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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources: COVID-19 Resources

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COVID-19 Help

Find out if you are currently eligible for a vaccine, sign up to get notified, or find a vaccine provider at
Get Your Shot (Orange County NC)

If you have specific questions or concerns related to coronavirus, call the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services (NC DHHS) 24/7 phone number
or visit the NC DHHS Coronarivus website for more information.

In the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

You can also submit questions online by selecting Chat at


Need someone to talk to?
You are not alone.

SAMHSA's National Helpline (24/7)
call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7)
call 800-273-TALK (8255) or chat with a person at the Lifeline here.

National Domestic Violence Helpline (24/7)
call 1-800-799-7233
text LOVEIS to 22522
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The Health Sciences Library cannot offer medical advice.  Please use the resources above or contact a licensed medical professional for COVID-19 diagnosis or treatment.

Call the HSL at (919) 962-0800 (during library hours).

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Latest News

For the latest information, residents of North Carolina should visit image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)the
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 
section of the Centers for D
isease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.



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COVID-19 Scholarship by UNC-Chapel Hill Researchers

Research contributing to discoveries associated with COVID-19 has been growing UNC's organizational collaborations on Covid researchon the UNC campus over the past year. To help increase visibility of this integral research and illustrate the extensive organizational collaborations that help move UNC research forward, a team from University Libraries – Health Sciences Library analyzed the COVID-19 research output of UNC Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) researchers. Between January 2020 and April 2021, a total of 782 UNC-CH researchers have authored 579 publications.

Access the full report and supplementary data at:

Face Coverings

In Orange County, masks are no longer required in public spaces, but wearing a mask can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The CDC recommends wearing a face covering in public settings where other social distancing is difficult (e.g. grocery stores and pharmacies). Wearing a mask and social distancing will especially help people with underlying health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and asthma. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the covering without assistance.

Per UNC policy as well as federal, state, and county guidelines, masks are required in all healthcare and university transit settings.
As of October 3, 2022, these requirements include:
  • UNC Medical Center clinical areas, public hallways, and hospital-provided transportation
  • Campus Health facilities
  • The University Employee Occupational Health Clinic
  • Carolina Together Testing Center
  • Student Stores Pharmacy and the Carolina Together Vaccination Clinic
  • Any patient clinics on campus
  • University transit, including P2P, Safe Ride and U and RU buses


Calculate Your Covid Risk

Getting a Vaccination

Everyone aged 6 months and up is eligible to receive a vaccine!

Find a COVID-19 vaccine:
Search, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.


Vaccine providers near Orange County NC:

  • Orange County Health Department ― Visit their Get Your Shot page to sign up or call 919-913-8088 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. seven days a week. 
  • UNC Health ― Visit the Get Vaccinated page or call 984-215-5485 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Piedmont Health Services ― Visit the COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination page or call 919-545-3452.
  • Hillsborough Pharmacy ― Visit their Home Page or call 919-245-1212.
  • Duke Health ― Visit the COVID-19 Vaccines Update page to join the waiting list. If you are a Duke MyChart user, you can check Duke MyChart regularly to view appointment availability.
  • Cone Health ― Visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Information page to join the waiting list.
  • Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System ― Call 919-286-0411 and dial 0 for the operator to schedule an appointment if you are a veteran at high risk or a veteran frontline essential worker. See the system’s website for more information. See the COVID-19 Vaccine for High Risk Veterans to see the listing of veterans eligible now for vaccination through the VA.

Data from Get Your Shot (Orange County NC)

Getting a vaccine booster shot

An updated COVID-19 booster is now available for people 12 and older, two months after they finish their primary series or any booster dose. It offers the most up-to-date protection against the latest Omicron variants. People age 5-11 can still get the original booster. The boosters, like all COVID-19 vaccines, are safe to get alongside the annual flu vaccine.

Covid Treatments

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved one drug, remdesivir (Veklury), to treat COVID-19.

Three anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibody products currently have Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in nonhospitalized patients with laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection who are at high risk for progressing to severe disease and/or hospitalization. The FDA also issued an EUA for high-titer COVID-19 convalescent plasma and only for the treatment of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 early in the disease course or hospitalized patients who have impaired immunity.

Monoclonal Antibody Treatments against Covid-19 are available at several UNC Health locations.

The criteria for patients to be considered for Monoclonal Antibody infusion therapy are:

  • Test positive for SARS-CoV-2
  • Have at least mild symptoms for no more than seven days
  • Are age 65 plus or less than 65 but have a chronic health problem that puts you at risk for severe COVID-19. These include obesity, diabetes, lung disease, and heart disease, among others.

To find out if you are at high risk and eligible for COVID 19 Monoclonal Antibody infusion therapy, please call the UNC COVID Help Line at 888-850-2684, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., 7 days a week.

UNC is also part of a large study that is working to identify additional medications to treat COVID. The project is called Rise Above COVID or the ACTIV-2 Study is investigating medicines to see if they can help adults with COVID-19 recover more quickly.

You could be eligible to participate in the study if you tested positive for Covid-19 less than 10 days before, are not in the hospital, and have Covid-19 symptoms.

Drugs not recommended for treatment of Covid-19

The COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel (the Panel) provides recommendations for using antiviral drugs to treat COVID-19 based on the available data.  The following drugs have been evaluated by the Panel and not recommended, or there is not enough evidence for the Panel to make a recommendation

  • There is insufficient evidence for the Panel to recommend either for or against the use of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19. Results from adequately powered, well-designed, and well-conducted clinical trials are needed to provide more specific, evidence-based guidance on the role of ivermectin in the treatment of COVID-19.
  • The Panel recommends against the use of nitazoxanide for the treatment of COVID-19, except in a clinical trial (BIIa).
Hydroxychloroquine or Chloroquine and/or Azithromycin
  • The Panel recommends against the use of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine and/or azithromycin for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients (AI) and in nonhospitalized patients (AIIa).
Lopinavir/Ritonavir and Other HIV Protease Inhibitors
  • The Panel recommends against the use of lopinavir/ritonavir and other HIV protease inhibitors for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients (AI) and in nonhospitalized patients (AIII).

Rating of Recommendations: A = Strong; B = Moderate; C = Optional
Rating of Evidence: I = One or more randomized trials without major limitations; IIa = Other randomized trials or subgroup analyses of randomized trials; IIb = Nonrandomized trials or observational cohort studies; III = Expert opinion 

UNC-Chapel Hill Resources

UNC-Chapel Hill Updates

Information on the University’s response to COVID-19, the Carolina Together Testing Program, and our COVID-19 Community Standards. 

Students, Faculty, Staff, and Researchers

COVID-19 information as it relates to UNC Health and affiliated hospitals,
preparations, as well as tips for staying healthy

North Carolina Resources

Statewide Resources

Triangle County Information

Links to public health alerts, advisories, and updates as well communicable disease prevention information and resources you need

Links to information on COVID-19 vaccinations,
reporting, testing, and guidance for specific groups

Links, videos, and tools for Orange County residents

About COVID-19

Situation Summary

CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

Public Health Information

Travel Information

About COVID-19 Variants

Information on the Omicron Variant

Video: WHO's Science in 5 on COVID-19: Omicron variant

Podcast: BA.5: The Omicron Subvariant Driving Up Cases — And Reinfections

Podcast: When Should I Get my Omicron Booster Shot?