community sites that offer free or low-cost tests.

Need more information about different types of tests?  Use this helpful list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). 

COVID-19 Vaccinations & Boosters

COVID-19 is still here, and people are still getting sick, with thousands being hospitalized every day. Viruses like COVID-19 and the flu mutate over time. After you have had the initial vaccines (one shot if you had Johnson & Johnson, two if you had Pfizer or Moderna), it is important to continue to receive boosters to combat new strains of the virus. While we do not know for sure, it is very likely COVID-19 boosters will become an annual recommendation just like the flu vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for almost everyone ages 6 months and older. Side effects (if any) are generally mild. If you have a pre-existing condition or other concerns, talk to your doctor. While vaccinations may not prevent your getting COVID-19, they have been proven effective in reducing the severity of the disease, hospitalization, and death. If you have had COVID-19, the current recommendation is to wait 90 days after testing negative before getting a booster.

We can do Moore Together by taking advantage of the tools we know work to help keep our residents healthy. Make an appointment with your doctor or find a vaccination location near you.  You can also schedule an appointment to receive your vaccine or booster at the Moore County Health Department by calling 910-947-SHOT (7468) anytime Monday through Friday from 8AM-5PM.  COVID-19 vaccines are free to everyone, regardless of whether you have health insurance.

More detailed information about COVID-19 vaccines can be found at www.myspot.nc.gov (English) or www.vacunate.nc.gov (Spanish).

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