Archived COVID-19 Information
Below you will find COVID-19 information that was provided by the State of North Carolina, Mecklenburg County, the Town of Davidson, and Davidson College between March 16, 2020 and November 3, 2021. For the most current COVID-19 information, please click HERE.
North Carolina State Updates
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.
- Businesses that can operate up to 100% occupancy with safety protocols in place:
- Barbershops and other personal care facilities
- Businesses that can operate up to 75% occupancy indoors and 100% outdoors with safety protocols in place:
- Breweries and Wineries
- Amusement Parks
- Gyms and Pools
- Some business settings to increase capacity up to 50% with safety protocols in place:
- Conference Centers
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Helpful Tool Reminder: SlowCOVIDNC app
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 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.
Mecklenburg County Updates
For the most up-to-date information from Mecklenburg County Public Health, please visit the county's COVID-19 webpage here Mecklenburg County Updates.
Face Covering Health Rule ends February 26: On February 16, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners voted to end the Public Health Rule requiring indoor face coverings effective February 26, citing shifting COVID-19 conditions and a revised Public Health response to the pandemic. Read the news release to learn more.
On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners amended the public health rule currently in effect that requires masks indoors countywide. The main change is in regards to the metrics used to determine when the public health rule is no longer needed and can be lifted. The metrics included originally was that the community percent positive needed to be 5% or below for 30 consecutive days before the rule could be lifted. This was changed so that the public health rule and indoor mask mandate would be automatically lifted once the average positivity rate in the county falls below 5% for seven days in a row. Please view a link to the amended rule here.
On Wednesday, August 18, 2021, a joint proclamation issued by the Chairman of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners and the Mayor of the City of Charlotte mandates all people—vaccinated and unvaccinated—to wear face coverings in any indoor public place, business, or establishment within the City of Charlotte and the unincorporated areas of Mecklenburg County. This requirement applies to all individuals who are at least five years of age. The mandate is in effect from Wednesday, August 18 at 5:00 p.m. through September 1 unless it is rescinded earlier or terminated. Version Optio
Effective August 28, 2021, a public health rule will require all people countywide to wear face coverings in indoor public places, regardless of vaccination status. The new rule mandates that face coverings must be worn in any indoor public place, business, or establishment within Mecklenburg County, regardless of vaccination status. This requirement applies to all individuals who are at least 5 years of age in all areas of the County, including all towns and the City of Charlotte. The rule will expire based on metrics- a decline in the positivity rate to 5% for thirty (30) days where the community transmission rate is not in the high or substantial level, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If the transmission in the County drops below the substantial level, the Public Health Director will recommend that the rule be suspended. Read the full rule here Version OptionsCOVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)Headline.
- Mecklenburg County Public Health urges everyone 12 years of age and older to get vaccinated.
- Everyone should continue to wash their hands often with soap and water.
- Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
Mecklenburg County’s COVID-19 Public Health Directive will expire Friday, Feb. 26 at 5:00 p.m. The Directive was announced and became effective January 12.
The decision follows the Governor’s announcement and decision to lift the statewide curfew and ease other COVID-19 restrictions outlined in Executive Order 195.
“Thanks to our community’s commitment to following the Directive and the prevention measures necessary to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, our metrics have started to improve,” said Public Health Director Gibbie Harris. “While the number of cases has decreased and vaccine has become available, that does not mean we are out of the woods yet. Everyone must continue to practice the 3 Ws and avoid gatherings with individuals they do not live with to continue the improvement in metrics and keep our community healthy and safe.”
The end of the Directive means:
- You should continue to practice the 3 Ws - wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart, wash your hands.
- Limit gatherings with people outside your household until most people are vaccinated.
- Quarantine and get tested if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.
- Get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you.
More information about the COVID-19 vaccine is available at www.MeckNC.gov/COVID-19 or by calling the Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400.
On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) announced that MCPH will be opening additional appointments for the first three weeks of February for Groups 1 and 2 based on anticipated vaccine supply. Appointments will be available for scheduling beginning Jan. 21 at 8:30 a.m.
Earlier this month, Public Health updated its vaccination plan to align with new federal and state recommendations (as recommended by current guidelines). Because vaccine supplies are currently limited, the vaccine distribution is being rolled out in phases.
Group 1 includes healthcare workers with current in-person patient contact and long-term care staff and residents.
Group 2 includes anyone 65 years or older, regardless of health status or living situation.
Public Health is opening February appointments for the first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine for Groups 1 and 2 based on the anticipated vaccine supply.
Instructions for making appointments are available at MeckNC.gov/COVID-19.
Eligible Group 1 and 2 members may make a first dose appointment online at https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/83g1hcpv/. Please read the appointment instructions carefully.
Phone appointments may be made by calling 980-314-9400 and selecting Option 3. If you leave a message MCPH will attempt to return the call within 24-48 business hours.
