Governor Cooper directs creation of Novel Coronavirus Task Force to continue protective efforts

North Carolina
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) On Tuesday, Governor Roy Cooper formalized the state’s ongoing effort to monitor, prepare for and respond to the 2019 novel coronavirus with a state Novel Coronavirus Task Force.

The task force will continue to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and coordinate across state agencies to protect the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians.

The force will be chaired by Dr. Elizabeth Cuervo Tilson, North Carolina State Health Director and the Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Mike Sprayberry, Director of North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM), for the Department of Public Safety.

Governor Cooper says, ” Though currently, the risk to North Carolinians is low, we are taking a proactive approach and are prepared for potential scenarios. This task force will continue coordination between our agencies and federal partners so we can keep the public informed and safe.”

Currently, DHHS is working with local health departments and clinicians to evaluate any potential cases and coordinate care and testing as needed.

Working closely with the CDC, the department is coordinating health information sharing as this situation continues to evolve. 

North Carolina has not had any confirmed cases of the virus.

Remember that the steps to take to prevent the spread of flu and the common cold are:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are ill.

If you have any questions or concerns call 866-462-3821 for more information. Press 1 for English or to ask for a language interpreter. Spanish speakers should press 2. To submit questions online, go to www.ncpoisoncontrol.org and select “Chat.”

There are also resources available on the Division of Public Health website at www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus and on the CDC’s website at cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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