Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Social media

For the latest on COVID-19 and its impacts in Orange County, follow the Health Department on social media at the links below.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Newsletter: Sign up for the COVID-19 newsletter from the Orange County Health Department.
  • Text updates: To receive daily text updates, text ocnchealth to 888-777.
  • Actualizaciones de texto: para recibir actualizacions diarias en Espanol mande mensaje ’OCNCSALUD’ a 888777
  • Hotline: Questions about COVID-19? Call (919) 245-6111 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Spanish language and other languages available.
  • Email: Email your questions to


Information on Orange County positive cases

By law, Orange County cannot share any patient demographics about positive COVID-19 cases. Information that identifies a person who has or may have COVID-19 is protected by North Carolina’s communicable disease confidentiality law, G.S. 130A-143.

When the information is maintained by a local health department, it is protected by HIPAA as well. The address alone is sufficient to make the information individually identifiable, even without the name. Therefore, the information must be managed in a way that complies with these laws. We will not ever share race, age, sex or zip code.


COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus) was deemed a pandemic on March 11 by the World Health Organization.

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From CBC News, this video contains information about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak  which is spreading fast. It asks, "What do we actually know about the illness?" CBC News medical contributor and family physician Dr. Peter Lin breaks down the facts about what it is, where it came from, how it spreads and what you can do to protect yourself.
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For general questions (not urgent) about 2019 Novel Coronavirus, contact NCDHHS at:
1-866-462-3821 to address general questions about coronavirus from the public.

If you are an individual or a medical practice with questions about COVID-19, call the Orange County Health Department at  919-245-6111 during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

After hours, call 911 and ask for the Communicable Disease Staff member on-call.

Contact Kristin Prelipp, the Orange County Health Department’s Public Information Officer at:

Orange County Health Department:
Phone: 919-245-2400
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