State-wide Stay At Home Order extended through May 8, County will announce local order updates next week

Posted April 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm     Category: Emergency ManagementEmergency NewsNews ReleasePublic Health

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – On Thursday, Governor Roy Cooper extended the state-wide Stay At Home Order for North Carolina and outlined a three-phase approach to opening the state, based on testing, tracing and trends. An outline of each phase is included in the graphics below and an overview of the Governor’s plan can be viewed here. In addition, the Governor announced today that K-12 public schools will continue remote learning and be closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the academic year.

“It’s clear from state and local information that our aggressive actions have kept us ahead of the curve of the impact of COVID-19, so we are currently in conversations about allowing the county’s additional mitigation measures to expire on Wednesday, April 29, which would provide each municipality – the city of Wilmington, Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville beaches – the ability to determine their own specific restrictions in consultation with Public Health,” said Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman. “The county’s State of Emergency will remain in place, but I believe each area of our community has different needs and desires, so this would give each mayor the ability to do what is best in terms of restrictions and additional mitigation measures specific to their areas. We will officially announce any changes to the county’s local order early next week.”

Even if the county’s mitigation measures expire, all residents and businesses will remain under the Governor’s Stay At Home Order at least until May 8.

“In the coming weeks and months as mitigation measures locally and around the state begin to lift, it will be important to have measures in place to test more people in our community and to have robust contact tracing by Public Health to understand where and how prevalent this virus is or isn’t in our community,” said Public Health expert Lisa Brown. “That is something the county is actively working on and we hope to have an update for the public in the coming days about the steps we are taking to ramp up testing in New Hanover County and reach more people who are currently experiencing symptoms. That way if we see a spike in cases or the hospital has an influx of COVID-19 patients, we will be ready and able to implement additional mitigation measures again if needed.”

As of April 24, there have been 76 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Hanover County, and of those there are 48 people who have recovered, 25 people who are still ill and experiencing symptoms and three deaths. View demographic data on lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Hanover County at

Note: Phase 1 as outlined above begins on or after May 8, and will be determined by the state. 

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.
  • Wear Cloth Face Coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Stay home unless you must travel for essential purposes. If you must leave your home, follow proper physical 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).


As of 4 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020, there have been 76 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Hanover County. For updates and resources related to the COVID-19 virus in New Hanover County, visit, call our Public Health Coronavirus Call Center at 910-798-6800, and follow the county’s trusted social media pages: TwitterFacebook, Instagram, and Nextdoor.

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