COVID-19 Cases In New Hanover County On The Rise

COVID-19 Cases In New Hanover County On The Rise

COVID-19 Cases In New Hanover County On The Rise Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 09 June 2020 17:20

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - On June 4th, New Hanover County officials announced a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. That increase was 28 new cases over two days bringing the total to 243. At 4:PM on June 9th, the number of cases was 288. An increase of 45 cases. Of those cases, 123 had recovered and five passed away.
The County and local municipalities recently eased restrictions including reopening beach access areas, allowing restaurants to operate under restrictions on occupancy and allowing short term rentals and hotels to reopen. The weekend prior to Memorial Day weekend, people began flocking to area beaches. Many license plates on vehicles headed to area beaches were from other states such as New York, Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, South Carolina and others.

Protests took place in downtown Wilmington following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man last week in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Floyd's death was the result of a police officer named Derek Chauvin placing his knee on the neck of Floyd while other officers watched but did not help to pull the officer off of Floyd prior to his death.

Since the murder of  Floyd on May 25th, cities throughout the U.S. experienced protests calling for justice. In many cities, peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals inciting riots; looting and burning local businesses and causing harm to innocent bystanders and law enforcement.

New Hanover County Public Health Preparedness Coordinator Lisa Brown explained, "With increased activity we expect to continue to see more cases of COVID-19, and this sharp rise in cases is being monitored carefully with our hospital and other healthcare partners," and, "We have to stay ahead of potentially overrunning our local healthcare system so we look at cases here as well as in surrounding counties. Cases, as well as hospitalizations, are increasing across the region. We all have to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect those at higher risk of serious illness."

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently reported that 51% percent of North Carolinians are at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19 based on being 65 or older, having at least one of the CDC identified underlying health conditions that compromise fighting COVID-19, or both. This includes chronic lung disease, cardiovascular disease, severe obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease and immunosuppressive conditions, including cancer treatment, smoking and other immune disorders.

Brown explained, "Underlying health conditions span age ranges, and we really have no way of knowing how many of those we are interacting with may be at higher risk, so it’s imperative that we all do our part to protect those around us, like wearing a mask and maintaining six feet of distance from others when out
in public, washing our hands well and often, and staying home if we are sick" and "We don’t have approved therapeutics or a vaccine for COVID-19 yet, so we have to keep working together to slow the spread."

Testing is available in New  Hanover County:

New Hanover County continues to operate the Coronavirus Call Center and offer testing for the community. Residents who have questions about COVID-19, or who are experiencing symptoms can call 910-798-6800 to speak with a public health nurse and be screened and scheduled for testing at an open-air, drive-through site if needed.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea. The Coronavirus Call Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If experiencing more severe symptoms like trouble breathing, chest pain, new confusion or bluish lips or face, seek medical attention immediately.

View testing sites across the community and state by visiting https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/about-covid-19/testing/covid-19-testing-locations

Slow the Spread

Residents are urged to follow physical distancing and protective measure guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect community members, especially those at high risk of serious illness.
•  Wear, Wait, Wash
•  Wear cloth face coverings in public settings.
•  Wait six feet apart from others when out in public. If you must leave your home, follow proper physical distancing protocols and don’t gather in groups.
•  Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
•  Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched (like your phone, tablet, counter tops and daily work surfaces).
•  Stay home if you are sick, even if you are an essential worker. And cover your coughs and sneezes.
•  Comply with state and municipal restrictions and/or recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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