If unable to secure an appointment right away, residents are encouraged to continue to check for updates. As more vaccines are made available, additional appointment times will be made available. Updates will continue to be made at MeckNC.gov/COVID-19.
MCPH wants to encourage residents ages 65+ to reach out to their primary care providers (if available) to discuss options for receiving the vaccine. Atrium Health and Novant Health are offering vaccines to eligible patients in Groups 1 and 2 by appointment.
MCPH COVID-19 Vaccine clinics are being held at held at Bojangles' Coliseum, 2700 East Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28205. Appointments are required for all eligible recipients.
Mecklenburg County residents who need assistance with transportation to vaccine appointments, should contact the Mecklenburg Transportation System at: 980-314-7600.
As the number of COVID-19 cases in Mecklenburg County continues to grow at an exponential rate – from an average of 100 cases per day in September, to an average of 900 cases per day in mid-January – Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris issued a specific directive for the people of Mecklenburg County for the next three weeks, beginning January 12, 2021. The Directive is effective immediately and will remain in effect for the next three weeks, until February 2, 2021.
The Directive instructs individuals in Mecklenburg County to take several immediate actions including (but not limited to):
- Only leave your home for essential activities and remain at home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., unless an exception as set forth in the Governor's Executive Order
- Utilize full-virtual options for work, school and any other activity where in-person activity is not required.
- Avoid leaving your home if you are over 65 or at high-risk for developing serious illness.
- Avoid any non-essential travel.
- Avoid gathering with individuals that you do not live with.
- WEAR a cloth face covering, WAIT 6 feet apart and avoid close contact, and WASH your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
- Quarantine and get tested if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.
- Answer the call and participate in contact tracing to protect against further spread if you receive a call or text from Mecklenburg County Public Health.
- Get a flu shot and get the get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you.
A full list of immediate actions individuals should take is available here.
More information about the COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County and the COVID-19 vaccine is available at www.MeckNC.gov/COVID-19 or by calling the Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400.
On October 2, 2020, Mecklenburg County moved to Phase 3 with the rest of the State of North Carolina. The county plans to remain in Phase 3 for the remainder of Governor Cooper's executive orders.
Mecklenburg County, in conjunction with the City of Charlotte and the towns of Davidson, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville, announced a joint proclamation with additional business restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions go into effect on Thursday, July 23, 2020 and will remain in effect while North Carolina remains in Phase Two of the state’s “Stay Safer at Home” Order that is currently effective until August 7, 2020. You may find the joint proclamation here.
As of May 22, 2020 at 5 p.m. Mecklenburg County has entered Phase 2 of reopening with the rest of the State of North Carolina under Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 141.
Mecklenburg County residents are under North Carolina’s Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions.
- Frequently Asked Questions about Phase 2
- The Three Ws: WEAR a face covering, WAIT six feet apart, and WASH your hands often.
- To learn more about N.C. Safer at Home Phase 2, call 211.
Follow the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) for statewide information and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for national and international information.
As a reminder, for the latest, most up-to-date information, visit the Mecklenburg County Public Health website here.
Town of Davidson Updates
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, along with restrictions and vaccine information, the Town of Davidson aligns its ongoing policies with recommendations from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH).
COVID-19 Testing at Bradford Park:
Free COVID-19 testing is available Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- No appointment is necessary.
- Schedules are subject to change.
- Please check the MAKO Medical website for the most updated information.
- 17005 Davidson-Concord Rd, Huntersville, NC, 28078
- Monday - Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Previous COVID-19 Updates from the Town of Davidson
COVID-19 Testing at MSC - First-come, first-served, walk-ups only
This testing facility is now closed.
Through a partnership with Mecklenburg County and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Rapid and PCR Testing are available in the Town of Davidson, at MSC Industrial Supply Company, 525 Harbour Place Dr, Davidson, NC 28036 (Parking Lot Only). This testing site, operated by United Providers of Health is scheduled to be open Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday from 10 am to 4pm. Call 919-701-6603 with questions. Please note the schedule is subject to change depending on need, weather, supply availability and staffing.
Anyone can be tested, with or without symptoms, including underinsured, undocumented and homeless individuals. Walk-ups only, no appointments, no identification, and no insurances are required. Residents are encouraged to register online https://upoh.org/covid-testing. Curbside testing will be available for those who are unable to leave their vehicle.
|Please note that the testing center detailed here is not a town organized program. Individuals who need to be tested for COVID-19 should confirm details with United Providers of Health.|
November 1, 2021 - Testing Available Through Community Partnerships
Rapid and PCR Testing will begin on November 1, 2021 at MSC Industrial Supply Company, 525 Harbour Place Dr, Davidson, NC 28036 (Parking Lot Only). This testing site will be open Monday, Tuesday and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (subject to change based on need and availability). Anyone can be tested, with or without symptoms, including underinsured, undocumented and homeless individuals. Walk-ups are accepted, no appointments, no identification, and no insurances are required. We encourage residents to register at www.upoh.org/covid-testing/ or call (800)701-1023. Curbside testing will be available for those who are unable to leave their vehicle.
