- On March 13, 2020
Wake County Board of Commissioners Chairman Greg Ford today declared a State of Emergency in response to COVID-19. The county has received eight presumptive positive test results to date from the state lab in Raleigh.
“Although the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus remains low in Wake County, I signed a State of Emergency declaration today as a proactive move to ensure we have the flexibility we need to respond to this ever-changing situation in the days and weeks ahead,” said Chairman Ford. “This is largely an administrative action and should not heighten fears or fuel panic among our residents.”
The State of Emergency declaration signed by Chairman Ford will enable the county to utilize liability coverage and swiftly activate any emergency plans or mutual aid agreements and waive internal purchasing policies, so the county can react to any future issues with speed and agility. Having the document already in place also helps the county coordinate with its municipal partners on administrative needs.
The declaration does not change the current recommendations from the Wake County Public Health Division and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services regarding schools. They continue to advise against closing schools, because children have not been identified as a high-risk population for COVID-19. Both the state and the county do recommend, however, that schools consider canceling or postponing large events, such as field trips or school assemblies.
Wake County has made it easy for you to stay updated on the latest information about COVID-19.
You can visit the county’s bilingual COVID-19 webpage, which has a set of frequently asked questions to educate residents in English and in Spanish. You can also email us questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call our COVID-19 information line at 919-856-7044. The county is sharing important information on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are also good resources for up-to-date, accurate information about this evolving situation.