Learn More about COVID-19
What is COVID-19?
The novel coronavirus causing COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) is NOT the same as the coronaviruses we have seen in the past that cause mild illnesses, like the common cold. The virus spreads through close contact by respiratory droplets and particles that are produced when an infected person breathes, coughs, sneezes, and talks. These particles can then be inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways and lungs. Research also shows that COVID-19 can sometimes spread by airborne transmission, and less commonly through contact with contaminated surfaces.
Infected individuals may have a variety of symptoms, or can be asymptomatic (not show any symptoms). Even those without symptoms will still infect others with the virus. Long term side effects are still being researched, however long-term symptoms have been reported that include: difficulty with thinking and memory problems, acute kidney injury, inflammation of the heart muscle and heart palpitations, lung function abnormalities, and psychiatric changes.
Use the following self-checker from the CDC if you need help deciding if you should get tested or seek medical care for COVID related symptoms or exposure.
The latest updates on current restrictions in North Carolina (Secretary Orders & Executive Orders).
Is it COVID, Seasonal Allergies, or the Flu?
Testing is Available in Our Community
1 The sites listed provide testing for COVID-19. Some require an appointment and/or a referral from a health care provider. Locations are subject to change.
Forsyth County Public Health is now administering vaccines to individuals 6 months and older.
For additional information about COVID vaccines, the phases, and FAQ, please go to yourspotyourshot.nc.gov
To learn more information about how the vaccine phases are determined, you can view the video and links to the right.
How the CDC is Making COVID Vaccine Recommendations
ACIP Meeting Information
NC COVID-19 Case Count
Updated daily by approximately 12:30 pm, but may be subject to delay. - Open Dashboard in new a new window
Forsyth County Government Mask Policy
Masks are optional at County facilities, except for the Public Health Department, which requires masks at its clinics.
The latest guidance from the CDC recommends masking in indoor public places when the COVID Community Level is High. For information on the current COVID Community Level and masking recommendations, visit the CDC's website.
Getting vaccinated is still the best way to prevent serious illness, hospitalizations and death, and slow the spread of the virus. Free COVID-19 vaccinations are widely available in the community, including at the Forsyth County Department of Public Health.