COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Below you will find official COVID-19 information available from North Carolina State, Mecklenburg County, the Town of Davidson, and Davidson College. For the latest information, please refer to each agency's individual website to ensure you are receiving the most up-to-date news. 

For the latest data about the number of cases for the Davidson zip code (28036), please visit North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 interactive dashboard here. At the bottom of the dashboard, you can select "zip code" instead of county and search for 28036 to find results specifically for Davidson. The below results are produced from data through August 2, 2021. 

updated covid stats

Through July 28, 2021, Mecklenburg County reports that 52.0% of the total population are at least partially vaccinated and 48% are fully vaccinated. In the Town of Davidson, approximately 64-84% of residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. To view a county map, click here.

For information and FAQs regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, please click here.

For information about COVID-19 recovery and the American Rescue Plan Act, please click here.

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North Carolina State Updates

On Thursday, June 10, 2021, Governor Cooper announced $4 Million Summer Cash and College Tuition drawings to encourage more North Carolinians to receive COVID-19 vaccines as well as thank those who have. Four vaccinated North Carolinians 18 and older will win $1 million each, and four North Carolinians ages 12 to 17 will win tuition for post-secondary education. Executive Order 219, which has concurrence from the North Carolina Council of State, authorized the drawings. 

Click here to read Executive Order 2019 and click here to read the FAQ. 

The $4 Million Summer Cash and Summer Cash 4 College Drawings will run from June 23 through August. 4. All North Carolina residents 12 and older who have been vaccinated with at least one dose are eligible though some restrictions may apply. Those vaccinated on or after Governor Cooper's June 10 announcement will be entered twice for each drawing, increasing the chance of winning for the newly vaccinated. Drawings will take place every other week on Wednesdays with the first drawing on June 23. New entries will close at midnight on the Sunday prior to the Wednesday drawing. Winners will be verified and then announced.

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On Friday, May 14, 2021, effective immediately, North Carolina has lifted all mandatory capacity, gathering limits, social distancing requirements and easing most mask requirements. Following yesterday’s guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that fully vaccinated individuals can safely do most activities without wearing a mask or the need to social distance from others, the state will remove its indoor mask mandate for most settings. Additionally, the state will lift all mass gathering limits and social distancing requirements. These changes are now in effect.

In accordance with the new CDC guidance, there will still be certain settings where masks and other safety measures will be required.

  • Masks will still be required in childcare, schools and camps as most children are either not yet vaccinated or are not yet eligible to be vaccinated.
  • Everyone, including people who are fully vaccinated, will still be required to wear a mask in certain settings such as public transportation, health care settings like hospitals, doctor’s offices and long-term care settings like nursing homes, and certain congregate settings like correctional facilities and homeless shelters.

NCDHHS will continue to have strong public health recommendations for individuals to continue to protect one another until more people are vaccinated. People who are not vaccinated should wear a mask and maintain distance in all indoor public settings and in outdoor settings when they cannot maintain six feet of distance.

Masks are strongly recommended for everyone at large crowded indoor events like sporting events and live performances. 

Please also note that individual businesses may follow different policies.

Read the Executive Order.

Read a FAQ about today’s Order

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On Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen provided an update regarding COVID-19 in North Carolina. Beginning Friday, April 30, 2021, a new executive order takes effect in which many restrictions are eased. Important points include:

  • Masks will no longer be required outdoors but will still be required indoors in public places. Please note wearing masks is still encouraged in outdoor spaces with large crowds or where social distancing is not possible.
  • Limits on mass gatherings will increase to 100 people indoors and 200 outdoors.

Governor Cooper and Secretary Cohen reminded North Carolinians that social distancing will remain important, as well as an increased number of vaccinations across the state. Secretary Cohen reported 48.7% of the 18+ population in the state is at least partially vaccinated and 39.2% is fully vaccinated. 

Governor Cooper shared the goal to eliminate the indoor mask mandate on June 1, 2021, but clarified that being able to do so depends on whether the state reaches the target goal of partial vaccination of two-thirds of North Carolina adults, and other COVID-19 trends and metrics remaining stable.

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On March 23, 2021, with COVID-19 data trends continuing to move in the right direction, as well as the news that 31.7% of the 18+ population is at least partially vaccinated and 18.8% is fully vaccinated, Governor Roy Cooper and Secretary Mandy Cohen announced the continuation of the dimmer switch approach with Executive Order 204. The new order goes into effect Friday, March 26, 2021 at 5 p.m. Please note that the mask mandate and social distancing requirements remain in effect.

Changes include:

  • Businesses that can operate up to 100% occupancy with safety protocols in place:
    • Retail
    • Museums
    • Aquariums
    • Barbershops and other personal care facilities
  • Businesses that can operate up to 75% occupancy indoors and 100% outdoors with safety protocols in place:
    • Restaurants
    • Breweries and Wineries
    • Amusement Parks
    • Gyms and Pools
  • Some business settings to increase capacity up to 50% with safety protocols in place:
    • Conference Centers
    • Bars
    • Sports Arenas
    • Other Live Performance Venues
  • Restriction on late-night sale of alcohol for on-site consumption is lifted. 
  • Mass gathering limit will be increased to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors. 

