At this time, New Hanover County is in a state of emergency which prohibits events and gatherings with more than 10 people.
View community guidance to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for households, businesses, community organizations and others here. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, residents are encouraged to continue increased prevention measures and practice limited contact with others:
Current CDC guidance recommends the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
View a message about face covers from New Hanover County Personal Health Services Manager Carla Turner, RN, BSN, MSHA in the video below.
Residents are also encouraged to prepare for the potential impacts of COVID-19 as you would for other emergencies, using the ReadyNHC steps:
The NC Department of Health and Human Services and Governor’s Office have issued the following statewide mitigation measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Additional guidance for bars and restaurants, retail centers and public-facing businesses can be found by clicking here.
If you need medical care and have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or suspect you might have COVID-19, call ahead and tell your health care provider you have or may have COVID-19. This will allow them to take steps to keep other people from getting exposed. NC DHHS recommends that persons experiencing fever and cough should stay at home and not go out until their symptoms have completely resolved.
NC DHHS recommends that people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should stay at home to the extent possible to decrease the chance of infection. People at high risk include people:
NC DHHS recommends that all facilities that serve as residential establishments for high risk persons described above should restrict visitors. Exceptions should include end of life care or other emergent situations determined by the facility to necessitate a visit. If visitation is allowed, the visitor should be screened and restricted if they have a respiratory illness or potential exposure to COVID-19. Facilities are encouraged to implement social distancing measures and perform temperature and respiratory symptom screening of residents and staff. These establishments include settings such as nursing homes, independent and assisted living facilities, correction facilities, and facilities that care for medically vulnerable children.
On March 14, Governor Roy Cooper ordered that all public schools (K-12) will be closed to students beginning Monday, March 16 for two weeks.
NC DHHS recommends that employers and employees use teleworking technologies to the greatest extent possible, stagger work schedules, and consider canceling non-essential travel. Workplaces should hold larger meetings virtually, to the extent possible. Additionally, employers should arrange the workspace to optimize distance between employees, ideally at least six feet apart. Employers should urge high risk employees to stay home and urge employees to stay home when they are sick and maximize flexibility in sick leave benefits.
Governor Roy Cooper has ordered that organizers of events that draw more than 100 people cancel, postpone, or modify these events or offer online streaming services. These events include large gatherings where people are in close contact (less than 6 feet), for example concerts, conferences, sporting events, faith-based events and other large gatherings.
Mass transit operators should maximize opportunities for cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces. People should avoid using use mass transit (e.g. buses, trains) while sick.
New Hanover County, in line with federal recommendations and actions taken by the state, encourages residents to practice social distancing, and under the New Hanover County State of Emergency prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people. To practice social distancing, individuals should maintain a distance of six feet from others, even in outdoor settings like parks, trails, picnic shelters and basketball and tennis courts. Signs have been placed throughout county parks reminding residents to practice social distancing.
According to the CDC, transmission of COVID-19 is thought to be between person-to-person:
Transmission of COVID-19 could also occur from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects, then touching mouth, nose or possibly eyes.
Social distancing, and other community guidance measures, reduce the risk of COVID-19 and are additional ways the community as a whole can protect those believed to be most at risk of serious illness: people over the age of 65, and those with underlying health conditions.