New Hanover County reports record-high 37 COVID-19 deaths in the past week

Posted September 16, 2021 at 4:39 pm     Category: News ReleasePublic Health

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Public Health officials reported 37 deaths from COVID-19 over the past week, bringing the total number of county residents who have died from COVID-19 to 250. Of the 37 reported deaths, individuals varied in health condition and ranged in ages from their 30’s to their 80’s.

This is the highest number of reported COVID-19 deaths in one week in New Hanover County. Forty-five of the county’s total 250 COVID-19 deaths have been reported so far in September, surpassing the 25 total deaths reported over the entire month of August.

“Our community has already lost so much to COVID-19, and now we are on track to report the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 in September since the pandemic began, with a majority of those deaths in the unvaccinated population,” said Assistant Public Health Director Carla Turner. “These deaths are real, they are incredibly sad, and they are being felt by the healthcare workers and the families and friends of the individuals who have died. This is why we care so much about vaccinations and things like wearing a mask and social distancing. Deaths from COVID-19 are a lagging indicator of severe spread, meaning they often come weeks after surges and can continue even when case trends begin to improve. When we saw high reports of deaths from COVID-19 in early 2021, we had protective measures in place, but we didn’t have widely available vaccines yet. We must continue to urge our loved ones to get vaccinated. It could literally save a life.”

While the past week has shown signs of downward trends in daily reported cases of COVID-19, 14-day percent positivity, and hospitalizations, New Hanover County’s metrics remain high and residents should continue protective measures and seek out a vaccine if unvaccinated. Public Health vaccine clinics’ hours, locations, and more information can be found at


As of September 16, here is where we are as a community:

  • Over the last week, 467 new COVID-19 cases and 37 deaths have been reported (for a total of 24,266 total cases of COVID-19 in New Hanover County and 250 resident deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic). View the county’s data dashboard at Health.NHCgov.cov/Coronavirus.
  • 14-day Percent Positivity Rate is 11.8 percent, a slight decrease from 13.9 percent reported last week. This metric represents positive COVID-19 tests as a percent of total tests performed countywide and is updated at
  • An average of 98 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized daily, according to NHRMC. Local hospitalization data is updated weekly by NHRMC and by NCDHHS statewide and regionally.
  • Approximately 143,805 New Hanover County residents (about 61 percent) have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and approximately 134,427 residents (about 57 percent) are fully vaccinated and protected from COVID-19.


NHC schools and university COVID-19 data:

  • New Hanover County Schools provides a dashboard of COVID-19 cases in schools, based on information from Public Health, and that can be found at
  • UNCW also has a public dashboard with information about cases of COVID-19 among students and staff, testing and quarantine and isolation beds in use. View the UNCW dashboard here.


NHC Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics (no appointment needed):

  • Health and Human Services Health Clinic (1650 Greenfield Street)
    • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Independence Mall (3500 Oleander Drive)
    • Tuesday and Thursday, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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