COVID-19

MOST RECENT UPDATES

  • Effective Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m., Wintston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines ordered all residents to stay home to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The stay-at-home order is in effect through April 16. For more information, visit cityofws.org/2680/Stay-At-Home-Order-Provisions.

 

RESOURCES

Visit Winston-Salem continues to closely monitor statements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is committed to following guidelines from these agencies and our local health departments.

The safety and wellbeing of our staff, visitors, and industry partners are of the utmost importance to us. Although the CDC has stated the threat of COVID-19 in the United States remains low, we encourage our area tourism partners, residents, and visitors to take relevant preventative measures. We remain vigilant to ensure our guests have a safe and pleasant stay.

Our state officials recommend that everyone monitor the NC Department of Health and Human Services' special webpage on the situation. Residents and visitors can also find information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Visitors and travelers in and through the state should check with their lodging provider and event organizer before departing on a trip to North Carolina. Visitors to the state should take the same precautions that are recommended for traveling during the flu season. Those precautions are even more valuable this year. Visitors who are at "high risk" of severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid large groups of people as much as possible.

The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (NCLRA) has created a special COVID-19 webpage full of industry links to state and federal agencies to inform and assist the thousands of restaurant and lodging employers and employees impacted by COVID-19 in North Carolina.  Visit their website here

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What is Visit Winston-Salem doing in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat?  Visit Winston-Salem is reinforcing recommended measures on appropriate hygiene standards and following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and local health authorities. Although the CDC has stated the threat of the COVID-19 in the United States remains low, we encourage our area tourism partners, residents, and visitors to take any relevant preventative measures.
  • What is the risk of contracting Coronavirus (COVID-19) for visitors to Winston-Salem?  Specific information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available on the WHO and CDC websites, including risk assessment and travel advice. We and our travel industry partners take our standards for hygiene and cleanliness seriously. We are encouraging everyone to follow the guidelines of the global and local health authorities and to take relevant health and safety measures.
  • What should be done if a visitor expresses concern that they may have contracted Coronavirus? You should consult with a medical professional and/or seek medical assistance promptly.  For the latest information, North Carolinians should visit www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Information for health care professionals and local health can be found here.

If you have specific questions or concerns related to coronavirus, call 866-462-3821 for more information. In the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1. You can also submit questions online by selecting Chat at www.ncpoisoncontrol.org.


STAY HEALTHY; STAY STRONG

The U.S. Travel Association, Visit North Carolina, N.C. Restaurant & Lodging Association, etc. has issued a statement offering "Make Fact-Based Decisions About Traveling." 

The Centers for Disease Control considers people to be "high risk" if they are:

  • Adults over the age of 65
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

As a reminder, here are some precautions for travelers from the CDC and NCDHHS:

  • Do not travel if you are sick.
  • Those at high risk should avoid large groups of people as much as possible. People at high risk should also avoid  non-essential air travel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it away. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • If you feel well, it is not necessary to wear a facemask. Facemasks are most effective when used by people who are already ill to prevent them from spreading viruses and other germs.

Local Medical Center Information:


#WINSTONSTRONG

We are Looking Forward to when it's safe (and healthy) to Travel Back to Winston-Salem. Stay #WinstonStrong, and pass it along!

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COMMUNITY PARTNER UPDATES

  • The Winston-Salem Symphony has postponed or canceled all remaining concerts for the 2019–20 season. Click here for more information.
  • Sawtooth School for Visual Art will remain closed until June 1, 2020