Orange County requires face coverings indoors in public as of 5 pm August 11.
Learn more about testing for COVID-19.
Social distancing, also called physical distancing, is a vital way to stay healthy during a pandemic.
If you are able to learn to keep good hand hygiene it is so much easier to stay healthy.
Stay at Home
Everything you need to know about the "Safer at Home" guidance.
How to Gather Safely
Lo que debe saber sobre el Coronavirus (COVID-19).
All resources about COVID-19 in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, ASL, Burmese, Karen, Kinyarwanda, and Swahili.
Orange County Health Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, or sex.
We provide answers to commonly asked questions about coronavirus.
A list of information and resources about food, health, education, housing, and more.
Myths & Facts
Long Term Care Facilities
NCDHHS and OCHD have worked closely with long-term care facilities. Learn more.
Places of Worship
|How to Help|
Want to volunteer or support local organizations and groups that are responding to COVID-19? Here’s how.
|For informational videos from the Orange County Health Department, follow us on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/OCHDNC. Recent productions include:English - November 2020: K-12 Schools and Guidance for Thanksgiving|
|Public Health Chat|
English - June 2021: Common COVID-19 questions and meet the medical director.
English- May 2021: Common COVID-19 questions and meet the mobile vaccination team
English - April 2021: Why did you get your COVID-19 vaccine?
English - March 2021: One Year Into the Pandemic Special
English - February 2021: Vaccine Planning and Orange County Business Contest
English - January 2021: Battle Winter Depression and a COVID-19 Vaccine Update
English - December 2020: Vaccination Plan and How to Celebrate the Holidays Safely
English - November 2020: K-12 Schools and Guidance for Thanksgiving
English - October 2020: K-12 Schools and Halloween Guidance
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Español - Confianza / Trust
Español - Mitos y Realidades / Myths and Facts
Español - Mente Sana / Mental Health
Español - Vacunas/ Vaccines
|How to Gather Safely in a Pandemic (English, Español) - November 23, 2020|
|Fiestas en el Tiempo de COVID-19 / Celebrations and Parties During COVID-19 (Español) - September 14, 2020|
|COVID-19 Safety Plans for Churches and Faith Communities (English, Español) - August 19, 2020|
|Phase One of the Stay at Home Order (English, Español) - May 8, 2020|
|Orange County Sheriff's Office Message to the Community (English, Español, Chinese/Mandarin, Arabic, Burmese, Karen, Kinyarwanda, & Swahili) - April 28, 2020|
Please visit our videos page on helpful videos about COVID-19 on a variety of topics, including cloth face coverings, social distancing, and how to protect yourself from COVID-19.
Orange County Government cares about diversity, equity and inclusion. As a community, we need to be mindful of xenophobia (dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries).
As this novel coronavirus spreads, so does xenophobia. We want to avoid any speech or action that would make minorities in our community feel exposed and vulnerable. Pathogens and viruses do not discriminate, however humans do.
The Orange County Health Department will not contribute to racial profiling and marginalization, portraying the carrier of this illness as “foreign and alien.” We will stick to the science and treat all community members with respect.
Learn how to have a fun and safe Halloween this year! Check out the latest guidance.
PRESS RELEASE: Indoor mask mandate reinstated for Orange County effective Wednesday, August 11 at 5 pm.
If you feel a business is failing to adhere to the COVID-19 policies, please fill out this form so that an Environmental Health Specialist can work with the business to comply with the requirement:
PRESS RELEASES: Stay up to date with the latest information from the OCHD by visiting the press release page. https://www.orangecountync.gov/2410/COVID-19-Media
Sign up to receive press releases by emailing Kristin Prelipp, Public Information Officer and Communications Manager for OCHD at email@example.com.
MEDIA INQUIRIES: Please direct any media inquiries to OCHD Public Information Officer and Communications Manager, Kristin Prelipp at (919) 245-2462. Direct public information requests related to Orange County’s COVID-19 response to Todd McGee, Orange County Community Relations/EOC Public Affairs, at (984) 220-5412 or by using THIS FORM.
- Newsletter: Sign up for the COVID-19 newsletter from the Orange County Health Department.
- Missed past newsletters?Go here:
- Text updates: To receive daily text updates Monday through Friday, text ocnchealth to 888-777.
- Actualizaciones de texto: para recibir actualizacions diarias de lunes a viernes 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general questions about Coronavirus, contact NCDHHS at:
If you are an individual or a medical practice with questions, 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 email@example.com or 919-245-2462
Please direct any media inquiries or public information requests related to Orange County’s COVID-19 response to Todd McGee, Orange County Community Relations/EOC Public Affairs, at (984) 220-5412 or firstname.lastname@example.org