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Posted on: January 20, 2023

New Hanover County CDC Community Level Returns to Low

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County is back in the Low CDC COVID Community Level after case rates and healthcare impacts have improved this week. While we are now at a low community level, it’s important to stay prepared for ch...

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Posted on: January 12, 2023

Energy bill assistance available for New Hanover County residents

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Health and Human Services is administering the federally-funded Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) for qualified households through March 31, or until funds are exhausted. The program provides a one-ti...

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News Releases
Posted on: January 6, 2023

New Hanover County CDC Community Level Increases to High

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Following a review of the latest COVID-19 data for New Hanover County, the CDC Community Level has increased to High.?The majority of the state is now at a high community level, indicating COVID-19 is widely circulating.  ...

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News Releases
Posted on: December 13, 2022

Updated COVID-19 boosters available for everyone 6 months and older at Pandemic Operations Center

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have expanded the eligibility for the updated bivalent COVID-19 vaccine formulas from Pfizer and Moderna to include everyone six months...

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Posted on: December 7, 2022

New Hanover County Public Health Department awarded reaccreditation designation

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Following a rigorous review by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board, New Hanover County Health and Human Services’ Public Health Department has been awarded Reaccreditation De...

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News Releases
Posted on: December 2, 2022

Public Notice: Health and Human Services Board meeting rescheduled, subcommittee meeting canceled

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Notice is hereby given that the regular meeting of the New Hanover County Health and Human Services (HHS) Board has been rescheduled and will now be held on December 13, 2022, at 8 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the He...

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News Releases
Posted on: December 1, 2022

Pandemic Operations Call Center gets a new number

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Beginning December 1, the Pandemic Operations Call Center will be available at a new number. Community members needing more details about vaccines, boosters, at-home testing kits and other COVID-related informat...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 30, 2022

New Hanover County Health and Human Services recognizes World AIDS Day, offers free testing

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – December 1 is internationally recognized as World AIDS Day, an annual event designed to unite everyone in the fight against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), show support for people living with HIV and commemorate those...

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Posted on: November 18, 2022

Thanksgiving precautions encouraged, COVID-19 vaccines and booster available on walk-in basis

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Residents are encouraged to practice safety precautions over the Thanksgiving holiday with COVID-19 continuing to impact the community. Some of these measures include getting a vaccine and updated booster, self-...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 4, 2022

Safety measures encouraged to help avoid COVID-19, other respiratory viruses

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – While COVID-19 metrics in New Hanover County have improved over the last few weeks, this time of year is the beginning of respiratory virus season. Across the country, medical professionals have seen a spike in ...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 28, 2022

Residents encouraged to dispose of unneeded medication during Take Back Day

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Making sure unused or unwanted prescription medication doesn’t fall into the wrong hands is important for community health and safety.  

With National Prescription Drug Take Back Day s...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 21, 2022

Updated COVID-19 boosters are now available to everyone 5 and older

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Following Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorization and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendation, the Pandemic Operations Center is now offering updated bivalent COVID-19 boosters for eve...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 13, 2022

Health and Human Services encourages safe sleeping habits to protect infants

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – With October designated as National Safe Sleep Awareness Month across the country, New Hanover County Health and Human Services is reminding residents just how important it is to practice safe sleeping habits with an inf...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 3, 2022

New Hanover County Public Health offers drive-thru flu vaccines in October

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC –?New Hanover County Health and Human Services’ Public Health will be offering drive-thru flu vaccines over the next two weeks. Flu vaccines will be given this week, October 4-7, and next week, October 10-14, fro...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 7, 2022

Pandemic Operations Center updates operations, no longer providing on-site COVID testing

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The Pandemic Operations Center will no longer provide on-site COVID-19 testing as part of its daily operations. This change comes based on the availability of testing throughout the community and as a result of ...

