COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


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The Novel Corona virus, now renamed COVID-19, is a respiratory disease first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

Currently, the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 in North Carolina is still low. However, there are measures you can and should take to remain healthy:

  • Stay home if you are ill

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue

  • Discard tissues after a single use

  • Follow the CDC's travel guidance

  • Limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people

Those most at risk if infected with COVID-19 are older adults, people with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes or lung disease, those with compromised immune systems and long-time smokers. To prevent getting sick and the impact of COVID-19, people who meet these risk factors should avoid going out in public as much as possible.

COVID-19 Questions?

Specific questions about your risk

email or call 919-856-7044.
Someone from Wake County's public health team will return your message within the next business day.

General feedback


Health-related questions

email or call 919-856-7044

Business-related questions

call 919-856-7420

What Wake Forest is Doing

To reduce the risk of exposure to our employees and community, the Town of Wake Forest has implemented the following measures:

  • Closed all Town facilities, including Town Hall, to the public
  • Exploring options for telework, where possible

  • Holding meetings in person only when absolutely necessary

  • Restricting business travel and training large conferences, trainings, or meetings scheduled through April 30, 2020 (this date may be evaluated further as the situation develops) as well as any business travel by airline during this time

  • Asking employees to wash hands upon entering the building each morning, and any time they enter a different Town facility

  • Janitorial services have been advised to thoroughly wipe and sanitize door handles, stair rails, and light switches when cleaning Town facilities

  • Deep clean sanitation plans are in place for all Town facilities

Town of Wake Forest Updates

April 3, 2020

Beware of COVID-19/Economic Impact Payment Scams


April 2, 2020

Clothes Recycling collection program suspended until further notice


March 30, 2020

Virtual Board of Commissioners Work Session set for April 7

PRCR cancels adult athletic leagues & suspends youth leagues through May 1

Reminder about changes to sanitation and bus services


March 27, 2020

New Dashboard Provides Snapshot of COVID-19 in Wake County

Planning & Engineering Departments Update

March 26, 2020

Wake County issues Stay-at-Home Proclamation to help slow the spread of COVID-19

Proclamation of Emergency Restrictions

March 25, 2020

Town Update - Sanitation & Bus Service, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources


March 24, 2020

Planning & Engineering Departments Update


March 23, 2020

Town of Wake Forest closing all Town facilities to the public effective Tuesday


March 22, 2020

Wake County Issues New Restrictions to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Playgrounds, restrooms & courts to close Monday

March 20, 2020

A Message from the Wake Forest Fire Department

A Message from Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources

March 19, 2020

A Message from Wake Forest Power

NC 2-1-1 is now a resource for people to call for assistance related to the COVID-19 coronavirus

March 18, 2020

Town announces web listing of local food & beverage establishments offering takeout & delivery

Wake Forest urges residents to use online resources


March 17, 2020

Northern Regional Center now serving as food distribution site

March 16, 2020

Northern Regional Center now serving as food distribution site

Wake County Provides Guidance to Healthcare Providers, Public about COVID-19 Testing

Town of Wake Forest postpones March 17 Board of Commissioners meeting

PRCR Department closes facilities & cancels programs in response to COVID-19

Wake Forest Power temporarily suspends service disconnections

COVID-19 Updates, Alerts, Cancellations & Closures are now included as a function on the Town of Wake Forest app.


March 13, 2020

Several Town programs & events canceled or postponed in response to COVID-19

We have created an Alerts & Closures page on our website that lists the facilities, events, and meetings closed or canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


March 12, 2020

Due to the growing number of local events canceled or postponed over concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Town of Wake Forest is suspending the Community Calendar indefinitely. 

We have deleted from the Community Calendar those events we know have been canceled. However, some events may have been canceled without our knowledge. Anyone planning to attend an event listed on the Community Calendar is urged to contact the organizer in advance to ensure the event is on as scheduled. 

The Week Ahead is also suspended until further notice.


March 10, 2020

The Town of Wake Forest is working closely with local health officials to receive the latest information about COVID-19.

On March 10, Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in North Carolina to stem the spread of the virus. As part of the state of emergency, people 65 and older and those with health problems (such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease, those with compromised immune systems and long-time smokers) are encouraged to avoid large gatherings. 

In response, the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre canceled the March 12 Community Education Workshop "10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's." To date, this is the only event we have canceled.

We urge people who are at-risk and those who have a respiratory illness to avoid attending events for the time being. As monitoring continues, depending on the risk of COVID-19 in the area, future events may be canceled at any time, with little to no notice.

Moving forward, we plan to increase hand washing and sanitation stations at Town facilities and will continue to regularly wipe down surfaces and frequently-touched items. In addition, we will not, for now, add any new in-person events to the calendar.

Town officials are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to place the highest priority on the health and safety of our residents.

We will provide additional updates on this webpage as circumstances warrant.

For more information on COVID-19, visit the websites of the local, state, and national health experts provided below. County

The Wake County Health Department is our local source for health-related information. 

Go directly to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) webpage.

Wake County has launched a new dashboard that provides important and current data about how COVID-19 is affecting our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Specific questions about COVID-19 and your risk

email or call 919-856-7044.
Someone from Wake County's public health team will return your message within the next business day.

General feedback

Health-related COVID-19 questions

email or call 919-856-7044

Business-related COVID-19 questions


NC Department of Health & Human Services

The NC Department of Health & Human Services  is the state authority for health-related concerns.

NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service that families and individuals can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services resources within their community. NC 2-1-1 operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and resources are available in most languages.

A Citizen Hotline is available 24/7 at 1-866-462-3821.

To submit questions online, visit and select "chat." For more information, click here.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the national authority for health-related concerns. 

Go directly to the CDC's COVID-19 (coronavirus) webpage.

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

How to Prepare

The Town of Wake Forest urges residents to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing common health measures, such as washing your hands, covering your mouth, staying home when you’re sick, and cleaning surfaces and frequently touched items. Residents are also encouraged to check on family members, friends or neighbors who may be high-risk.

Residents are encouraged to prepare for the impact of COVID-19 as you would for other emergencies:

  • Make a Plan

    • Plan for social distancing and other prevention measures.

    • Limit the need to go out in public by utilizing services like delivery of groceries and other goods.

  • Build a Kit

    • Have non-perishable food and water, medications and anything you need to stay home to limit the risk of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses in your household.

  • Stay Informed

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
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