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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Orange County announces additional closings due to COVID-19; urges social distancing


Orange County announces additional service disruptions due to COVID-19. Unless a specific end date is given, the changes are in effect until further notice.


Effective Tuesday, March 17, as part of the effort to mitigate and slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Orange County is closing three parks: Fairview Park, Efland-Cheeks Park and Cedar Grove Park. These parks include active recreation facilities such as courts, fields and playgrounds that may encourage gathering and work against the social distancing measures being used as part of the effort to minimize the virus.

Other County parks, which are trails-oriented and more-conducive to social distancing, will remain open at this time on regular hours.

Dental clinic

The Orange County Dental clinic will not perform dental procedures through April 3, as recommended by the American Dental Association. Call (919) 245-2435 for more information.

Social distancing

Orange County Health Department urges residents to practice social distancing to the greatest extent possibile to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Protect Your Health

The Orange County Health Department recommends everyone take simple steps to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. For more information, visit Orange County’s COVID-19 page (

  • Wash hands often with soap and water.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or tissue.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Practice social distancing.

High-risk populations

The Centers for Disease Control makes the following recommendations for people are at higher risk for serious illness (people with underlying health conditions, pregnant women or older adults):

  • Stock up on supplies.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.

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