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EHL- Phase 2 Information and Links

As you are aware, on Friday at 5 pm, North Carolina will move to Safer At Home–Phase 2. After two weeks in Phase 1, the state’s overall key indicators remain stable but the continued increases in daily case counts signal a need to take a more modest step forward in Phase 2 than originally envisioned.

In making the announcement to lift COVID-19 restrictions, Governor Cooper said, “North Carolina is using the data to guide our decisions about when to lift COVID-19 restrictions, and overall our key indicators remain stable. Safer At Home Phase 2 is another careful step forward, and we have to continue taking this virus seriously to prevent a dangerous spike in infections.”

“From the beginning, North Carolinians have joined together to confront this crisis. We need to rely upon one another to practice the three Ws [covid19.ncdhhs.gov] as we begin leaving our homes more. When we wear a face covering, wait six feet apart, and wash our hands often, we are showing we care for our loved ones and neighbors,” said Dr. Mandy Cohen.

NC DHHS also unveiled an updated COVID-19 Dashboard [covid19.ncdhhs.gov]. The interactive dashboard provides an overview on the metrics and capacities that the state is following to inform decisions to responsibly ease measures that slow the spread of the virus.

Phase 2 Resources

Interim Guidance for:

As a reminder, the provisions of this Executive Order are enforced by state and local law enforcement.

For questions, please contact Veronica Bryant, Emergency Response and Outbreak Coordinator, at veronica.bryant or by phone at 919-218-6943, or you may contact me at larry.michael or 919-707-5855.

Thank you,

Larry

Larry D. Michael, REHS, MPH

State Environmental Health Director/Section Chief

Division of Public Health, Environmental Health Section

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Office: 919 707 5855

Fax: 919 845 3973

Flyers for Count on Me NC

Last night, the official press release went out announcing the Count on Me NC Program. Several local health departments asked previously if there was print information that could be provided to facilities during regular visits and inspections. I have attached two different flyers. One has graphics and would probably be best promoted digitally. The other is designed to print and is in black and white for ease of printing in house.

Also, a couple of updates. We know that the recommendations will continue to change and there will be updates needed. We plan to email any changes out to those who have completed the course and make nightly changes to the course content as needed. We also are adding to the resources available, which should now include the compliance checklist and the symptom screening questionnaire. The front of house and back of house courses are available as of yesterday, so managers can get job specific training for individuals.

Lastly, look for the final two courses to deploy in the next week or so. These will be a general course on cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting, and a generic business course for Phase 2 guidelines. If you have lodging, pools, tattoo artists, or other facilities that are interested in some sort of training or participating in the program, this will be for them. There will be general business guidelines as well as some specific information for some of these different types of businesses.

Thank you for all you are doing. We hope having this content available makes it easier for everyone to prepare to move into Phase 2 when it is announced. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions.

Veronica Bryant, REHS

Emergency Preparedness and Outbreak Coordinator

Division of Public Health, Environmental Health Section

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

919-218-6943 mobile

Veronica.bryant

5605 Six Forks Road

1632 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1632

Count On Me NC Flyer_BlackandWhite.pdf

Count On Me NC Flyer.pdf

NEHA Seeking Input

NEHA is seeking your input and reaching out to as many professional Sanitarians and Environmental Health Specialists as possible to fully capture appropriate knowledge areas. Please feel free to share with other Environmental Health professionals who may not be on the listserv.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NEHA_REHS-RS [surveymonkey.com]

Take Care and Stay Safe,

Donna Coffey, Board Assistant
NC State Board of Environmental Health Specialist Examiners
P.O. Box 238
Efland, NC. 27243
Telephone: (919) 304-1168
Fax: (919) 304-1165
Cell/Text: (336) 516-5466