NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County health officials confirmed 28 additional cases of COVID-19 over the last two days, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 243. Additionally, North Carolina reported its highest daily increase today confirming an additional 1,189 cases in the last 24 hours.
Of the 243 total lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Hanover County, 122 have recovered, 116 people are still ill and experiencing symptoms and five people have died from the virus.
“With increased activity we expect to continue to see more cases of COVID-19, and this sharp rise in cases is being monitored carefully with our hospital and other healthcare partners,” said New Hanover County Public Health Preparedness Coordinator Lisa Brown. “We have to stay ahead of potentially overrunning our local healthcare system so we look at cases here as well as in surrounding counties. Cases, as well as hospitalizations, are increasing across the region. We all have to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect those at higher risk of serious illness.”
According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 51 percent of North Carolinians are at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19 based on being 65 or older, having at least one of the CDC identified underlying health conditions that compromise fighting COVID-19, or both. This includes chronic lung disease, cardiovascular disease, severe obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease and immunosuppressive conditions, including cancer treatment, smoking and other immune disorders.
“Underlying health conditions span age ranges, and we really have no way of knowing how many of those we are interacting with may be at higher risk, so it’s imperative that we all do our part to protect those around us, like wearing a mask and maintaining six feet of distance from others when out in public, washing our hands well and often, and staying home if we are sick,” said Brown. “We don’t have approved therapeutics or a vaccine for COVID-19 yet, so we have to keep working together to slow the spread.”
New Hanover County continues to operate the Coronavirus Call Center and offer testing for the community. Residents who have questions about COVID-19, or who are experiencing symptoms can call 910-798-6800 to speak with a public health nurse and be screened and scheduled for testing at an open-air, drive-through site if needed.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea. The Coronavirus Call Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If experiencing more severe symptoms like trouble breathing, chest pain, new confusion or bluish lips or face, seek medical attention immediately.
View testing sites across the community and state by clicking here.
Slow the Spread
Residents are urged to follow physical distancing and protective measure guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect community members, especially those at high risk of serious illness.
As of 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2020, there have been 243 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Hanover County. For more information about COVID-19 in New Hanover County, visit Health.NHCgov.com, 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.