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Posted on: September 19, 2022

Joint partnership between county and city aims to connect homeless with resources

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – At Monday’s meeting, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a pilot program with the City of Wilmington to help connect individuals experiencing homelessness with much-neede...

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Posted on: September 16, 2022

New Hanover County offers COVID vaccines, updated boosters and flu vaccines, free to all residents

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County COVID metrics continue to improve, resulting in the county remaining at the Low CDC Community Level for another week.?The Pandemic Operations Center is continuing to offer the COVID-19 vaccines along w...

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Posted on: September 15, 2022

Public Notice: HHS Historically Marginalized Populations Subcommittee to meet September 20

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC –?Notice is hereby given that the Health and Human Services (HHS) Board’s Historically Marginalized Populations Subcommittee will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. The purpose of this meeti...

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News Releases
Posted on: September 12, 2022

Gap Rental Assistance program to continue under updated guidelines

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – To help lower income families in the community meet rental housing needs, New Hanover County will continue to offer the Workforce Housing Gap Rental Assistance Pilot Program for a second year, with several updat...

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News Releases
Posted on: September 7, 2022

Eligibility for the Monkeypox vaccine, Jynneos, expands

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Increased supply of the monkeypox vaccine (Jynneos) has allowed the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) to expand eligibility for the vaccine. The Pandemic Operations Center (1507 Gre...

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News Releases
Posted on: September 6, 2022

Commissioners approve Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Strategy

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – During Tuesday’s meeting, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted the county’s first Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Strategic Plan. This strategic...

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News Releases
Posted on: September 6, 2022

Updated Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 boosters available at Pandemic Operations Center

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The updated Pfizer and Moderna bivalent COVID-19 booster shots are now available at the New Hanover County Pandemic Operations Center. This booster is specifically designed to build protection from both the alpha and omic...

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News Releases
Posted on: September 1, 2022

West Nile Virus found in local mosquitoes

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Recent testing of mosquitoes trapped by New Hanover County Public Health’s mosquito control team confirmed some were positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). The public should not be alarmed, but should be vigilant ...

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News Releases
Posted on: August 31, 2022

Current versions of COVID-19 boosters paused for those 12 and over, updated boosters available soon

NEW HANOVER COUNTY – Following Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance, the administration of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 booster shots to individuals who are 12 years or older at the New Hanover County Pandemic Operations Center ha...

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News Releases
Posted on: August 26, 2022

Novavax COVID-19 vaccine available for ages 12 and up; CDC Community Level back at Low

NEW HANOVER COUNTY – The New Hanover County Pandemic Operations Center is now offering the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine to those 12 and older.? 

This week, the Food and Drug Administration expanded Emergency Use Authorization to Nov...

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News Releases
Posted on: August 22, 2022

First Case of Monkeypox Identified in New Hanover County

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Public Health has confirmed the first case of monkeypox in the county. The patient is currently isolating and individuals who may have been in close contact with the patient while they were infectious ...

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News Releases
Posted on: August 19, 2022

CDC updates COVID-19 guidelines on safeguards, isolation

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Last week, the CDC announced new guidelines to help the public navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These new guidelines apply to everyone, regardless of vaccination status, and are intended to help the public know th...

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News Releases
Posted on: August 18, 2022

New Hanover County earns award from N.C. Association of County Commissioners

NEW HANOVER COUNTY – During its 115th annual conference last week, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) presented New Hanover County with an Excellence in Innovation Award recognizing the county’s eff...

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News Releases
Posted on: August 11, 2022

New Hanover County monitors monkeypox, offers vaccinations and education to reduce risk

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County’s Health and Human Services’ Public Health and Pandemic Operations teams have been monitoring the current global outbreak of monkeypox, what it means for the commu...

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News Releases
Posted on: August 3, 2022

Pandemic Operations Center to offer Novavax COVID-19 vaccine

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County’s Pandemic Operations Center will begin offering the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, August 4.

Novavax has been granted Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Admini...

