Coronavirus Information and Resources
I want to take a moment to share basic information about the coronavirus and to provide important updates on how we all can stay safe during this unsettling time. The news of the coronavirus outbreak in our area has been distressing for many of us, so I wanted to provide you with information on where to updates, and what you can do to protect yourself and your family. My staff has compiled a list of resources available to Charlotte and Mecklenburg County citizens impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. There is also information for business owners and workers who may experience difficulties in the days and weeks ahead. This is a general resource guide and information is constantly being updated nor is it an exhaustive list, but we certainly hope that you find it helpful. This resource page is a compilation of existing federal, state, and county resources and is not intended to be the singular resource for all of our community impacted by the coronavirus.
In responding to the spread of the COVID-19, Congress is working with federal agencies to address this public health crisis in a smart, strategic, and serious manner. We want to be fully prepared, not panicking, as we move forward to ensure adequate funding, respect for science, and evidence‑based decision-making. Congress is taking steps to ensure the country has the resources needed to combat this deadly virus and keep Americans safe. That is why the House will be advancing strong, strategic emergency funding supplementals that fully addresses the scale of this public health situation.
Background on COVID-19
- COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus. And because of how new it is, there is currently no vaccine or cure for it, and there is still a lot we don’t know about it. Most people will recover on their own, but some people can have serious complications that require medical care or hospitalization.
- The illness has reached pandemic proportions, having spread worldwide. As COVID-19 spreads in our state, your life may be disrupted in a variety of ways. Keep yourself and household healthy by following guidelines and exercising proper hygiene.
- As new information emerges from across the globe, please remember that the risk of COVID-19 is not at all connected with race, ethnicity or nationality. Stigma will not help to fight the illness. Seeking and sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is one of the best things we can do to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading. Get your information from trusted sources, like my office, the CDC, and your local Department of Health. Information evolves daily.
It is important to remain vigilant and follow the guidance of public health and emergency management officials as the situation continues to evolve.
My staff and I are here to help.
Health Questions & COVID-19 Information
- The Mecklenburg County Department of Health provides updates on the disease's spread within the state, as well as answers to frequently asked questions. The COVID-19 Information Line for Mecklenburg County Department of Health is 980-314-9400.
- Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. However, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospitals, drug manufacturers, and laboratories across the country are working collectively to develop treatments and vaccines.
- The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help protect against and prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Wash your hands with hot, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your mouth, ideally with an elbow, when you cough or sneeze.
- Get a flu shot, not necessarily because it will prevent the spread of coronavirus, but so that you stay healthy and out of the doctor's office.
- And, if you're not feeling well, stay home from work and get better.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has information specifically for pregnant women and children.
- CDC GUIDANCE ON STRATEGIES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS IN NURSING HOMES: CDC recommends such steps as limiting visitors, aggressive disinfecting of facility, and closely monitoring residents with symptoms of respiratory infection.
- Infographic on the Symptoms of Coronavirus (In English, Spanish, and Chinese)
CDC Fact Sheets:
- CORONAVIRUS: CDC Fact Sheet: What You Need to Know (English)
- CORONAVIRUS: CDC Fact Sheet: What You Need to Know (Spanish)
- CORONAVIRUS: CDC Fact Sheet: What You Need to Know (Chinese)
- CORONAVIRUS: CDC Fact Sheet: What To Do If You Are Sick (English)
- CORONAVIRUS: CDC Fact Sheet: What To Do If You Are Sick (Spanish)
- CORONAVIRUS: CDC Fact Sheet: What To Do If You Are Sick (Chinese)
- CORONAVIRUS: CDC Fact Sheet: What the Public Should Do (English)
- CORONAVIRUS: CDC Fact Sheet: Stop the Spread of Germs (English)
- CORONAVIRUS: CDC Fact Sheet: Stop the Spread of Germs (Spanish)