In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, AARP North Carolina is providing information and resources to help older adults and those caring for them protect themselves from the virus and help prevent it from spreading to others.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency, with schools and some businesses being closed until May 15 to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.
If you have coronavirus symptoms, call your health care provider or local public health department to figure out if you could — and should — get tested. Signs of the virus are a dry cough, fever and shortness of breath. (Read more about coronavirus and how to stay safe.)
COVID-19 tests are available as needed, and it is not necessary for everyone to be tested for COVID-19 at this time.
Testing is recommended if you have fever or lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within the past 14 days; OR
- Have fever and lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and a negative rapid flu test
Up-to-date state and local health information:
- The NC Department of Health and Human Resources offers updates on those infected, plus tips for prevention, public resources and contact information. The Department also has links to local/county health centers, agency on aging, hospitals and more.
- For COVID-19 assistance including medical, food and recovery services and information, call NC 211 by dialing 2-1-1 or calling 1-888-892-1162, TTY # 800-735-0533.
Food assistance resources:
- If financial difficulty is a barrier to food, use this link to find your closest food bank and other food assistance programs in your area.
- Apply for unemployment benefits or file a claim for benefits with the Division of Employment Security (DES).
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- Practical Tips to Help Caregivers Reduce Exposure
- A Practical Guide for Concerned CaregiversHow to get prepared, reduce loved one's exposure
- 7 Ways to Boost a Loved One's MoraleHelping others keep a positive mindset
- Preparing for COVID-19: A ChecklistDetailed advice from the CDC