NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – If you have not been vaccinated yet, Public Health officials have a clear message: Get vaccinated, because even healthy, young people are becoming severely ill from COVID-19, developing lasting health impacts, and even dying because of the virus. Vaccines are safe and effective, and are proven to save lives.
Variants are occurring more frequently throughout the United States and one of those variants, the delta variant, is more contagious and severe – and is more likely to lead to hospitalization and severe illness.
“The seriousness of this virus cannot be forgotten,” said Public Health Director David Howard. “It’s still out there, and it’s so important to be protected against it. That means getting vaccinated; or if you choose not to be vaccinated, you need to continue wearing a mask and practicing those same safety measures we all became accustomed to over the past year. Everyone in the community should continue practicing good hygiene, washing hands and sanitizing surfaces, and if you feel sick, stay home and get a COVID test if needed.”
In New Hanover County, 50% of residents (approximately 117,212people) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 47% (approximately 110,370 people) are fully vaccinated.
Vaccines are helping to reduce the number of new COVID-19 cases in the community and over the last week, 39 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in New Hanover County. This is the lowest number of new cases reported in a week since May of 2020.
Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 19,735 cases have been reported in new Hanover County, with 19,411 of those recovering and 177 people dying from the virus.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced this week the expansion of their at-home COVID-19 test collection to any North Carolina resident. The kit is shipped overnight to a person’s home at no cost and can be used on anyone ages 2 and up. Learn more about this program on the NCDHHS website here. Medac and most pharmacies are also offering COVID-19 testing, and residents can find a nearby testing location at COVID.NCDHHS.gov.
Public Health continues to operate its vaccine clinic at Independence Mall and has incorporated the COVID-19 vaccine into its regular clinic services. Those locations and details are below:
In addition to these regular vaccine clinics, Public Health is continuing its outreach efforts into the community to help educate residents and make the vaccine accessible for all.
The next vaccination event will be held at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher on Sunday, June 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone who gets a vaccine during the event will receive a complimentary admission to the aquarium for the day of the clinic. Learn more about this collaborative event on the Aquarium’s website here.
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.