CDC Recommends Indoor Masking for Vaccinated Individuals in High-Risk Counties
To prevent the further spread of the Delta variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas where the COVID-19 virus has substantial or high community transmission. According to the CDC COVID Data Tracker https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view, Orange County currently has moderate, but not substantial or high, community transmission.
Concerning Trends in Cases and Hospitalizations
After weeks at some of the lowest levels of COVID-19 since last year, the number of COVID-19 cases in Orange County have begun to rise again. An uptick is not unexpected as restrictions on activities are relaxed, but the rising numbers should prompt all of us – vaccinated as well as unvaccinated – to take extra precautions. The three W’s- washing your hands, wearing a mask, and waiting six feet always lower the risk of transmission. However, vaccination is the most effective tool against COVID-19. People who are unvaccinated are at risk for infection by the more contagious and potentially more dangerous Delta variant. Getting a free, effective and safe COVID-19 vaccine is easy.
Learn more: https://www.orangecountync.gov/2617/Vaccine.
- Chapel Hill Vaccine Clinics
2501 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Closed for holidays)
Please call 919-913-8088 to schedule an appointment
Moderna, Pfizer, and Janssen are available
- Hillsborough Vaccine Clinics
2nd Floor, 300 W Tryon St., Hillsborough, NC 27278
Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
*Closed on Monday, Aug. 9; Thursday, Aug. 12; Friday, Aug.13
Please call 877-505-6723 to schedule an appointment
Please call 919-913-8088 for questions
Moderna and Pfizer are available
- Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic
In addition to our regularly scheduled walk-in clinics (see above), the Orange County Health Department is pleased to offer a pop-up vaccine clinic to all community members ages 12 and older. We encourage you to register by calling 919-913-8088 or by visiting https://www.myspot.nc.gov. Walk-ins are also welcome!
- Last Fridays in Hillsborough
104 E. King St., Hillsborough, NC (the old courthouse in Hillsborough)
Friday, July 30 from6 to 9 p.m.
- National Night Out at Gateway Apartments
400 Lakeside Dr., Hillsborough, NC
Tuesday, Aug. 3 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
***$25 gift cards for 1st dose recipients!***
- Sportsplex at Passmore Center
103 Meadowlands Dr., Hillsborough, NC
Wednesday, Aug. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Orange County Extends Local Emergency Declaration Indefinitely
With hospitalizations increasing and the Delta variant spreading, Orange County has extended the local COVID-19 related State of Emergency declaration indefinitely, The extension went into effect Friday, July 23, at 5 p.m. View here: https://www.orangecountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/16643/Amendment-to-the-Declaration-of-State-of-Emergency-in-Orange-County-07-23-21
Orange County's percent positive rate of COVID tests was at 0.4 percent, the week of June 6-12, but has increased steadily since, reaching 1.3% for the week of July 4-10 and 2.9% for the week of July 11-17. Most of the new cases are amongst unvaccinated individuals and are caused by the rapidly spreading Delta variant.
The Health Department continues to urge individuals who are eligible for a vaccine to get the shot. Learn more about how to schedule an appointment here.
Orange County will continue to follow the terms of Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 220 related to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. As noted in Executive Order 220, the Local Education Agencies of Orange County, together with all other public and private schools in Orange County, shall comply with the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/guidance#schools