New Hanover County COVID-19 update: Two more deaths reported, state announces highest one-day record of new COVID-19 cases

Posted October 16, 2020 at 12:00 pm     Category: Emergency NewsNews ReleasePublic Health

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Public Health officials were notified this week of two deaths of New Hanover County residents from COVID-19, and – as of this morning – are monitoring 11 outbreaks and clusters in congregate living, including nursing homes, residential facilities and UNCW residence halls.

One individual who passed away was in their 70’s and considered to be at higher risk of serious illness because of age and underlying health conditions. The second individual reported this week was in their 30’s and also considered to be at higher risk of serious illness due to underlying health conditions.

This brings the total number of New Hanover County residents who have died from COVID-19 to 37. The New Hanover County Public Health COVID-19 dashboard will be updated in the coming days to reflect this number, once information is processed and reported by the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

On Thursday, Governor Cooper reported a one-day record of 2,532 new COVID-19 cases in North Carolina, which is the highest since the pandemic began. As of this morning, there have been 238,939 cases of COVID-19 in the state, and 4,940 in New Hanover County. View the most up-to-date case counts and demographic information on the county’s COVID-19 dashboard here.

“We are seeing more activity across our community with students back in school, fall activities, and some restrictions loosening for attractions and other businesses,” said New Hanover County Assistant Health Director Carla Turner. “With that activity comes increased risk, and makes it even more important to be diligent and keep up our COVID-19 protective measures: those three Ws we all know by heart – wear a mask, wait six feet apart, and wash your hands. And try to only participate in low-risk, low-contact activities that won’t easily transmit the virus. We have to protect ourselves and our loved ones, because this virus can cause severe illness and lasting impacts.”

Flu Vaccines

Residents are also encouraged to get their flu vaccine, to help reduce the risk of respiratory illness. Public Health is offering drive-up flu vaccinations at the Health and Human Services building, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to anyone in the community. In addition, Public Health is hosting a free drive-through flu vaccination event in partnership with NHRMC on Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or until the vaccine runs out. Learn more about these flu vaccination options here.

COVID-19 Community Testing

New Hanover County Public Health continues to conduct outreach testing events at various sites to bring free COVID-19 testing directly to communities across the county, eliminating barriers to access. Testing criteria for these sites is COVID-19 symptoms or close contact to someone confirmed to have the virus. Screening and testing is available at each site by drive-through or walk-up, and is offered at no cost to the resident. No ID or insurance information is needed and face masks will be given to those who need one.

For more information and a schedule of testing events, visit or call the Coronavirus Call Center Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 910-798-6800.


To view the most recent case count data, information, updates and resources 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: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Nextdoor.

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