New Hanover County COVID-19 data shows more outbreaks

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County health officials says this week’s data shows a continued increase of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of cases among younger people, and new outbreaks in congregate living and child care settings.

Additionally, New Hanover County Public Health was informed Friday of a resident who died as a result of COVID-19, bringing the total number of New Hanover County residents who have died from COVID-19 to eight.

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The person was in their 80’s and considered to be at risk of severe illness because of underlying health conditions.

“Another heartbreaking outcome of COVID-19 for one of our families, and I extend my most sincere sympathy to the family and friends of our community member who has passed away from this terrible virus,” said New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman. “The data we are seeing every week shows COVID-19 continues to impact more and more residents. So please do whatever you can to slow the spread of this virus – wear a face covering and wait six feet from others when out in public, and wash your hands and high touch surfaces as often as possible. Together we can protect our loved ones and community members from potential serious illness or death. Please, do your part.”

Residents are urged to practice the three W’s – Wear, Wait, Wash, to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Outbreaks are being reported three child care centers: Kiddie Academy, Milestone Learning Center and Mustard Seed.

An outbreak is also reported at the New Hanover County Jail along with several congregate living facilities.

Read more here about this week’s COVID-19 update from the county.