NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – With the increase in positive cases of COVID-19 in New Hanover County, and because of the higher level and frequency of cleaning recommended for high volume facility use to prevent the spread of COVID-19, New Hanover County Public Health and Emergency Operations are providing enhanced guidance for playground use in county and municipal parks. This guidance pertains to all playgrounds throughout New Hanover County, including and as agreed to by City of Wilmington, Town of Carolina Beach, Town of Kure Beach and Town of Wrightsville Beach.
According to the CDC, transmission of COVID-19 could occur from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects, then touching mouth, nose or possibly eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but additional caution should be taken.
If residents choose to use playgrounds, they should be prepared to wipe down surfaces with recommended cleaning products before and after use. Limited county supply of cleaning products does not allow for them to be provided in public playground areas. Cleaning products to wipe down equipment should be brought from home.
“Social distancing measures you take now don’t only protect yourself, they protect everyone in the community,” said New Hanover County Personal Health Services Manager Carla Turner, RN. “Playgrounds have many high touch surfaces and without the capacity to increase frequency of cleaning, families should take seriously this guidance regarding playground use.”
Parks, including walking trails are open and social distancing is important to prevent facility closures. Residents are encouraged to continue increased prevention measures and practice limited contact with others:
Residents are also encouraged to prepare for the potential impacts of COVID-19 as you would for other emergencies, using the ReadyNHC steps:
As of 3:15 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2020, there are four cases of COVID-19 in New Hanover County and preparedness plans are in place for the health and safety of our community. For updates and resources related to the COVID-19 virus in New Hanover County, visit Health.NHCgov.com/Coronavirus or call 910-798-6800.