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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).
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1 Locations and times are subject to change or cancellation due to weather.
2 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 Department of Public Health is currently administering the COVID-19 vaccine only to individuals in Group 1 and Group 2 of the NCDHHS phased vaccine rollout. These categories include:
- Phase 1: Healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 & long-term care staff and residents
- Phase 2: Anyone 65 years or older, regardless of health status or living situation
Forsyth County Public Health’s COVID-19 vaccine appointment website is now open and taking appointments for seniors over 65 and healthcare workers. The appointment site is Bit.Ly/FCNCCovidVaccine.
For additional information about COVID vaccines, the phases, and FAQ, please go to yourspotyourshot.nc.gov
- Deeper Dive: Group 1 – Health Care Workers and Long-Term Care Staff and Residents
- Deeper Dive: Group 2 – Older Adults
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
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Forsyth County social distancing changes and online services
Forsyth County Government is taking actions to practice social distancing in response to CDC recommendations on novel coronavirus (COVID-19). All county departments remain open to serve the public, but residents are encouraged to use the county’s online services, found at www.forsyth.cc, or call to see if their needs can be met without coming to a county office. here are changes individual departments are making and online resources they have for the public
Beginning Tuesday, March 24, the Forsyth Humane Society is requiring appointments for all transactions. Please call the University North location at (336) 955-1750 to reach FHS staff regarding animal surrender, animal reclaim, adoption, or foster questions.
If you are looking for a lost pet, please check the Forsyth Humane Society’s website and view the stray animals. If you believe you see your lost animal, call to make an appointment.
For licensing payments, you can find those forms here . Please submit the forms with payment by mail or wait until Animal Services is able to resume normal operations to make your payment. During this period, Animal Services will be very lenient on late or unpaid County Pet Licenses.
The NC Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center, has opened to the public with modified hours. Our doors are now open from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m, Monday through Friday. We have missed our visitors! When coming to the building, strict adherence to COVID-19 county policies are in place. When entering the building you must: check in with the front office to be screened, wear a mask over your nose and mouth and keep physical distance. Our lobby is closed, but benches out front will be used to meet with staff, if necessary.
Most Community and Economic Development staff are working from home. Those applying for housing rehabilitation, homeownership, and Small Business IDA programs should call 336-703-2680 so staff can help direct them on how to apply online. For those without internet access, staff can mail them the application form.
County Commissioner meetings will be broadcast live at 2pm on WSTV 13. To comply with Governor's Office guidance on social distancing and indoor mass gatherings, the public may participate remotely by contacting the Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, Ms. Ashleigh Sloop, at (336)703-2020 at least 24-hours before "Regular Business Meetings" of the County Commissioners. (County Commissioner "Briefing Sessions" do not include public participation, only "Regular Business Meetings" where voting may occur.).
The Forsyth County Board of Elections will re-open the office to the general public beginning Monday, May 11, at 8 a.m. As part of Forsyth County’s efforts to take preventative steps to protect the health and safety of employees and the public, Elections staff will be wearing masks and gloves when assisting customers. Everyone coming into our office is asked to respect the 6 feet distancing mark placed on the floor in front of the counter to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. For additional information. please call (336) 703-2800, email email@example.com or visit www.fcvotes.com.
The office’s sale of radon kits has been restored with delivery of pre-paid test kits by mail. Please call the office at (336) 703-2440 for more information or to request a radon test kit.
Environmental Assistance and Protection pollen sampling has been suspended indefinitely, but a daily forecast is being posted on www.forsyth.cc/EAP/pollen.aspx and on Facebook and Twitter by Forsyth Pollen starting in late February until operations can return to normal. EAP will continue using over 20 years of local pollen data to create a good baseline for what is normal for the time of year coupled with both weather and pollen forecasting experience and regional observations to create a same day forecast that should give a rough estimate of pollen levels in the Triad.
We request that all potential applicants for asbestos demolition/renovation permits call the office instead of visiting in person. All regulatory reporting should be submitted to the agency electronically via email.
Fire code inspections are now restricted to construction enforcement, permits, imminent hazard inspections, and inspections that can be done observing the CDC recommendations.
County employment opportunities are listed online here and applications are only accepted online. For more information, call 336-703-2400.
