Edgecombe County Health Department

Health Department

Edgecombe County Health Department

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Governor Cooper Announces Statewide Stay at Home Order Until April 29

March 27, 2020 ~ Press Release: First Positive COVID-19 Case in Edgecombe County

 An Edgecombe County Resident Test Positive for COVID-19

An Edgecombe County Resident has tested positive for the COVID-19.  The test was conducted by a health care provider and sent to their lab.  The Edgecombe County Health Department is working to notify close contacts of this person.

The CDC defines close contact as being within approximately 6 feet of a person with an infection with COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time of 10 minutes or longer.  Based on information provided by the individual, county health officials will assess risks of exposure, determine which if any additional measures are needed such as temperature and symptom checks, quarantine and/or testing.

Because COVID-19 is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, North Carolinians should take the same measures that is recommended to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses, including washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, staying home if you are sick and covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow.  “It is important that everyone practice social distancing, washing your hands and shelter at home as much as possible.  This is to protect yourself and your love ones who are at high risk which includes being over age 65 and/or having a chronic disease, stated Karen Lachapelle, Health Director.”

It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from a reliable sources like the Edgecombe County Health Department, CDC, North Carolina Department of Public Health website at www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus

Edgecombe County Health Department and Edgecombe County Government regularly update our webpages (edgecombecountync.gov) with accurate and current information regarding COVID-19. We encourage the public to check out our website for up-to-date information. You will also find information on the Edgecombe County Facebook page.

Symptoms for COVID-19 are fever, cough, and other lower respiratory illness (shortness of breath).  If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please call your doctor or the Edgecombe County Health Department at 252-641-7511.  The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, until further notice.




Updated Guidance 3-20-20 - Webpage

NC to Close Restaurants & Bars for Dine-In Customers, Allow Takeout and Delivery Operations to Continue
Click this link for more information on Governor Roy Cooper's Guidance

Click this link for - Guidance on COVID-19 for Individuals & Families; Colleges, Schools & Child Care; Businesses & Employers; Providers; Long-term Care Facilities; Travel

COVID-19 Guidance for:
~Food Establishments
~School Meal Delivery
~Food Safety
~Boxed Meals

NC Criteria for COVID-19 Testing

~Fever OR Lower Respiratory Symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) with exposure to a CLOSE contact with CONFIRMED COVID-19 patient within the past 14 days. 

~Fever AND Lower Respiratory Symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) AND Negative Flu Test

Travel history is no longer a factor in determining criteria for testing. The above scenarios is the guidance for COVID-19 testing. **Note: Close contact = encounter within six (6) feet for 10 minutes or more or having direct contact with secretions. 

For more information on COVID-19, click this link to the CDC

Jevita Terry, FNP is providing clinical services at both of our locations ~ Monday's in Tarboro from 8:30am-4:30pm, and Tuesday's & Wednesday's in Rocky Mount from 8:30am-4:30pm. Please call 252-641-7511 or 252-985-4100 to make an appointment.
Services offered:

  • Child Health Services including: Well Child-Checks, Sick Care, Sports Physicals, Pre-K & Kindergarten Physicals
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections Services
  • Family Planning Services
  • Immunizations
  • DOT Physicals

We exist to serve all citizens in the prevention of disease and injury through protection, promotion, and delivery of quality, cost-effective services for community, personal, and environmental health.

Karen W. Lachapelle, MAEd
Health Director

Edgecombe County Health Advisory Committee
meets the 3rd Tuesday every-other-month @ 7:00pm (except the month of July)

2019 Meeting Schedule
January 21, 2020
March 17, 2020
May 19, 2020
September 15, 2020
November 17, 2020

Meetings are held at the Edgecombe County Human Services Building located at 122 E. St. James Street in Tarboro - 1st floor conference room. All are welcome to attend. Time is allotted at the beginning of the meeting for public comments.

Notice of Privacy Practices
Aviso de Practica de Privacidad

For public comments or questions, please call 252-641-7511
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