NC DHHS recommends that people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 avoid large groups of people as much as possible. This includes gatherings such as concert venues, conventions, church services, sporting events, and crowded social events. People at high risk should also avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
CONGREGATE LIVING FACILITIES
NC DHHS recommends that all facilities that serve as residential establishments for high risk persons described above should limit visitors and restrict all visitors who have respiratory illness or potential exposure to COVID-19. These establishments include: nursing homes, independent and assisted living facilities, correctional facilities, and facilities that care for medically vulnerable children.
MASS GATHERING EVENTS
NC DHHS recommends that event organizers:Urge anyone who is sick to not attend.
○Encourage those who are at high risk, described above, to not attend.
○Adopt lenient refund policies for people who are high risk.
○Find ways to give people more physical space to limit close contact as much as possible.
○Encourage attendees to wash hands frequently.
○Clean surfaces with standard cleaners.
NC DHHS recommends that all travelers returning from countries and US states impacted by COVID-19 follow DHHS guidance on self-monitoring: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-....
The following recommendations pertain to persons and establishments in the TRIANGLE area.
NC DHHS recommends that employers and employees use teleworking technologies to the greatest extent possible. Additionally, employers should:
○Urge employees to stay home when they are sick and maximize flexibility in sick leave benefits.
○Consider staggering start and end times to reduce large numbers of people coming together at the same time.
MASS GATHERINGS, COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL EVENTS
NC DHHS recommends that organizers of mass gathering events that primarily draw high-risk persons, including those that attract older adults, should consider cancelling or postponing these events.
Currently, NC DHHS is not recommending pre-emptive school closures.
The recommendations should begin immediately and extend through March 31, 2020. NC DHHS will monitor the situation closely to determine whether to extend the recommendations beyond March 31st
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