Forsyth County Public Library card holders can reserve books and audiovisual materials online at www.forsythlibrary.org or by calling their local branch for later pickup in front of each library.
Social distancing is enforced and masks are required in Library facilities. Library computer sessions are limited to 30-minute sessions at Southside, Central, Lewisville, Walkertown, Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center and the library’s bookmobile.
You can access the Forsyth County Public Library’s online publications here. The main library number is 336-703-2665.
MapForsyth is not accepting walk-in requests at the moment. We are still able to process all mapping and addressing requests by phone (336) 703-2627 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please go to https://governor.nc.gov/news/executive-orders for details on the Governor's Order details pertaining to indoor and outdoor gathering limits.
Our playgrounds, outdoor basketball, outdoor volleyball and soccer fields are open.
There have also been a number of adjustments in our operations to reduce public contact and maintain proper social distancing. Please visit our website, social media pages, or call 336-703-2500 if you have any questions.
Forsyth County Public Health has a COVID-19 hotline, 336-582-0800, to answer the public's questions about the virus.
WIC- All in-person WIC classes and Nutrition education have been suspended Participants are encouraged to access online classes via wichealth.org. Those without internet access should call the WIC office at 336-703-3333 to request a live class over the phone. Please be prepared to confirm your telephone number and address.
Physical presence of babies under 2 months of age has been temporarily waived, so they are not required to come to the office. WIC employees will still need all the information from the guardian.
All weight checks can be delayed by one month and benefits can be loaded without you having to come to the office. Remember to call and let the WIC office know if you cannot make your next appointment.
Environmental Health- Environmental Health encourages all customers to mail completed applications, along with payment by check, to Forsyth County Department of Public Health, 799 Highland Avenue, Winston Salem, NC 27101.
Complete Onsite Water and Wastewater related material will be put in queue as of the postmark date. If material is incomplete then the entire package, including payment, will be returned.
If you are uncertain as to the best way to deliver material, please call 336-703-3225 for guidance.
Dental Clinic- The Cleveland Avenue Dental Clinic is postponing non-urgent, elective treatments and is only taking emergency visits. Elective treatments and immunocompromised patients are being rescheduled. The clinic can be reached at 336-703-3090.
Restaurant Inspections- Following the latest direction from NC DHHS, Forsyth County Public Health has transitioned from routine inspections of restaurants and bars to visiting establishments that are continuing to operate for the purpose of providing education and guidance. Complaint inspections will continue as usual.
Vital Records- Starting on June 1, we will resume processing of Home Births' birth certificates on Wednesdays only, by appointment only. To make an appointment the required "Home Birth documents package" should be completed beforehand, please contact Keisha Hayes at 336-703-3108 or by email at email@example.com to make an appointment or if there are any questions.
The Public Health Department can be reached at 336-703-3100.
The office will continue to operate under normal business hours, but with some changes to help minimize person-to-person interaction. Couples looking to obtain a Marriage License need to make an appointment by calling 336-703-2700, and only parties to the marriage and interpreters should come into the office to complete the process. Only the requesting party for a Marriage License should come to the office. Customers are encouraged to apply for a Marriage License and request copies of vital records (birth,death and marriage certificates) online at forsyth.cc/rod. For information on Land Records go to forsythdeeds.com.
Out-of-County Birth requests, (EBRS) Amendments and Legitimations will be by appointment from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Documentation and proofs must be pre-approved.This may require more than one appointment.
The office will no longer offer Thank-A-Veteran Discount cards at this time.
The Sheriff’s Office has made changes at the Forsyth County Detention Center, including restricting public visitation except for attorneys, suspending all inmate programs, and checking detention staff and new arrestees for fever and signs of respiratory distress. The Sheriff’s Office number is 336-917-7001.
The Sheriff's Office will no longer be performing fingerprinting services until further notice. The office is still processing handgun permits, including concealed handgun permits (and will only perform fingerprint services for those permits).
Social Services has reopened its first floor lobby to customers. Only 10 customers will be permitted in the building at any given time. Customers must comply with mask and social distancing requirements.
The entryway will have paper applications for services available for pick-up and drop off as well as the ability to drop off a message/change request/call back request. Anyone needing to check on mail received at PO Box 999 will be able to do so between 8:30-9:30 am Monday through Friday only. Please read below for instructions on specific programs.
