New Hanover County encourages community to prepare, but don’t panic

Posted March 13, 2020 at 4:54 pm     Category: Emergency ManagementEmergency NewsNews ReleasePublic Notice

NEW HANOVER COUNTY – New Hanover County has provided community information, consistent with State and CDC guidance, to enhance proactive and prevention measures for COVID-19. A document with that local guidance for individuals, community organizations, senior facilities, schools and childcare facilities, healthcare settings and employers can be viewed here. It provides information about activities that should be done now to prepare, as well as what to do if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in New Hanover County.

“A lot has changed over the past 24 hours and we want to make sure our community is informed, prepared, but not panicked,” said New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman. “Communities around the world have taken proactive steps to mitigate the virus, and they have seen positive outcomes. That is the purpose of these measures, and is the reason the county is encouraging social distancing especially for those who are in the higher-risk categories.”

Residents are encouraged to prepare for the potential impacts of COVID-19 as you would for other emergencies, using the ReadyNHC steps:

Make a Plan

  • Plan for social distancing and other prevention measures.
  • If at-risk, cancel plans to attend large events and non-essential travel.
  • Plan for limiting the need to go out in public by utilizing services like delivery of groceries and other goods.

Build a Kit

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

Stay Informed

  • Follow trusted sources for information about COVID-19:, and

A media roundtable, which can be viewed here, was held today to share information and answer questions from local media.

Visit for information about how you can protect against COVID-19, current guidance for symptoms and testing, community measures to reduce risk, and more.


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