Important Announcement: Covid-19 Update from Davie County Manager
Davie County Government is collaborating with state and federal officials to monitor the daily development of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Counties who have issued State of Emergency Declarations include Buncombe, Forsyth, Guilford, Henderson, Moore, Orange, Rockingham, Wake, and Wilkes. Should Davie County Government make a decision in the future to also issue a State of Emergency Declaration, we will take measures to notify our community members and residents.
The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) should not be a surprise to us, as we have seen what has transpired in other countries, states, and now counties around us. While the general risk remains low in Davie County at this point, we should follow advice from health care experts, so fewer people will be infected or become ill.
Davie County Government is adhering to lessons learned from others who have dealt with this and is taking measures to contain it locally. As of this morning, there are now 32 confirmed cases in North Carolina. We need to be realistic that it is likely a matter of when, not if, we have a positive/confirmed case in Davie County. There are residents of Davie County who have been tested with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (results are pending), but at the time of this communication, there are no current confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county. To see a daily update of confirmed cases in North Carolina, please click here.
Obviously, we all would like to get back to our normal routines as soon as possible, but at this time we are on the upward trajectory of this disease. Things are evolving daily, and we need to remain calm, focus on the facts, and avoid assumptions due to anxiety and fear about the unknown.
People at high risk of COVID-19 include: infants; those over 65 years of age; or with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes; or with weakened immune systems. Symptomatic individuals should contact their primary care provider (PCP). Flu has to be ruled out, and other criteria must be met as determined by the PCP, before DCHHS can determine whether testing is needed. DCHHS is coordinating communication between the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), Centers for Disease Control/Prevention (CDC), and testing facilities in our area.
It is our desire to keep residents informed. We are focusing on solutions to limit the contagion by reducing persons in close proximity (social distancing). Residents should practice everyday prevention measures like frequent hand washing, avoiding touching your face, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow. These measures are most effective when implemented early allowing us to avoid the spreading of COVID-19 present in nearby counties.
In addition to the Public Notice that was issued by Davie County Government on Friday, March 13, below are the measures Davie County Government is taking in response to both the state and federal emergency declarations:
Davie County has created a COVID-19 website for residents which has the most up-to-date information at www.daviecountync.gov. We will also post information on various social media sites and encourage residents to share information with others. We have also created a COVID-19 hotline, which is manned by Public Health Nurses at 336-753-6750.
The Board of County Commissioners and I are so proud of the Davie County Government staff and local professionals who are working tirelessly with state and federal officials in diligently managing this situation.
Together, our primary focus should be on the mitigation and prevention of COVID-19 in our community. Thanks to each of you who are playing an important role in assisting us with this goal.
We will continue to provide information and updates as they become available.
John Eller, County Manager
Davie County Government
123 S. Main Street
Mocksville, NC 27028