Many service lines are implementing modifications to processes to allow the public to access information and services through alternative means (when possible):
- All Medicaid and Food and Nutrition Services Applicants can apply on-line at epass.nc.gov, by mail, by phone at 336-703-3800, or by picking up and dropping off paper applications at the building entrance. If you apply online, you may be able to upload the verifications we need to this system. Once we receive your application a caseworker will follow-up with you within 1 business day to gather the information for your household and provide further verification instructions.
- If you already have active Medicaid, Medicaid Transportation or Food and Nutrition Services and you need to report a change, submit documentation, or have questions concerning your active case, you may call (336) 703-3800, or send a fax to 336-727-2842 or 336-727-3130, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Adult Medicaid fax number is 336-727-8491.
- All Child Support customers may call 1-800-992-9457 for case-related information, status of court cases, update case information, and give information. Customers may also call 336-703-3801 for case information, court information, update the case, and to have a message sent to their caseworker. To access case information, apply for Child Support, and access resources online at ncchildsupport.com/ecoa/parentsIndex.jsp
- All NC Health Choice Fee payments, Health Care for the Working Disabled Fee payments, Program Integrity (Fraud) repayments, or Child Support Application Fees can be made via mail-in of a Check, Money Order or Certified Check. Please mail all payments to: Forsyth County Department of Social Services, 741 Highland Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
- For Assistance or Questions regarding any Adult Services, please contact the office at 336-703-3501
Adult Protective Services - To report instances of abuse, neglect or exploitation of adults 18 years of age and older, please call 336-703-3503.
Adult Care Facility Complaints - Please call 336-703-3501 to make any complaints regarding Assisted Living Facilities.
Child Protective Services (CPS) - Our CPS Intake hotline is available 24-hours per day, 7 days per week. If you suspect abuse or neglect, please contact our intake hotline at 336-703-ABUSE or 336-703-2287.
Temporarily Suspended Services
The following services are closed to the public until further notice: Onsite DNA testing, Services through The Employment Lab, Child Support Group Appointments and Program Integrity In-person Interviews are canceled and participants will be contacted by phone or US Mail.
TIPPS/MAPP Foster Parent training classes and Foster Parent Interest meetings
Collections will reopen to the general public beginning June 1. All walk-in visitors needing property tax assistance will be helped in the Tax Payment Collections section of the office. Social distancing will be enforced and PPE is required.
Tax payments may be made 1) online, 2) through its 201 N. Chestnut Street dropbox, or 3) by appointment. To pay online, please click here: http://forsyth.cc/Tax/taxbill.aspx. To make an appointment, please call (336) 703-2300.
Payments can also be made over the phone by calling 1-877-215-0165. You will need to have your bill number and there is a convenience fee for payments over the phone. Payments can be mailed to Forsyth County Tax Collector, P.O. Box 82, Winston-Salem, NC 27102.
Residents can call the Tax Customer Care line at 336-703-2300. You can email requests for tax data to email@example.com
Re-Open Forsyth PPE Kit Program
As part of the County’s Coronavirus Relief Fund Plan the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of PPE items to distribute to local businesses who were forced to close or drastically reduce operations as a result of Covid-19 Stay at Home Order. These PPE kits contain items essential for businesses to continue to operate safely during the pandemic such as masks, gloves, sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes and are free of cost to qualifying local businesses.
Businesses will be contacted by a partnering agency to confirm qualification and schedule pickup of a PPE Kit. Partnering agencies include Forsyth County, all municipalities in Forsyth County, Greater Winston-Salem, Inc., the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce, and the Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce.
- Locally owned & operated in Forsyth County
- Impacted by Covid-19 Stay at Home Order
- Business requires in-person interaction with the public
- Size of PPE kit based on number of employees
- One PPE kit per business
- Kits distributed while supplies last
Ask Questions About the Stay-At-Home Order
Stay-at-Home Order Helpline
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9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Do you have questions about the Governor's Safer at Home Order?
Residents and businesses within Bethania (336) 922-0434, Clemmons (336) 766-7511, Lewisville (336) 945-5558, Rural Hall (336) 969-6856, Winston-Salem 311, and King (336) 983-8265, please refer your questions to those municipalities.
Ask your question below in detail, and you will receive a return email within one business day, depending on the volume of questions.
To speak with someone, call (336) 464-7800 Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.