Learn More about COVID-19
What is COVID-19?
The novel coronavirus causing COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) is NOT the same as the coronaviruses we have seen in the past that cause mild illnesses, like the common cold. The virus spreads through close contact by respiratory droplets and particles that are produced when an infected person breathes, coughs, sneezes, and talks. These particles can then be inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways and lungs. Research also shows that COVID-19 can sometimes spread by airborne transmission, and less commonly through contact with contaminated surfaces.
Infected individuals may have a variety of symptoms, or can be asymptomatic (not show any symptoms). Even those without symptoms will still infect others with the virus. Long term side effects are still being researched, however long-term symptoms have been reported that include: difficulty with thinking and memory problems, acute kidney injury, inflammation of the heart muscle and heart palpitations, lung function abnormalities, and psychiatric changes.
Use the following self-checker from the CDC if you need help deciding if you should get tested or seek medical care for COVID related symptoms or exposure.
The latest updates on current restrictions in North Carolina (Secretary Orders & Executive Orders).
Is it COVID, Seasonal Allergies, or the Flu?
Testing is Available in Our Community
1 The sites listed provide testing for COVID-19. Some require an appointment and/or a referral from a health care provider. Locations are subject to change.
Forsyth County Public Health is now administering vaccines to everyone ages 12 and older.
For additional information about COVID vaccines, the phases, and FAQ, please go to yourspotyourshot.nc.gov
To learn more information about how the vaccine phases are determined, you can view the video and links to the right.
How the CDC is Making COVID Vaccine Recommendations
ACIP Meeting Information
NC COVID-19 Case Count
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Forsyth County Government Mask Policy
Forsyth County Government has updated its mask policy following new CDC guidance and will no longer require masks for those who are vaccinated— except for certain county facilities and activities— beginning Monday, May 24.
Visitors who are not vaccinated will be required to wear a facemask at all times at county facilities. Everyone will still be required to wear a mask at the following:
- Department of Public Health
- Hall of Justice
- Law Enforcement Detention Center
- Smith Reynolds Airport
Everyone will also be required to wear a mask:
- When receiving patient care through the Emergency Services Department.
- When participating in indoor youth programs at places like Cooperative Extension or a library.
Signs will be posted at entrances to county facilities informing the public they must wear a facemask if they’re not vaccinated. County facilities will continue to offer masks to each visitor who wants one or is required to wear one. Anyone who needs a special accommodation can contact the respective department.
There may be special circumstances when County Management may implement stricter requirements for large crowded indoor events or when serving vulnerable populations.
Re-Open Forsyth PPE Kit Program
As part of the County’s Coronavirus Relief Fund Plan the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of PPE items to distribute to local businesses who were forced to close or drastically reduce operations as a result of Covid-19 Stay at Home Order. These PPE kits contain items essential for businesses to continue to operate safely during the pandemic such as masks, gloves, sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes and are free of cost to qualifying local businesses.
Businesses will be contacted by a partnering agency to confirm qualification and schedule pickup of a PPE Kit. Partnering agencies include Forsyth County, all municipalities in Forsyth County, Greater Winston-Salem, Inc., the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce, and the Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce.
- Locally owned & operated in Forsyth County
- Impacted by Covid-19 Stay at Home Order
- Business requires in-person interaction with the public
- Size of PPE kit based on number of employees
- One PPE kit per business
- Kits distributed while supplies last
Ask Questions About the Stay-At-Home Order
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Do you have questions about the Governor's Safer at Home Order?
Residents and businesses within Bethania (336) 922-0434, Clemmons (336) 766-7511, Lewisville (336) 945-5558, Rural Hall (336) 969-6856, Winston-Salem 311, and King (336) 983-8265, please refer your questions to those municipalities.
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To speak with someone, call (336) 464-7800 Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.