With the spread of COVID-19, Moore County has been taking extra precautions to keep residents safe.
The county encourages residents to immediately call 9-1-1 if emergency warning signs for respiratory illness are developed. In adults, these typically include: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, and bluish lips or face.
Maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet away from others is recommended to avoid exposure.
To further protect from infection the following is encouraged: washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching face with unwashed hands, avoid close contact with those who are sick, cover all coughs and sneezes with a tissue then dispose of tissue in the trash, and frequently disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
There have been at least two unrelated cases of COVID-19 in Moore County.
The County has taken extra caution by shutting down all restaurant indoor & outdoor dining, all self-service food buffets & salad bars, fitness centers, salons, massage locations, and group activity locations.
On March 16th, schools closed and converted to online platforms to adhere to the social distancing guidelines.
Churches have also stopped meeting or have switched to online platforms in order to slow the spread of the virus.
While some hope to return to life as usual by April or May, there are others who speculate that the social distancing may, in fact, take longer in order to keep loved ones safe.
Those who do leave their homes are encouraged to wear face masks as an added protection against COVID-19. Hospitals have been collecting homemade masks as a result of an impressive shortage of supplies.
For more updates on COVID-19, visit the CDC website at cdc.gov/coronavirus.