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Posted on: August 3, 2022

WIC offers breastfeeding support, helps families meet nutritional needs

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The first week of August marks World Breastfeeding Week, an international event highlighting the benefits of mother’s breastfeeding their newborn children.

Here in New Hanover County, the team at Women, Infants ...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 29, 2022

New Hanover County COVID metrics remain elevated, interventions encouraged

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County is continuing to see the impacts of the latest COVID-19 variant, with rising case rates and impacts on the local medical system.    

According to CDC data, t...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 25, 2022

New Hanover County recognized with 10 National Achievement Awards

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – For the seventh straight year, New Hanover County has been honored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) with Achievement Awards that recognize various programs and initiatives aimed at improving customer servic...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 18, 2022

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Now Available

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC –  A new three-digit number – 988 – is now live for anyone in the nation to call and be connected to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. By having an easy-to-remember nu...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 15, 2022

Rate of COVID cases keeps New Hanover County at a Medium CDC Level

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Health professionals are seeing BA.5, the highly transmissible COVID-19 Omicron variant, continue to be the dominant viral strain across the country and its presence is being seen in New Hanover County’s CDC Co...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 8, 2022

CDC Community Level elevated to Medium for New Hanover County

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Following the July 4 holiday weekend, New Hanover County’s COVID-19 metrics have reached Medium CDC Community Level benchmarks as viral spread has significantly increased in the area. To help mitigate ...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 1, 2022

Pandemic Operations Team offers tips for safer holiday weekend celebrations

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – As summer gets into full swing, many in the community are preparing for Independence Day celebrations over the coming weekend. New Hanover County’s Pandemic Operations Team is encouraging citizens to celebrate ...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 27, 2022

New Hanover County Medicaid Health Plan and Resource Fair on June 29

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC?–?New Hanover County Health and Human Services’?(HHS)?is hosting a Medicaid Health Fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29. The event will take place at the HHS building at 1650 Greenfield Street in Wilm...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 21, 2022

Breeding ground awareness crucial as mosquito season begins

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Warm summer temperatures and standing water are indicators that mosquito season is officially underway in New Hanover County. As National Mosquito Awareness Week (June 19-25) begins, it’s important to remember the role residents c...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 20, 2022

COVID-19 vaccines now available for children ages 6 months and older

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Children as young as six months can receive pediatric doses of the COVID-19 vaccine immediately following approval by the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and the North Carolina Department of Hea...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 17, 2022

County’s CDC Community Level still low, vaccines for kids 6 months and older expected soon

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – COVID-19 case rates continue to be elevated in the area, but New Hanover County saw a slight improvement in a key metric used by the CDC to determine Community Level, leading to the county remaining in the Low level once ...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 16, 2022

Public Notice: HHS Historically Marginalized Populations Subcommittee to meet June 21

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC –?Notice is hereby given that the Health and Human Services (HHS) Board’s Historically Marginalized Populations Subcommittee will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. 

This meeting is to review effo...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 15, 2022

EPA announces updated health advisories for PFAS compounds

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?(EPA) announced new drinking water health advisories for PFAS chemicals, including GenX. The updated health advisories levels are based on new science and consider...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 14, 2022

Resident input needed for community health needs assessment

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC- New Hanover County Health and Human Services, in collaboration with Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center, is asking residents to provide feedback aimed at improving community health by taking part in ...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 3, 2022

Pandemic Operations Team monitoring COVID-19, other infectious disease info

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – While the number of COVID-19 cases in New Hanover County has steadily increased in recent weeks, the CDC’s community level for our area remains low, mainly because the local healthcare system is not be...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 2, 2022

Applications open for New Hanover County’s Older Adult Dental Program

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Starting in July, New Hanover County residents ages 55 or older without dental insurance and who meet certain requirements will have the opportunity to receive dental care at no cost through New Hanover County&a...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 20, 2022

COVID-19 boosters authorized for children 5-11, at-home test kits available, local metrics increase

