Harnett County continues to work with state officials and local agencies to closely monitor the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Residents are encouraged to stay up-to-date with the latest COVID-19 information by reviewing our daily press release. We will continue to provide new information while also communicating reminders for residents during this time.
In today’s update, the following sections include new information:
· Harnett County COVID-19 Data
· Health Guidance to Re-Open Public Schools
· Child & Adult Protective Services Workers Designated as First Responders
As we continue to see an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, the Harnett County Health Department is encouraging the community to follow the Public Health Orders that have been issued. While some of the restrictions have been lifted, the risk of the virus is still prevalent in our county. All residents should continue practicing the three-Ws to protect themselves and others when leaving home. Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people. Wait 6 feet apart and avoid close contact. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
Highlights of the data derived from the confirmed positive COVID-19 cases for Harnett County as of June 10 include:
It is important to remember that the data contained in this release is subject to change as cases are investigated and additional testing is performed.
Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19 in Children. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date. There are many steps you can take to prevent your child from getting the virus that causes COVID-19 and, if he or she does become sick, to avoid spreading it to others.
· Minimize trips outside your house.
· Avoid people who are sick (coughing and sneezing).
· Put distance between your children and other people outside of your home. Keep children at least 6 feet from other people.
· Children 2 years and older should wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth when in public settings where it’s difficult to practice social distancing. **Cloth face coverings should NOT be put on babies or children younger than 2 because of the danger of suffocation.
For more information on how to stop the spread of COVID-19 in children, visit the Health Department’s website at www.harnett.org/health.
New health guidelines released Monday represent a first step to help North Carolina K-12 public schools find a safe way to open to in-person instruction for the 2020-21 academic year, health and education leaders announced Monday.
The StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12) lays out a comprehensive set of baseline health practices that public schools should follow to minimize risk of exposure to COVID-19 for students, staff, and families. In addition to specific requirements, the Toolkit recommends practices that schools should implement to minimize spread of COVID-19 while allowing in-person teaching to resume.
Schools are asked to plan for reopening under three scenarios – Plan A: Minimal Social Distancing, Plan B: Moderate Social Distancing, or Plan C: Remote Learning Only. NC DHHS, in consultation with the State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction, will announce by July 1 which of the three plans should be implemented for schools to most safely reopen. The remaining plans may be needed if the state’s COVID-19 metrics change over time.
Questions about the StrongSchoolsNC Public Heath Toolkit (K-12) should be directed to StrongSchoolsNC@dhhs.nc.gov (in English or in Spanish).
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced that child protective services and adult protective services workers are designated as first responders. This classification will help these critical workers access Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed while working in situations that require face-to-face contact with adults, children and families amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Child protective services and adult protective services are essential to protecting children and adults who are suspected or who have been found to be abused, neglected or exploited. These essential workers need access to complete information to effectively access child and adult safety and well-being. In many cases, the firsthand observation needed to obtain this information requires face-to-face contact with children, adults and families.
The new designation for child protective services and adult protective services workers is in addition to other measures intended to limit face-to-face contacts to the extent possible or conduct visits virtually.
To learn more about Child Protective Services in North Carolina, visit ncdhhs.gov/divisions/social-services/child-welfare-services/child-protective-services.
To learn more about Adult Protective Services in North Carolina, visit ncdhhs.gov/assistance/adult-services/adult-protective-services.