New Hanover Co. health officials confirm 9th death due to COVID-19

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Public health officials say the ninth New Hanover County resident has died from COVID-19.

The person who died was in their 70’s and considered to be at risk of serious illness from COVID-19 because they were over the age of 65 and had underlying health conditions, according to the county health department.

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“I am deeply saddened by the loss of another one of our neighbors to COVID-19, and offer my sympathy to their family and friends in this time of loss,” New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman said. “We know how to be proactive in fighting this virus, and protecting those at risk in our community, and that’s to follow the protective measures that slow the spread. Wear a face covering and maintain six feet of distance from others when out in public, and wash your hands and high-touch surfaces well and often. Our individual actions can either put someone at risk, or save someone’s life.”

The total number of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Hanover County surpassed 1,600 Monday, and is at 1,612 as of 3 p.m.

The county says hospitalizations in the region continue to increase, as well as outbreaks and clusters of the virus in congregate living and child care settings, as reported Friday in a weekly update from New Hanover County Public Health.

Cases among people under the age of 49 continue to rise, and the county says those age 25-49 who have died from COVID-19, 26 percent had no known underlying health conditions.

“Younger people are not immune to this virus and can unknowingly bring it to others or experience serious illness themselves,” Public Health Preparedness Coordinator Lisa Brown said. “There are still things about this virus we don’t fully understand, which is why it’s so important to take action on the things we do understand, like following the three Ws – Wear, Wait, Wash – to slow the spread and protect our community and loved ones. This is our defense and will help flatten the curve, prevent overwhelming our healthcare system and ensure care is available for those who need it when they need it.”