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If you meet the following criteria you should CALL your doctor or the Health Department at 910-875-3717 to be triaged by the nurse before going to your primary care doctor or Health Department.

People who are asymptomatic under quarantine 14 days are not tested until they have COVID-19 symptoms

Patients are tested for COVID-19 if they meet the following criteria:

1. Fever OR signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness (for example, cough, shortness of breath) in any person, including healthcare workers, who have had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset.

2. Fever AND signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness AND negative influenza test (rapid or PCR) and no other more likely diagnosis.

Regarding the Governor’s Executive Order No. 118 and the DHHS Secretary’s Order of Abatement of Imminent Hazard:


First, I’d like to emphasize that local health departments are not responsible for enforcing the Order provisions. Permit action must not be taken for any violation of the Orders. The provisions of Executive Order 118 and the Order of Abatement will be enforced by local law enforcement officers.


With respect to the question about outdoor seating:


The intent of Executive Order 118 is to limit the congregation of individuals by prohibiting sit-down service in restaurants.  Congregation is strongly discouraged to limit the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants are allowed to provide carryout, drive-through and delivery options. Restaurant staff are not permitted to serve patrons indoors or in the outdoor seating area. If a restaurant has outdoor seating, onsite consumption in the outdoor seating area is only permitted for carry-out food, and is subject to mass gathering restrictions and social distancing guidelines.  Local law enforcement agencies and district attorneys are generally responsible for enforcement of the Order provisions. Law enforcement officers are authorized to enforce the Order pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 166A-19.30(a)(2) and violations are punishable as a Class 2 misdemeanor in accordance with N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-288.20A.  

In addition, pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 130A-18 and 130A-25, failure to comply with the imminent hazard abatement order issued by the Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services may result in injunctive relief or prosecution for a misdemeanor offense.


Thank you,


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