COVID-19 Cases Reach 2,449 In New Hanover County

As of Friday July 31st, 2,449 had tested positive to date with 295 recovered and 20 deaths. That's an increase from 2,283 reported on July 28th of people that had tested positive. The latest deaths were people in their 70's and 80's. As of Friday July 31st, 2,449 had tested positive to date with 295 recovered and 20 deaths. That's an increase from 2,283 reported on July 28th of people that had tested positive. The latest deaths were people in their 70's and 80's.

COVID-19 Cases Reach 2,449 In New Hanover County Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 04 August 2020 00:40

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - New Hanover County Public Health officials were notified of additional deaths of county residents from COVID-19 last week and are monitoring outbreaks and clusters of COVID-19 in congregate living and child care settings in New Hanover County.
As of Friday July 31st, 2,449 had tested positive to date with 295 recovered with 20 deaths. That's an increase from 2,283 reported on July 28th of people that had tested positive.
Three of the individuals who died last week were in their 80’s, and the other two were in their 70’s. All were considered to be at risk of severe illness because they were over the age of 65 and had underlying health conditions. This brings the total number of New Hanover County residents who have died from COVID-19 to 20.
New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman  explained, "This is the highest increase in deaths we’ve seen in a week, but even just one is too many," and, "My sincere condolences to these families and friends of our residents who have passed away from COVID-19. I urge our community to take the steps we know will slow the spread and protect others from getting sick – wear a face covering when in public, maintain six feet of distance from others and wash your hands often. Together we will push this virus back down week by week."
According to New Hanover County officials, they were also prepared for potential impacts of Hurricane Isaias amid COVID-19 and residents were urged to be ReadyNHC – Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Stay Informed.
As the hurricane season progresses towards the historical peak of the season in September, the same plans apply:
• Make a Plan: Social distancing guidelines and shelter guidance require additional space per person to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which will greatly reduce the capacity of county emergency shelters for this hurricane season. Residents should plan now where they will go if evacuation is necessary. County emergency shelters will be very limited and at this time New Hanover County does not plan to open a storm shelter for Hurricanes considering with a low-risk forecast track.
• Build a Kit: In addition to emergency supplies like food, water, batteries, medications, pet supplies, important documents and other needs, add items like face coverings and hand sanitizer to kits this year. Your emergency kit should include enough supplies for five to seven days.
• Stay Informed: Visit ReadyNHC.com for preparedness information and to stay informed by signing up for emergency news alerts.
County officials urge residents to practice
the three W’s – Wear, Wait, Wash, to slow the spread of COVID-19.
For more information, visit www.nhcgov.com

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