New Hanover County COVID-19 Update: Case Count at 30, Stay at Home Orders & County Restrictions Began at 5 pm

Posted March 30, 2020 at 5:58 pm     Category: Emergency ManagementEmergency NewsNews ReleasePublic Health

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Public Health officials are investigating three new positive cases of COVID-19. All three cases appear to be community transmission and are not travel related. This brings the county’s total positive case count to 30.  

The individuals are isolated, and Public Health is working on contact tracing to determine those who have been in close contact with them.   

Of the 30 New Hanover County positive COVID-19 cases, 12 are males and 18 are females. The age ranges of current cases are as follows:  

  • 0-18 years old: zero cases 
  • 18-40 years old: 12 cases 
  • 41-64 years old: 12 cases 
  • 65+ years old: 6 cases 

As of 5 p.m. today, March 30, all New Hanover County residents are required to adhere to Governor Cooper’s state-wide Stay at Home Executive Order as well as New Hanover County’s additional county-wide restrictions 

These measures are being implemented to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and help prevent our healthcare system from becoming overburdened in the weeks to come. New Hanover Regional Medical Center leaders and physicians signed a letter supporting The Stay at Home Order and the county’s restrictions. Their letter of support can be found here 

“Both the state and county’s orders are enforceable by law, but the legal penalties are not what should convince people to follow these orders,” said New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman, “The seriousness of this virus and the fact that it is being transferred so easily from one person to another should make you want to comply. We hope and believe that you will listen. We are a resilient community and we will get through this – but we have to do it together, with our collective strength, kindness, and support.” 

View a list of frequently asked questions related to the county and Governor’s order, which includes a list of essential and non-essential businesses, and more here. For specific questions, call 910-798-6800. 

Residents should only leave their homes for essential work, to take care of others, obtain food, and seek medical care, groups are limited to no more than 10 people, and people must practice physical distancing and remain six feet apart from others. 

View an overview of these restrictions in today’s video update from the county. 

 

What to do if you have Symptoms  

If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and symptoms are mild, the best thing you can do is stay home, isolate yourself from other people in your household as much as possible, and recover. Staying home will save lives. 

If you have more serious symptoms or are at risk of serious illness and begin experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, call your healthcare provider or the Coronavirus Call Center at 910-798-6800 immediately.More serious symptoms can include shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pain or pressure, confusion or blue lips. In the case of a medical emergency, call 9-1-1. 

View this North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) fact sheet to help you know what to do if you are sick. 

 

Slow the Spread 

Steps that everyone can take to slow the spread of COVID-19 include:  

  • Comply with the Governor’s Stay at Home Order and New Hanover County restrictions 
  • Follow proper social distancing protocols. Don’t gather in groups of more than 10 and stay at least 6 feet away from others. 
  • Stay home if you are sick, even if you are an essential worker. And cover your coughs and sneezes. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. 
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched (like your phone, tablet, countertops and daily work surfaces). 

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As of 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020, there are 30 positive case of COVID-19 in New Hanover County. For updates and resources related to the COVID-19 virus in New Hanover County, visit Health.NHCgov.com/Coronavirus, call our Public Health Coronavirus Call Center at 910-798-6800, and follow the county’s trusted social media pages: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Nextdoor.. 

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