The Pandemic Operations Team continues to monitor COVID-19 indicators
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – As part of ongoing efforts to protect the community, the New Hanover County Health and Human Services’ Pandemic Operations team monitors the latest trends in local COVID-19 indicators to help keep the public informed.
Since April 8, the percentage positivity for testing in New Hanover County has increased from 3 to 7.7 percent, while the average number of new cases reported per day has increased from 10.7 to 13.7.
“Over the past two weeks, New Hanover County has seen an increase in several indicators, but we remain in the low category for CDC community-level tracking at present,” said pandemic surgery epidemiologist Ian Appling. “When we see that indicators are starting to rise, it is important to remember that there are measures in place to help keep you safe and reduce transmission. This includes keeping up to date with vaccines and boosters, to be tested if you experience symptoms and wearing face clothing while indoors, especially in crowded environments. “
While current societal trends remain in a positive place, hospitalization and serious illness from COVID-19 remain a concern, especially for the county’s elderly population or those with underlying health conditions, as well as the people who live with or care for them. individuals.
“It’s important to continue to take care of each other as we move into the summer months of travel and family gatherings,” Appling added.
To help keep the community safe, the Pandemic Operations Center (1507 Greenfield Street) continues to offer initial vaccines and boosters throughout the week. Appointments are recommended but not required and can be made by visitingTakeMyShot.NC.gov. Vaccines and boosters will be available on the following days and times:
- Mondays from 9-17
- Tuesdays from 9-18
- Thursdays from 9-18
- Fridays from 13-17
The Pandemic Operations Center also offers free quick testing. It is recommended to book an appointment and can be booked during a visitthis link, but again it is not required. Quick tests will be available on the following days and times:
- Wednesdays from 10-14
- Fridays from 9-12
For more information on the Pandemic Operations Center, vaccines, boosters or tests, visitHealth.NHCGov.com/Coronavirusor call the Coronavirus Call Center at 910-798-6800.
Low COVID-19 community level
Following its weekly review of county-specific data, the CDC has kept New Hanover County at a low COVID-19 community level. Recommended precautions for this level include getting fully vaccinated and boosted and testing for COVID if you develop symptoms. Masking at this Community level is optional. The CDC plans to update community levels weekly so residents can check the CDC’s website here to know the current societal impact level.
COVID-19 Community data, per April 22:
- New Hanover County’s percentage positivity over the past 14 days is 7.7 percent (this represents positive molecular (PCR) tests as a percentage of the total number of PCR tests performed nationwide).
- Over the past 14 days, 192 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the county, an average of 13.7 cases per day.
- According to the Novant Health NHRMC, the average daily number of COVID-19 patients was hospitalized during the previous week per week. April 18 7.
- Approximately 148,651 residents (approximately 63 percent) have been vaccinated with two doses or one dose of J&J, and 83,968 residents (approximately 35.8 percent) have been vaccinated with one booster or an additional dose.