COVID-19 continues to be a serious threat in our community and throughout the state and country. Residents should do all they can to protect themselves and their loved ones.
We advise you not to gather with others outside of your immediate household for Thanksgiving. But if you do, please keep your gathering small (less than 10 people) and host it outdoors. And remember your 3Ws: Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Wait 6 feet from others. And if you are sick, stay home. View more safety tips here.
With the increase in positive cases in New Hanover County and the increase in the number of residents hospitalized over the last several weeks, coupled with the Thanksgiving holiday, there is great concern that our county may reach a more critical level in our fight against the virus. As of 9 a.m. today, we have had 53 people in our community who have passed away from COVID-19, and we don’t want there to be more.
Residents must do all they can now to protect themselves and those around them, and prevent our hospital system from becoming overburdened. Your work to fight this virus is increasingly important and can help save lives during this critical time.
Download the state’s SlowCOVIDNC app that will help identify if you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, and visit Health.NHCgov.com/Coronavirus for continuously updated data, resources and COVID-19 information.