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep young people protected, the FDA and CDC authorized COVID-19 booster doses for children ages 5-11 earlier this week, and today the North Carolina Department of Health and Human...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 6, 2022

Pandemic Operations continues focus on community safety as State of Emergency ends

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – At Monday’s meeting, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners voted to rescind the State of Emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic that had been in place since March 20, 2020, now that pandemi...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 4, 2022

National Foster Care Month highlights continued need for community support

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Every day, foster homes in New Hanover County strive to address the needs of young people by providing a loving, supportive environment. With 280 children and teenagers currently in the county’s foster care sys...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 22, 2022

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 is monitoring recent trends in local COVID-19 indicators to help keep the public i...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 8, 2022

Pandemic Operations Team adds epidemiologist to monitor viral data and trends

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The New Hanover County Pandemic Operations Team is welcoming a new member to enhance its response to COVID-19 and other viral diseases. Kansas native Ian Appling began his role as the county’s first epidemiologist earlier...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 5, 2022

Growing together, being a connection for others is focus of Child Abuse Prevention Month

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Providing a safe, nurturing environment for growth and learning is a vital part of the childhood experience. In New Hanover County, Health and Human Services’ Child Protective Services works diligently to make ...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 11, 2022

Walk-ins welcome for COVID vaccines and testing; CDC community level rated low

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – To provide flexibility to residents who need a free COVID-19 vaccine, booster or rapid test, the New Hanover County Pandemic Operations Center is now encouraging a scheduled appointment for these services but will not re...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 3, 2022

CDC releases new COVID-19 Community Level tool to help guide prevention steps

UPDATE: At the time of this release's publication, the CDC COVID-19 Community Level for New Hanover County was Medium. Since that time, the level has been elevated to High. Find recommendations for what precautions to take at this level....

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News Releases
Posted on: February 24, 2022

As COVID guidelines change, children and youth vaccines strongly encouraged

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC - As restrictions and safety guidance related to COVID-19 are eased, officials with New Hanover County Health and Human Services are continuing to stress the importance of vaccinations and boosters, particularly in school-a...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 21, 2022

Commissioners express concerns about Chemours’ well water sampling plan

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC - The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners, along with Public Health Director David Howard, recently sent letters to North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) Secretary Elizabeth Biser, regarding Chemo...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 17, 2022

As COVID trends slowly improve, HHS continues to emphasize importance of vaccines, booster

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC - While locally-focused COVID-19 metrics in New Hanover County have recently moved in a positive direction, officials with Health and Human Services continue to stress the need for individuals to get vaccinated and boosted ...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 3, 2022

HHS COVID vaccination sites moving to Pandemic Ops Center, testing added

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC - Next week, New Hanover County Health and Human Services (HHS) will be closing its COVID vaccination sites at Independence Mall and at the HHS health clinic and moving the operations over to the HHS Pandemic Operations Cen...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 10, 2022

COVID testing available at Pandemic Operations Center starting next week

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC - Starting February 16, members of the community looking to get tested for COVID-19 will be able to receive this service, free of charge, at the New Hanover County Health and Human Services Pandemic Operations Center (1507 ...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 31, 2022

Second booster doses now available at Pandemic Operations Center for ages 50 and up

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC –?New Hanover County residents ages 50 and older and certain immunocompromised individuals are now eligible to receive a second COVID-19 booster shot following recent approval from the?Food and Drug Administration?(FDA),?C...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 25, 2022

COVID vaccines, boosters still available at Pandemic Operations Center

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – As metrics related to COVID-19 tracking in New Hanover County remain low, officials continue to encourage members of the community who are not yet vaccinated or boosted to do so.

“The last few weeks have seen si...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 18, 2022

On the two-year anniversary of first NHC COVID case, a letter to our community

Dear neighbors,

We have come a long way since March 11, 2020 when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. All of our lives have been forever changed, but we have been heartened by our community’s willingness to do what it takes, ...

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