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Published on March 25, 2020

Cone Health Applauds Stay at Home Decision

The move is a way to “flatten the curve” of infections, lessen the impact on citizens, and reduce the strain on doctors, nurses, other caregivers and health systems.

Greensboro – Cone Health CEO Terry Akin strongly applauds the decision by the Cities of Greensboro and High Point, and Guilford County, to order residents to stay at home. The move mandates that people not leave their homes except for essential needs. National experts and Cone Health epidemiologists say it will reduce and slow the spread of COVID-19 and lessen the chances of a flood of critically ill people seeking medical care all at once.

“My heartfelt thanks to Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughn, High Point Mayor Jay Wagner, and Guilford Board of Commissioners Chair, Jeff Phillips, along with our other city and county leaders for taking this crucial stand,” says Terry Akin, CEO, Cone Health. “We have a window of opportunity to actually minimize the spread of this virus. Today’s action will save lives and reduce COVID-19 cases.”

Cone Health encourages other elected leaders to take this action. “Across our state, health care leaders, physicians, nurses and I have been in constant contact this week with local and state officials to ask for a stay at home order for all North Carolina residents who are not critical to caring for our community. Science shows that this is the best way to keep the virus contained and manageable and now is the time to act,” Akin adds.

In this video, Akin talks about how Cone Health is preparing for coronavirus, how its team members are right here with this community and the steps people need to take to help keep themselves and others healthy.

For more information about COVID-19 and the signs and symptoms, people should go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website or