NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – In an effort to provide real-time data related to local, state and national COVID-19 and vaccination metrics, New Hanover County Health and Human Services has restructured its COVID dashboard to offer the most up-to-date information, directly in line with the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). The updated dashboard can be viewed at Health.NHCgov.com/Coronavirus.
“Our dashboard has provided the community with useful insight since its launch, but we wanted to streamline our data and align it with the state’s, and also provide additional metrics like 14-day case counts, percent positivity and vaccination rates,” said Health and Human Service Director Donna Fayko. “This allows residents to have easy access to local data that directly impacts our community in a central place, rather than having to visit multiple sites to get a snapshot of what is going on here at home.”
The revamped dashboard showcases information related specifically to New Hanover County, along with a county-by-county look at demographics, case count trends and vaccination rates, with additional overall state and national data.
As of Thursday, October 28, New Hanover County County’s test positivity rate had continued its recent decline, falling to 4 percent. New Hanover County is now one of 15 counties in the state currently with a test positivity rate at 4 percent or lower. By comparison, the state average currently sits at 5.3 percent. Over the past 14 days, 318 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the county.
Booster shot information
New Hanover County Public Health is now offering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for all three FDA-authorized brands – Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Those eligible for a booster can sign up for an appointment with Public Health at TakeMyShot.nc.gov.
“Now that the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has provided its recommendation for booster shots, following the FDA’s approval, we’re excited to be able to offer all three COVID vaccine boosters to those who are currently eligible to receive one,” said Public Health Director David Howard. “Approximately 58 percent of our community is fully vaccinated already, and we strongly recommend anyone that is eligible to receive a booster shot set up an appointment as soon as they can. And if you haven’t received your first vaccine yet, please come see us. We continue to offer free COVID-19 vaccines at Public Health, and that is the best protection all of us can take to prevent severe illness.”
Johnson & Johnson boosters are available to anyone 18 and older who has been vaccinated for two months or longer. Pfizer and Moderna boosters are available to individuals who have been fully vaccinated for at least six months. Additionally, the following criteria must be met to receive a Pfizer or Moderna booster:
Individuals do not need to return to the same location where they received their initial vaccines for a booster shot. Additionally, eligible individuals my choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Find nearby vaccine locations using the NCDHHS location finder.
View additional details about vaccinations, and other COVID-19 information, at Health.NHCgov.com.