NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Public Health officials were notified of two deaths of New Hanover County residents from COVID-19 this week, and are monitoring six outbreaks and clusters in congregate living and child care settings, and four clusters at UNCW.
One of the individuals who died this week was in their 60’s and considered to be at higher risk of serious illness because of underlying health conditions. The second individual who died this week was in their 50’s and had no known risk factors. This brings the total number of New Hanover County residents who have died from COVID-19 to 23.
“I am very saddened to learn of two more of our community members passing away from COVID-19, and I extend my deepest sympathies to their families and loved ones,” said New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman. “We must continue to do what we can to prevent future COVID-19 deaths and cases, and keep following the three Ws – wear a mask, wait six feet from others in public, and wash your hands frequently, especially as cold and flu season approaches.”
Data this week shows an increase of COVID-19 among individuals ages 18 to 24. New Hanover County Public Health is working closely with UNCW in monitoring clusters and conducting contact tracing to inform people of possible exposure and slow the spread of COVID-19 into other parts of the community.
“Younger adults that get COVID-19 may not experience severe symptoms, but can still carry it to others, so it’s extremely important that everyone practice the three Ws to protect one another, especially our fellow community members at risk of severe illness from COVID-19,” said New Hanover County Assistant Health Director Carla Turner, RN, MSHCA. “As activity increases and things reopen even more, doing things like wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance from others and washing your hands and high touch surfaces will allow us to continue that progress. And please: get your flu vaccine.”
Health officials encourage anyone who can receive an influenza vaccination to make sure to do so this year, and to continue to practice protective measures that slow the spread of COVID-19. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 and influenza reduces the risk of respiratory illnesses across the community and protects those at higher risk of serious illness. For more information about COVID-19 and influenza, visit CDC.gov.
To view the most recent case count data, information, updates and resources 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.