To read Executive Order 204, please go here

To read FAQs, please go here.

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On February February 24, 2021, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will carefully ease some of its COVID-19 restrictions. Executive Order No. 195 will take effect February 26, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. and will expire March 26, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Some of the changes include:

  • The nightly 10:00 p.m. curfew will be lifted February 26 when the governor's modified stay-at-home order expires.
  • Many businesses can expand to 50% capacity as long as social distancing, mask wearing, and are safety precautions are still imposed.
  • The on-site sale of alcohol will be extended until 11:00 p.m.
  • Businesses that were operating at 30% capacity will no longer have a 100-person limit.
  • Some indoor businesses will open at 30% capacity with a cap of 250 people.
  • Other mass gathering limits, such as those at private events, will be increased to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.

To read Executive Order 195, go here.

 For FAQs, including specific information pertaining to the highlights above, go here.

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On February 10, 2021, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced plans for how the state will move to Group 3 for COVID-19 vaccines. Because supply is still very limited and the population of frontline essential workers is so large, Group 3 will begin with vaccinating anyone working in child care or in PreK – 12 schools starting beginning February 24. Additional frontline essential workers will be eligible for vaccinations on March 10.

The full announcement can be found here.

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On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, Governor Roy Cooper extended North Carolina's modified Stay-at-Home Order until February 28, 2021. All current mandates and restrictions remain in place, including mandating North Carolinians to wear masks, indoor and outdoor capacity limits, and requiring people to remain at home between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. He also extended the moratorium on evictions for people who cannot pay their rent due to the pandemic. 

Governor Cooper further extended the executive order that allows bars and restaurants to sell cocktails to go until March 31, 2021. 

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On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, Governor Roy Cooper extended North Carolina's modified Stay-at-Home Order for three more weeks, until January 29.  All current mandates and restrictions remain in place, including the requirement for people to remain at home between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.  

Based on the alarming data (96 counties are either red or orange and the positivity rate is currently 17% statewide), Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), issued a directive highlighting the following:

  • Only leave home for essential activities such as going to work or school, for health care purposes, to care for family members or to buy food.
  • Avoid leaving home if you are over 65 or at high risk for developing serious illness. Use delivery services or alternative pick-up methods for food and retail.
  • Avoid gathering with people who do not live with you.
  • Wear a mask and keep distance from people when you leave home.
  • Avoid any indoor public spaces where people are not wearing masks.
  • Stay away from crowds. Avoid places where people may gather in large numbers.

The full directive can be found here.

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On Tuesday, December 8, Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen announced that North Carolina will begin a Modified Stay at Home Order after a rapid increase in North Carolina’s key COVID-19 trends. Executive Order 181, which goes into effect Friday, December 11, requires people to stay at home between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.  The order will be in effect until at least January 8, 2021.

Order 181 requires restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, personal care businesses and more to close at 10:00 p.m. Travel to and from work; to obtain food, medical care, fuel or social services; or to take care of a family member is exempted. Read more in the Frequently Asked Questions document.

Governor Cooper was clear that further action would be taken to slow the spread of the virus if trends do not improve. This could require further limiting of restaurant dining, indoor entertainment or shopping and retail capacity restrictions, among other safety protocols.

Read Executive Order 181 here.
Read the Frequently Asked Questions here.
Read the slides from the December 8 briefing here.

Updated COVID-19 County Alert System Moves Mecklenburg to Orange
Dr. Cohen provided an update on North Carolina’s COVID-19 County Alert System map. The number of red counties (critical community spread) has more than doubled since November 23, up to 48 red counties. There are now 34 orange counties (substantial community spread).

With the most recent report, more than 80% of the state’s counties fall into the red or orange tier. Mecklenburg County is now classified as orange.

Read the update to see where each county stands and how the system was designed.

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On Monday, November 23, Governor Roy Cooper issued additional COVID-19 safety measures to tighten mask requirements and enforcement as cases continue to rise rapidly in North Carolina and across the country.  Executive Order No. 180 goes into effect on Wednesday, November 25 and runs through Friday, December 11.

To read the complete press release, please click here.

To read Executive Order No. 180, please click here.

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On Tuesday, November 17, Governor Roy Cooper and Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), announced a new COVID-19 County Alert System to pinpoint counties with the highest levels of viral spread and offer specific recommendations to bring numbers down. The map will be updated every four weeks.

The system uses metrics to categorize counties into three tiers as follows: 

  • Yellow: Significant Community Spread
  • Orange: Substantial Community Spread
  • Red: Critical Community Spread

 The COVID-19 County Alert System uses a combination of three metrics in determining which tier a county falls into: case rate, the percent of tests that are positive, and hospital impact within the county. To be assigned to the red or orange tier, a county must meet the threshold for case rate for that tier as well as the threshold for either percent positive OR hospital impact.  