To read more, click here Version OptionsCOVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)Headline.
September 3, 2021 - A Message from Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox
Town of Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox thanks the Davidson community for their support of public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Town of Davidson Board of Commissioners met virtually tonight to discuss implementing an interim mask mandate until Mecklenburg County’s policy takes effect later this month on August 28, 2021. The board voted unanimously in favor of a temporary mandate for facial coverings in all public indoor settings that will take effect immediately as of Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The town mandate will remain in effect until Mecklenburg County’s health directive supersedes it later next week, at which point the Town of Davidson’s mandate expires.
Read the Proclamation of a State of Emergency here Version OptionsCOVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)Headline.
Read the Mecklenburg County Board of Health Rule here Version OptionsCOVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)Headline.
Town of Davidson Moves to Virtual Meetings, Offers Virtual Public Comment
Given the current COVID-19 conditions in the broader community, the Town of Davidson has also decided to move to virtual Board of Commissioners and Advisory Board meetings. In accordance, the board will meet virtually for its next meeting on August 24, 2021, and video will be available on the town’s website and YouTube channel.
Earlier this week, 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.
You may view the full message from the Town of Davidson here Version OptionsCOVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)Headline.
September 22, 2020 - Fall Town of Davidson Events Update
As we now enter a new season for 2020, the Town of Davidson continues to balance the evolving situation with COVID-19 with the desire to gather as a community for some of our favorite annual events. Until October 2, 2020, North Carolina remains in Phase 2.5 which limits outdoor gatherings to 50 people. This restriction, along with the unpredictability of COVID-19 and potential moves to subsequent phases, makes it impractical to plan mass gatherings for the next couple of months.
September 3, 2020- NC Moves into a Phase 2.5 on Friday, September 4 at 5:00 p.m.
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 Version OptionsCOVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)Headline Version OptionsCOVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)Headline.
August 7, 2020 - Town Manager Jamie Justice Provides Davidson COVID-19 Update
July 22, 2020 - Davidson Adopts New Late-Night Alcohol Restrictions, Event Cancellations
June 26, 2020 - North Carolina’s Phase 2 Safer at Home Extended, New requirement to wear face coverings added
June 18, 2020 - A Message from Davidson’s Board of Commissioners
June 9, 2020- Town of Davidson Launches Significant Mask Wearing Effort to Support Public Health in Town
May 22, 2020- North Carolina Enters Phase 2 of Reopening Today at 5pm, Safer at Home
May 20, 2020 - Town of Davidson Holds Special Meeting Discussing COVID-19 Response
MASKS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED; TOWN PLANS TO MOVE TO PHASE 2 WITH STATE
May 8, 2020 - North Carolina Enters Phase 1 of Reopening Today at 5pm, Stay-at-Home Order Remains in Effect
May 5, 2020 - A Message from the Davidson Board of Commissioners
April 28, 2020 - Mecklenburg County Transitions to State Stay at Home Order
April 22, 2020 - May Town of Davidson Events Canceled
April 20, 2020 - Davidson Businesses Thrive Online!
April 17, 2020 - Town of Davidson Stays Positive, Shares Love During COVID-19 Pandemic
April 16, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates for the Town of Davidson
EXTENSION OF MECKLENBURG COUNTY STAY AT HOME ORDER
GUIDANCE ON MASKS
REQUIREMENTS FOR RETAIL STORES
April 14, 2020 - A Message from Mayor Rusty Knox about COVID-19
April 8, 2020 - Mecklenburg County Closes Parking Lots for County Parks
April 6, 2020 - Virtual Recreation Center is Now Open!
April 3, 2020 - Town of Davidson Fire Department Thanks YOU
March 31, 2020 - Help Recognize Our Gnome Town Heroes
March 30, 2020 - An Update from Town Manager Jamie Justice
March 27, 2020- A Note from Mayor Rusty Knox and the Davidson Board of Commissioners
March 24, 2020 - Mecklenburg County Issues Stay at Home Order
March 23, 2020 - Town of Davidson State of Emergency
March 19, 2020 - A Note from Mayor Rusty Knox
March 17, 2020 - Town of Davidson Closes Town Buildings, Including Town Hall, to Public
March 16, 2020 - Town of Davidson Community Rallies to Support Local Businesses
March 16, 2020 - Upcoming Events Canceled
Davidson College Updates
Davidson College will be fully in-person for the fall 2021 semester- working, teaching, and learning. 90% of students are fully vaccinated, and the college anticipates that number to increase.
For all the college's most current COVID information as they begin the school year, please click HERE.