NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – With the Easter weekend approaching, New Hanover County Health and Human Services’ Public Health reminds residents to continue being cautious, because COVID-19 is continuing to spread in the community:
“This Easter feels a little better than last year, when we were all trying to learn about this new coronavirus, following the Stay at Home Order, and canceling Easter Egg hunts and family gatherings,” said Health and Human Services Director Donna Fayko. “State-wide restrictions have eased and families can now begin seeing one another again safely if they have been vaccinated, but we have to continue practicing safety measures so we don’t see a fourth surge in cases and hospitalizations – like we are seeing in other parts of the country. So please, if you gather together this weekend, please stay outdoors, wear your mask if you are in public – that includes when you’re walking down the sidewalks in downtown Wilmington, and stay six feet from others who aren’t in your immediate household. I know we are all ready to get back to a sense of normalcy, and we are heading there with increased vaccinations – but we are nowhere near herd immunity, so we are not yet safe without good public health measures.”
Read additional COVID-19 guidance to reduce risk at Health.NHCgov.com.
Over the past week, 415 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in New Hanover County – for a total of 17,776 cases since the start of the pandemic; and of that total, 16,822 people have recovered and 163 people have died from the virus. The number of deaths did not increase over the past week, marking the first seven-day period since October 23, 2020, that no additional deaths of county residents from COVID-19 were reported.
New Hanover County is vaccinating anyone in groups 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the state’s vaccination plan. The county plans to move to Group 5, which opens the vaccine up widely to anyone 16 and older, beginning April 7 – which is in line with the state’s guidance. View information about each vaccine group here, and see what group of eligibility you are in by visiting FindMyGroup.NC.gov.
As of March 31, New Hanover County Public Health has administered a total of 39,939 COVID-19 vaccinations in the community. In addition, through partnerships and collaborative efforts with local healthcare entities, more than 62,660 people in New Hanover County are partially vaccinated, and more than 45,851 are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 according to the NCDHHS dashboard. That equates to 26.7% of the county’s population at least partially vaccinated and 19.6% fully vaccinated.
With three safe and effective vaccines available that all prevent serious illness and death, Public Health officials encourage residents to get the vaccine that is available to them right now and not wait. If you have questions about the vaccine or want to learn more from reliable sources, visit the following websites: Public Health, NCDHHS, CDC and FDA.
New Hanover County residents who need help paying their rent, utilities, or other households costs can apply for the county’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Learn more about the program’s guidelines and who is eligible at SocialServices.NHCgov.com, and apply through the Health and Human Services customer portal AccessHHS.
To view the most recent COVID-19 case count data, vaccine information, and resources in New Hanover County, visit Health.NHCgov.com/Coronavirus, call our Coronavirus Call Center at 910-798-6800, and follow the county’s trusted social media pages: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Nextdoor.