Below is a statement from New Hanover County and ILM Airport Officials:
“New Hanover County Public Health and ILM Airport received notification from Brunswick County Public Health regarding a Brunswick County resident who flew into ILM on Tuesday, March 10 and has since tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. According to Brunswick County Public Health, the resident was symptomatic during travel and is now self-isolated. To protect the confidentiality of the individual, specific flight information and times cannot be shared at this time.
New Hanover County Public Health has been advised that the traveler left the airport and went directly home in their personal vehicle, not visiting any locations in New Hanover County. Local public health staff, in coordination with information from North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, will notify anyone in our community who was within six feet of the traveler on a plane, and those notifications should be made in the coming days. Travelers who are contacted may be asked to self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms.
All residents are encouraged to follow the county’s community guidance for proactive prevention measures, continue to remain informed through trusted sources, and focus on facts – not fear. Preparing, practicing social distancing, and remaining calm are the best things our community can do.
For more than a week, ILM has been cleaning all of their major touchpoints on a schedule frequency of two to three times per day utilizing a disinfectant, in addition to general cleaning protocols. Additional information about ILM’s operations and COVID-19 response can be viewed here.
Travelers, and all residents, are asked to continue to follow the guidance of personal protective measures and if you experience fever or any potential COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider or New Hanover County Public Health at 910-798-3500. Before visiting your doctor, urgent care or walk-in clinic, call ahead so they can plan safety precautions during your visit. As a reminder to the public, the flu is still active in our community so these measures should be followed for all potential viruses, year round.”