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  • Work to prepare public schools for the fall is underway, but Gov. Roy Cooper says a decision hasn't yet been made on how schools should be opened. "Our goal remains getting children back in classrooms for in-person instruction that is safe for students and their teachers," he said said.
  • Schools scheduled to start in July have been asked to conduct remote learning until a decision is made for in-person learning.
  • The State Emergency Response Team is sending personal protective equipmentincluding 16,500 thermometers, 17,200 face shields, 81,000 gowns and 347,000 surgical masksto school districts and charter schools across the state for nurses and staff who provide health care for students.
  • The N.C. State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction has developed guidance to support public schools in determining plans and strategies for schools in the fall.
  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has released the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit, which outlines essential health practices for schools to operate safely during the 2020-2021 school year.
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  • Ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, health officials report that July 1 was the highest day of confirmed cases of COVID-19 – 1,843 – in the state.

    “We must keep our guard up. This virus is just as contagious and deadly on a holiday as it is any other day,” Gov. Roy Cooper said. “I know we want to gather with family and friends, but we have to remember that a large gathering, especially without masks and social distancing, is one of the most likely places for COVID-19 to spread.”

  • North Carolina has created the nation’s first statewide technology platform, NCCARE360, to coordinate whole-person care in all 100 counties.
  • Face coverings while in public, social distancing and washing hands for at least 20 seconds remain strong, proven methods to help slow the spread of the virus, and they are low-cost, low-tech ways to protect each other and communities without hurting the economy. “Until we have a vaccine for COVID-19, we need to learn to live with this virus, and we need to rely on the tools we have right now to slow the spread of the virus,” Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said. “That starts with the 3Ws: wear, wait and wash.”
  • The best ways to help protect yourself and help slow the spread include:
    • Consistently practice the 3Ws: wear a cloth face covering; wait 6 feet apart; wash your hands frequently.
    • Cooperate with contact tracers if they call.
    • Get tested if you have have been exposed or think you have been exposed even if you aren't showing symptoms.
    • Stay home if you have or have been exposed to COVID-19.
    • Stay home when you can. North Carolina remains under Phase 2 "Safer at Home" restrictions.


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  • North Carolina state parks and recreation areas, as well as trails, are all open, but visitor centers, picnic shelters and swim areas remain closed. Visit the N.C. State Parks website for the open/closed status of individual parks and recreation areas.

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The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has been accompanied by a flood of misinformation from unreliable sources. Be thoughtful about what you read or hear about the virus, and make sure you are separating rumor from fact before you act. If you rely on social media for the latest news and information, turn to these reliable resources:

N.C. Department of Health & Human Services: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

N.C. Emergency Management: Facebook | Twitter

Office of Gov. Roy Cooper: Facebook | Twitter

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Facebook | Twitter

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