Friday, August 12, 2022

County says Covid-19 cases are up, but hospitalizations are low

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Covid-19 is spreading more rapidly in the community in recent weeks, but its strain on the healthcare system has remained low, according to a New Hanover County press release.

Statistics are up: The percent positivity rate has climbed from 4.3% to 20.6% since March 25, and the average number of confirmed cases rose from 9.7 to 61.5. However, on May 25, Novant Health reported the average daily number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized over the previous week was 12. 

“We are certainly seeing more COVID tests come back positive, but thankfully a large portion of those infections have not led to hospitalizations,” Pandemic Operations Manager Jon Campbell said in the release.

The county Pandemic Operations Team offers vaccines and boosters at 1507 Greenfield St. Appointments are recommended through, but the team also accepts walk-ins.

The hours are Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Rapid Covid-19 tests are available Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at or on Twitter @alexsands_

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