  • Case Rate: The number of new cases in 14 days per 100,000 people
  • Percent Positive: The percent of tests that are positive over 14 days 
  • Hospital Impact: A composite score based on the impact that COVID-19 has had on hospitals including percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations, COVID-19 related visits to the emergency department, staffed open hospital beds, and critical staffing shortages over 14 days 

Counties that do not meet the criteria for red or orange are categorized as being in the yellow tier (significant community spread), and it is recommended that those counties continue to be vigilant to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

To see Governor Cooper’s full press release, including recommended actions, please click here

To view a pdf from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services showing the current map, recommended actions for individuals, businesses, community organizations, and public officials to take, and county by county metrics, please click here.

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On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina would remain paused in Phase 3 due to the continued struggle against COVID-19 within the state. Further, Cooper announced that the indoor mass gathering limit would be lowered from 25 people to 10 people. The new Executive Order will remain in effect until at least December 4, 2020.

Read Executive Order No. 176 here.

Read the FAQ document here.

To view guidance related to Thanksgiving celebrations and Black Friday shopping – please click here.

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On Wednesday, October 21, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will remain in Phase 3 and continue implementing safety measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 in our state.  Phase 3 will expire on November 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  Both Governor Cooper and Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, urged North Carolinians to stay vigilant, as daily case counts and associated hospitalizations remain considerably above their levels on May 20, 2020, when the state announced Phase 2 of COVID-19 restrictions and reopening.

Read the full press release from the Governor’s Office.

Read the Executive Order.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions.

Helpful Tool Reminder: SlowCOVIDNC appSlowCOVIDNC

SlowCOVIDNC is the official COVID-19 Exposure Notification app for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). It leverages Bluetooth technology to let app users know if they may have been exposed to COVID-19, enabling them to quickly act to protect themselves and their community. SlowCOVIDNC users can anonymously share a positive COVID-19 test result through the app to notify other app users who may have been in close contact with them of their exposure.

Read more about the SlowCOVIDNC app.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions.

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On Wednesday, September 30, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will further ease restrictions and also continue implementing safety measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 in our state. Phase 3 becomes effective at 5pm today, October 2, 2020, and remains in effect until Friday, October 23, 2020 at 5pm. Both Governor Cooper and Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, urged North Carolinians to stay vigilant, as the state's numbers are stable, but our position remains fragile. 

Read the full press release from the Governor’s Office.

Read the Executive Order.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions.

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On Tuesday, September 1, Governor Roy Cooper and Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), provided an update on the state’s data trends related to several COVID-19 key metrics. Due to encouraging stabilization of specific indicators over the last several weeks, Governor Cooper announced the state would be moving into a modified “Safer at Home” Phase 2.5 beginning this Friday, September 4, 2020 through October 2, 2020.

Read the full press release from the Governor’s Office. 

Read the Executive Order.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions.

For information about how this impacts the Town of Davidson and its residents, please click here.

On Wednesday, August 6, 2020, Governor Cooper extended North Carolina's Safer at Home Phase 2 Order for another five weeks, until September 11, 2020. All other previous requirements remain the same. This follows a previous three week extension from July 14-August 7, 2020. 

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order No. 147 which outlines the extension of the North Carolina Safer at Home Phase 2 Order as well as additional measures to protect lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the continued increase in North Carolina’s daily case counts of COVID-19, the percent of positive COVID-19 tests, and the increase in hospitalizations for COVID-19, Phase 2 will remain in effect until Friday, July 17, 2020 at 5:00p.m. In addition to extending Phase 2, North Carolina Executive Order 147 issues new requirements to wear face coverings to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This requirement goes into effect Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5:00pm. For full details, see North Carolina Executive Order No. 147. See the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service’s website for additional COVID-19 guidance.

On May 20, 2020 Governor Cooper signed Executive Order 141 to lift the North Carolina Stay at Home order, moving the state to a Safer at Home recommendation, and also to transition the state to Phase 2 of further easing certain COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, May 22 at 5:00 p.m. (FAQs)

Governor Cooper signed Executive Order 138 to modify North Carolina’s Stay At Home order and transition to Phase 1 of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, May 8 at 5 p.m. (FAQs | Guidance)

On Thursday, April 23, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper extended the North Carolina  Stay at Home Order has been extended through May 8. Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned and everyone should stay at least 6 feet apart. (Press release) Governor Cooper has also released North Carolina’s plan to lift restrictions based on virus trends. In sharing a path for easing certain restrictions, Governor Cooper says more progress is needed in testing, tracing and trends.

On Thursday, April 9, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 131 which includes stronger statewide social distancing requirements for retail stores still operating. Stores are required to limit the number of customers in the store at any one time and mark six-foot distances for customers at check-out counters. Employers are urged to provide sneeze shields and other protective gear to workers.  In addition, the order also makes earlier COVID-19 guidelines mandatory for nursing facilities and issues changes to speed up certain benefit payments to those who are out of work. This additional order from Governor Roy Cooper goes into effect on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Read the press release and the FAQs.

On Friday, March 27, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 121, a statewide Stay at Home Order beginning Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. until April 29, 2020. The Executive Order directs people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others. Read the press release and the FAQs. For more information, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website here.

This order supersedes the Stay at Home Order already in place in Mecklenburg County and the Town of Davidson.

For the latest information from the State of North Carolina with regards to COVID-19, please visit North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website here