NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County health officials were informed of three deaths this week of county residents from COVID-19.
The individuals reported to have died from COVID-19 were in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s respectively. All were considered to be at higher risk of serious illness because of age and underlying health conditions. This brings the total number of New Hanover County residents who have died from COVID-19 to 47. 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.
“The trajectory of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, across the state and here in New Hanover County is going in the wrong direction, so it’s imperative our community and visitors to our area remain diligent in wearing a face covering, maintaining distance from those outside of your household and washing your hands well and often,” said New Hanover County Assistant Health Director Carla Turner, RN, MSHCA. “There are a number of testing options throughout the community, some offered for free through the county, that residents can and should take advantage of, in combination with the 3Ws, before attending or hosting small gatherings, or traveling. How we approach the Thanksgiving holiday can set us up for success through the rest of winter.”
Local Public Health guidance and resources for celebrating the holiday safely is available here.
Free, open community testing located in the UNCW parking lot 1A continues Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. through November 24. This testing site is made available in partnership with UNCW, the NC Division of Public Health, and testing manufacturer eTrueNorth. Anyone can be tested for COVID-19 at this site; symptoms or being a close contact to someone with COVID-19 is not required to be tested. Registration for this testing is required either prior to arriving or on site before testing, so pre-registration is strongly encouraged here with, eTrueNorth at this link, for a faster process. The test site must receive a printed test voucher or view the voucher sent with the confirmation email sent to registrants, so pre-registering expedites this process at the site.
Additionally, 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 outreach 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 by the county 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 on COVID-19 testing and a schedule of testing events, visit Health.NHCgov.com/Coronavirus or call the Coronavirus Call Center Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 910-798-6800.
This week, Governor Cooper announced Executive Order 176, which continues North Carolina’s pause in Phase 3 of reopening, and beginning at 5 p.m. today, indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people until December 4. The outdoor mass gathering limit remains at 50, and this order does not change the reduced capacity limits set out for certain businesses and venues, like restaurants, personal care services, attractions, entertainment venues, meeting spaces and others. View frequently asked questions and exemptions to the indoor gathering limit here.
New Hanover County continues to provide support and resources to residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For information on financial assistance for housing, child care, utility payments and other costs, visit Health.NHCgov.com/Coronavirus.
Additionally, full-service restaurants may now apply for assistance through the Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief Program administered by the NC Department of Commerce. Restaurants can apply for up to four months of rent or mortgage interest capped at $20,000 per location, for up to two locations. Learn more at NCCommerce.com/murr.
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.