Social distancing

Orange County chair encourages social distancing to combat spread of COVID-19

With Orange County reporting its first cases of COVID-19 and North Carolina reporting its first case of the virus contracted through community spread, Orange County Chair of the Board of County Commissioners Penny Rich emphasized the importance of social distancing.

“No one knows for certain how many of us will get sick, but the CDC says that in the coming months, most of the U.S. population will be exposed to this virus," she said. "To put this in perspective, in Orange County, we have approximately 146,000 people. If 20 percent of us become infected with COVID-19, approximately 30,000 people in our community will get sick, and some of our residents may die from the disease. That is why social distancing is so important. It slows the rate at which people become sick. It will buy us time and flatten the curve.”

Residents who are at greatest risk of serious or fatal complications include people who are 60 years old and older, as well as people who have any sort of health condition. High risk conditions include heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

“Our medical and healthcare systems are strong, but they are not designed to handle a surge of our population becoming sick all at once," said Rich. "Social distancing will buy us time and flatten the curve. In other words, keeping 6 to 8 feet apart from one another, and adhering to social distancing guidelines is the most important way to show that you care about our Orange County community. It will allow our medical system to catch up and will greatly reduce the number of people who get sick.”

Health officials recommend to avoid the following:

  • Group gatherings
  • Sleepovers
  • Playdates
  • Traveling
  • Church services
  • Visitors in your house
  • Non-essential workers in your house

Please keep your distance when you:

  • Visit a local restaurant to get take out
  • Visit a grocery store
  • Pick up medications
  • Or spend time outside in public spaces

It is safe to do the following:

  • Take a walk. The health department has created stickers that say, “Six feet apart, please.” This is a polite way to remind each other that during the next month or so, we need to give each other a wide berth.
  • Yard work.
  • Clean out a closet or read a good book. Listen to music, have a family game night or stream a favorite show.
  • Remain connected with friends and neighbors, but do so via phone or email. A video chat is a great way to combat social isolation.

Social distancing graphics for download and sharing

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Social distancing stickers

We have created social distancing stickers to remind people to keep a safe distance away from each other while out in public. These stickers can be printed on Avery mailing labels SIZE 94207.

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