Coronavirus / COVID-19 Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory disease coronavirus/COVID-19. The situation is evolving rapidly, so the best resource for the latest information is the CDC website. Here we will provide updated information as it relates to Onslow Memorial, our preparations, and tips for staying healthy. 


Patients should contact their healthcare provider BEFORE VISITING a clinic, an urgent care location or a hospital emergency room if:

They are experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever, cough or shortness of breath,


They have traveled internationally within the last 14 days or domestically in the past 30 days


If they have had direct contact with a person who is suspected to have, is under investigation, or was diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days. 

If you are experiencing severe, acute respiratory symptoms, call 911 or seek immediate treatment.

Current COVID-19 Testing Criteria

N.C. DHHS testing guidelines are available here. The cost of a COVID-19 test is $100.00.

Onslow Memorial Hospital Response

  • View our phased recovery plan for Outpatient and Surgical Services and more information about our new operational norm in our Executive Summary, here.
  • Learn how we're keeping our patients safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, here.
  • Here are a few ways you can help our community hospital.
  • View our latest visitor restrictions, here.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Fact Sheets:

What You Need to Know About Coronavirus

UNC Health provides a Health Talk, authored by David J. Weber, MD, MPH, medical director of infection prevention at UNC Hospitals. He explains the basics of the coronavirus, how it spreads, and what you can do to keep yourself and your family healthy.



Everyday actions can prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. Protect yourself and others with these tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are used often, such as cellphones, door knobs, and light switches.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • If you do become sick, stay home and limit contact with others in your home as much as possible.

Latest CDC Recommendation for Wearing Non-Medical Face Masks

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

(Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)

Read more from the CDC about how to wear a mask properly, how to safely remove a mask, and how to clean/sanitize a mask.

FAQs about Cloth Face Coverings: Read the CDC's responses to frequently asked questions about their non-medical face mask recommendation.

CDC: How to make a Face Covering