As the holidays approach, Public Health offers safety reminders

Posted November 18, 2021 at 3:59 pm     Category: News ReleasePublic Health

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – With Thanksgiving set for next week and other holiday-related celebrations just around the corner, New Hanover County Health and Human Services is encouraging informed choices and continued safety measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.

“We know how important it is to see loved ones and celebrate holiday traditions but being vigilant and practicing good safety measures is equally as important to keep everyone safe,” said Health Director David Howard. “Our COVID metrics have come down because of the commitment throughout our community to get vaccinated and be mindful of other safety precautions. Getting vaccinated and continuing those practices will be crucial in navigating these gatherings and keeping everyone involved from getting sick. If you are in a crowded location, and especially if you are not vaccinated, we encourage you to wear a mask and distance from others as much as possible. And if you are feeling under the weather at all, please stay home and do not expose others to a possible illness.”

COVID-19 vaccines for anyone ages 5 and up continue to be offered at both the Health and Human Services Clinic (1650 Greenfield Street) and Independence Mall (3500 Oleander Drive). The Health and Human Services Clinic is open Monday and Wednesday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The Independence Mall clinic will be open Monday and Friday from noon-5 p.m., as well as Tuesday and Thursday from noon-7 p.m. Please note, these clinics will not be open on November 25-26 because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Appointments to get vaccinated can be scheduled by visiting and are strongly encouraged for all types of COVID vaccines (pediatric, adult, and boosters). Walk-ups will be accepted at both locations and vaccines will be administered based on availability.

Additionally, other safety measures can be taken at gatherings over the coming weeks to help reduce possible viral transmission:

  • Wear a well-fitting mask that covers your nose and mouth, particularly if you are indoors or have not been fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated individuals should also consider wearing a mask to reduce the likelihood of transmission.
  • If possible, move indoor celebrations outdoors for better ventilation and more spacing.
  • Do not attend or host a gathering if you have any symptoms related to COVID or other transmissible illnesses, like the flu.
  • If you have symptoms or come in close contact with someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19, get tested.
  • Avoid crowded and poorly ventilated spaces when possible.

COVID-19 Community Data, as of November 18:

  • New Hanover County’s percent positivity rate is 2.5 percent (this represents positive COVID-19 tests as a percent of total tests performed countywide).
  • Over the past 14 days, 212 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the county which is an average of 15.1 cases per day.
  • Approximately 147,569 New Hanover County residents (about 63 percent) have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and approximately 138,605 residents (about 59 percent) are fully vaccinated and protected from COVID-19.

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