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COVID-19

COVID-19

 

This page provides information and resources for you and your family about the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). We are continuously tracking information from local, state, and national public health authorities and creating new resources to support you and your family.

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Latest News

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services created a new website to provide information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including information about the state’s distribution plan and contact information for local vaccine providers.

  • Individuals with Autism and/or IDD moved up in Vaccine Prioritization. Read our Blog update (March 3)
  • Bookmark YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov for the most up-to-date information.
  • Find your vaccine group! Click here
  • Do you want to talk with a live person about the COVID Vaccine? Call the new Vaccine Help Center at 888-675-4567 between 7 AM-7 PM. 
  • Do you need help finding or contacting your local health department? Click here.
  • To see the state’s phased plan for distributing the vaccine click here.
  • NC DHHS COVID Vaccine Update (1/14/2021)
  • Learn more about the development and safety of the COVID vaccine in this DHHS handout.
  • Strategies for Managing Stress – Online Facebook series  – NCDHHS’ Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse
  • Transportation Assistance Efforts Increase –  The state has coordinated with a variety of local transit agencies to provide transportation to vaccination locations. Local transit agencies serve all 100 North Carolina counties. People needing transportation assistance to a COVID-19 vaccine appointment should contact their local transit agency by phone for assistance.  

 

ASNC Events – Please check our calendar frequently. We are offering online webinars, chapter meetings, and more to support your family during this time.

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General Helplines

  • NC Coronavirus Helpline provides education about the virus and guidance on what to do if coronavirus is suspected (open 24 hours, seven days a week): 866-462-3821 or text VIRUS to 336-379-5775
  • COVID-19 Triage Plus Helpline answers COVID-19 questions and helps find necessary care regardless of insurance coverage or lack of coverage (open 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week): 877-490-6642
  • Hope4NC Helpline 24/7 connects callers to mental health and resilience supports: 855-587-3463
  • Hope4Healers Helpline for care professionals 24/7: 919-226-2002

Tips to Protect You and Your Family

  • Practice the 3 Ws (Wear a cloth face covering, Wait 6 feet apart, Wash your hands often & use hand sanitizer)
  • When you wash your hands, do so for at least 20 seconds in hot, soapy water. Handwashing Steps from the CDC
  • Practice social distancing. While out, maintain at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Cover your mouth (not with your hands) when coughing or sneezing to prevent the spread of germs
  • If you or your child is not feeling well, stay home
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Regularly clean surfaces that are frequently touched
  • Download the SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification app – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) has launched an app that will help North Carolinians slow the spread of the virus by alerting them when they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. It is completely anonymous and does not collect, store, or share personal information or location data. 
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Education Update and Resources

Food, Housing, and Employment Assistance

  • Social services: Dial 211 for information about and referrals to social services such as food, clothing, shelters, housing, utility assistance, mental health and health resources, employment supports, family support, and more
  • Meals for children: Families who need help finding meals for their children ages 18 and younger can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877.
  • No Kid Hungry NC list of food distribution sites during school closures
  • Find your local food bank
  • Unemployment Insurance information and FAQs
  • WellCare: Coronavirus Resource Guide
  • Internet map to find free or low-cost internet service for students
  • Healthy Helping provides $40 per month for fruits and vegetables at North Carolina Food Lion stores for current SNAP recipients impacted by COVID-19.
  • The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a federally-funded program that provides for a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills. More information: English | Spanish

Mental Health Supports

The Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7/365 crisis counseling and support for anyone experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including public health emergencies. Calls to 1-800-985-5990 and texts of “TalkWithUs” to 66746 are answered by a network of independently operated crisis centers, which provide psychological first aid, emotional support, crisis assessment and intervention, and referrals to local/state behavioral health services for follow-up care and support.

Medical Forms and Insurance Information

Recommended Sources of Information

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 page for facts about the virus, tips on prevention and treatment, and other information
  • NC COVID-19 page for North Carolina-specific information on the disease, executive orders, resources, unemployment, child care, help for small businesses, and more
  • Check My Symptoms,apublic website that allows people to enter their symptoms and determine whether they should get tested for COVID-19
  • Find My Testing Place, a public website that allows people to input their county or ZIP code and access a list of nearby testing site locations
  • CDC’s Share Facts page for a quick summary of facts and myths