North Carolina Health & Human Services, May 8, 2020 Announcements

On Friday, May 8, at 5 p.m., North Carolina moved into Phase 1 of the plan to slowly ease certain COVID-19 restrictions that Governor Roy Cooper announced earlier this week. The Stay at Home Order remains in place with some modifications.

North Carolina is taking a three-phased approach – based on data from testing, tracing and trends – to safely lift restrictions while continuing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and save lives.

People who are sick or at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19 should continue to remain at home as much as possible.

Below is a general overview of what Phase 1 means for North Carolina.

Remember Your 3 Ws: Wear, Wait, Wash 
Wear. Wait. Wash. As North Carolina moves to ease some COVID-19 restrictions starting today, the NC Department of Health and Human Services is asking people to remember these three things to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve.

If you leave home, practice your Ws: Wear, Wait, Wash:

  • Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people.
  • Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

These actions can protect our families and neighbors as the state takes a cautious step forward while the virus is still circulating.

Businesses, organizations and individuals are asked to post materials and social media in English and Spanish encouraging people to remember their 3 Ws: Wear, Wait, Wash.

Thank You to Our Nurses, Public Servants, Teachers and Mothers!
During May, North Carolinians celebrate National Nurses Week, Public Service Recognition Week, National Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother’s Day. This month is a great opportunity to honor the many nurses, public servants, teachers and mothers whose work, care and sacrifices are helping to get all of us through this COVID-19 crisis. Take the time to thank these special people in your life today.