New Hanover County COVID-19 weekly update: No reported deaths this week, 2,040 presumably recovered

Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:16 pm     Category: Emergency NewsNews ReleaseOtherPublic Health

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Public Health officials were not notified of any deaths of New Hanover County residents from COVID-19 this week, and starting today will begin reporting the number of “presumed recovered” from the virus as the exact course and length of recovery varies.

The reported number of recovered individuals in New Hanover County until today has been a result of personal contact and follow-up by Public Health and self-reporting from individuals with COVID-19. Beginning today, New Hanover County will report “presumed recovered” of non-fatal COVID-19 cases as those who are 14 days from Public Health’s receipt of their positive test result if not hospitalized, or 28 days if hospitalized. This change is an estimate of those recovered in our community based on current data around expected duration of symptoms, and is more aligned with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ calculation of presumably recovered cases. The number of presumed recovered from COVID-19 in New Hanover County as of today is 2,040.

“Our team will continue to follow-up with residents with COVID-19 as we have, but moving to this estimated count of presumed recovered provides a broader look at the cycle of the virus in our community,” said Public Health Assistant Director Carla Turner, RN, MSHCA. “We continue to encourage people to ‘answer the call if’ you receive a call or message from Public Health. We are reaching out to see how you are doing, or to share important information about test results or possible exposure.  Our public’s participation in contact tracing, in addition to the three Ws, is vital to continuing to slowing the spread of COVID-19.”

Residents are urged to practice the three W’s – Wear, Wait, Wash, to slow the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Data Update:

*COVID-19 data for New Hanover County is gathered from several sources, including local Public Health, New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Time of data cutoff for the individual metric is indicated in each section below.

Cumulative cases and demographics in NHC (as of 4 p.m. Friday, August 7)
Source: New Hanover County Public Health

New COVID-19 cases this week (as of 4 p.m. Friday, August 7)
Source: New Hanover County Public Health

Data reflects Saturday – Friday, to align with release of report Friday afternoons.

Outbreaks and Clusters (as of 4 p.m. Friday, August 7)
Source: NC Department of Health and Human Services

The below list of outbreaks and clusters in New Hanover County is public information and reported to the NC Department of Health and Human Services in an effort to contain virus spread in areas of congregate living and child care settings. It is based on NCDHHS reportable information and does not include cases that could be linked to retail, eating or other business establishments. Due to data reporting cutoff times, this may not include all cases associated with outbreaks or clusters. Additionally, some outbreaks or clusters may have already met the definition of the outbreak/cluster concluding but may still be visible on the state report.  It is important to remember that community spread of COVID-19 is present in New Hanover County.

Hospital data (last updated Friday, August 7)
 Source: New Hanover Regional Medical Center

COVID-19 Testing in New Hanover County (as of Thursday, August 6)
Source: NC Department of Health and Human Services

As testing increases, there are more lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19. Looking at what percent of total tests are positive helps us understand whether lab-confirmed cases are increasing in comparison to the number of tests conducted. The lower the percent positive of COVID-19 cases, the more the virus is contained in the community.

The data below is calculated using results from labs that report to NC DHHS electronically (Electronic Lab Reports or “ELRs”), and may not be fully representative of all tests conducted in New Hanover County because some labs may not be reporting electronically to the state. Learn more about testing for COVID-19 in North Carolina at NCDHHS.gov.

Testing helps slow the spread of COVID-19 because Public Health is able to perform contact tracing with the help of the person who has tested positive. Through this process, the person’s close contacts are informed of potential exposure to the virus and advised to take more actions to protect those around them, containing and stopping the virus from continued spread.

You should be tested for COVID-19 if you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or meet other criteria like working in a high-risk setting, have participated in gatherings or are a member of a historically marginalized community. Find a testing location by visiting NCDHHS.gov, or calling the New Hanover County Coronavirus Call Center at 910-798-6800.

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As of  4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 7, there are 2,630 cumulative 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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