Health officials announce 9th death from COVID-19 in New Hanover County

Posted July 13, 2020 at 3:25 pm     Category: Emergency NewsNews ReleasePublic Health

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Public Health officials were notified today of the ninth death of a New Hanover County resident from COVID-19.

The individual who passed away was in their 70’s and considered to be at risk of serious illness from COVID-19 because they were over the age of 65 and had underlying health conditions. To protect the privacy of this individual and their family, no other information will be shared.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of another one of our neighbors to COVID-19, and offer my sympathy to their family and friends in this time of loss,” said New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman. “We know how to be proactive in fighting this virus, and protecting those at risk in our community, and that’s to follow the protective measures that slow the spread. Wear a face covering and maintain six feet of distance from others when out in public, and wash your hands and high-touch surfaces well and often. Our individual actions can either put someone at risk, or save someone’s life.”

The cumulative number of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Hanover County surpassed 1,600 today, and is at 1,612 as of 3 p.m. Hospitalizations in the region continue to increase, as well as outbreaks and clusters of the virus in congregate living and child care settings, as reported Friday in a weekly update from New Hanover County Public Health. Cases among people under the age of 49 continue to rise, and it’s important to note that of those age 25-49 who have died from COVID-19, 27 percent had no known underlying health conditions.

“Younger people are not immune to this virus and can unknowingly bring it to others or experience serious illness themselves,” said Public Health Preparedness Coordinator Lisa Brown. “There are still things about this virus we don’t fully understand, which is why it’s so important to take action on the things we do understand, like following the three Ws – Wear, Wait, Wash – to slow the spread and protect our community and loved ones. This is our defense and will help flatten the curve, prevent overwhelming our healthcare system and ensure care is available for those who need it when they need it.”

Residents and visitors are urged to take precautions against the spread of COVID-19 and protect one another:

  • Follow the 3 W’s and Executive Order 147requiring face coverings in public.
    • Wear a face covering when out in public.
    • Wait at least six feet from others who are not members of your household.
    • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol when hand washing isn’t available.
  • Avoid gathering in large groups.
  • If on the beach, maintain at least six feet of distance from other beach goers and swimmers at all times.
  • If boating, kayaking, paddle boarding or taking part in other water activities:
    • Maintain distance at boat ramps or fuel docks.
    • Avoid using boat ramp docks while other people are on them.
    • Do not have anyone other than immediate family on your boat.
    • Do not tie up/raft up to other boats- keep your distance on the water.
    • Do not congregate on any sandbar or island.
  • Stay home if you are sick, even if you are an essential worker. And cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched (like your phone, tablet, countertops and daily work surfaces).
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As of  3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 13, there are 1,612 positive cases of COVID-19 in New Hanover County. For updates and resources related to the COVID-19 virus in New Hanover County, visit Health.NHCgov.com/Coronavirus, 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.    

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