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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

By the Numbers: Covid-19 updates in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender for week of May 23

Of the 10.49 million population in North Carolina, 48.8% is fully vaccinated, with 53.1% partially vaccinated. (Port City Daily/File)

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ dashboard, the state passed the 1 million mark over the last week in Covid-19 cases, settling in at 1,001,154. Of the adult population in North Carolina, 48.8% is fully vaccinated, with 53.1% partially vaccinated.

Hospitalizations continue a downward trek from 763 to 680, with 13,078 deaths since Covid began. Newly reported cases have gone up over the last week from 581 to 738. The state’s percent positivity remained stable at 3.1%.

Let’s take a look at Covid-19 data, including cases, clusters and outbreaks, and vaccinations, across the tri-county region and at New Hanover Regional Medical Center as well.

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New Hanover County

According to the NHC dashboard, a total of 19,590 cases have existed in New Hanover County since March 2020. The death toll has stayed the same since last week at 167.

“The number of cases of COVID-19 is decreasing, but we continue to have residents in the hospital, severely ill,” New Hanover County Public Health Director David Howard said in a press release.  “About 40 percent of active cases are among people ages 25 to 49. This age range represents working and actively social people who may unknowingly continue to spread the virus.”

The county reported 82 new cases over the last week.

CDC is reporting New Hanover’s positivity rate is down slightly from last week, landing at 3.07%.

Updated May 28, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) shows clusters at one school:

  • DC Virgo Academy: 6 total cases, 1 staff and 5 staff

Childcare facilities reporting cases include:

  • The Learning Tree: 19 total, with 10 staff and 9 children

As of May 28, clusters and outbreaks in congregate-living facilities include:

  • Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove: 4 total, 3 staff and 1 resident
  • Liberty Commons Rehabilitation Center: 3 total staff cases
  • Morningside of Wilmington: 6 total staff cases
  • New Hanover County Detention Center: 98 total cases, 31 staff and 67 inmates

In partnership with local healthcare groups and other outreach efforts, the NCDHHS dashboard shows the county has fully inoculated 105,182 people; 114,313 have been partially vaccinated. That puts New Hanover County at 44.9% of its population fully vaccinated and 48.8% partially vaccinated.

“[I]t’s imperative that everyone who can get vaccinated does so – to prevent more illnesses and prevent the opportunity for variants of the virus to develop,” health director David Howard said.

Vaccines are currently available through NHC public health June 1-3. Folks can choose between Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines at Health and Human Services Building, 1650 Greenfield St, from 8 a.m. to noon, and at Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Dr., noon to 7 p.m. on the June 1 and 3; only the Health and Human Services Building will be operating on June 2.

Other vaccination partners:

  • NHRMC: Vaccinations can be scheduled at or by calling (910) 662-2020 when appointments are available. NHRMC now has an email list available for anyone to sign up to receive notifications when COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available. The link to sign up can be found here.
  • Wilmington Health: Vaccinations can be scheduled at or by calling (910) 407-5115 when appointments are available.

Brunswick County

Brunswick County’s case count is at 9,304. Its death count has stayed the same at 153. The county is reporting less active cases this week at 89 and 9,062 recovered.

CDC is reporting Brunswick’s positivity rate is down from 3.69% to 2.75%.

Brunswick updates numbers weekly on its table chart.

Updated May 28, NCDHHS is reporting one cluster at schools:

  • Roger Bacon Academy: 10 total cases, 1 staff and 9 students

There are two congregate-living facilities on the list as of May 28:

  • Carolina Dunes Behavioral Health: 30 total cases, with 28 staff and 2 residents
  • Universal Health Care: 10 total cases, with 6 staff and 4 residents

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is reporting Brunswick administered more first doses this week at 72,330. It’s fully vaccinated 67,699 people — or 47.4% of the population. It has partially vaccinated 50.6% of the population.

Folks can check in here for Brunswick County Public Health appointment availability; questions can be sent to

Folks who don’t have access to the internet can call public health at 910-253-2339, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pender County

According to Pender County Health and Human Services, last updated May 24, there have been 5,498 positive tests to date. Of those cases, 99% have recovered, and deaths have remained stable for a few weeks now at 69. Pender also reported two hospitalizations.

Pender breaks down its cases by area percentages:

Burgaw: 18% cases
Hampstead: 36% cases
Rocky Point: 18% cases
Watha/Willard: 7% cases
Other: 21% cases

CDC is reporting Pender’s positivity rate is up a little from 6.57% to 6.79%.

Updated May 28, NCDHHS lists the following clusters and outbreaks in Pender County congregate-living facilities:

  • Ashe Gardens: 3 total staff cases
  • The Laurels of Pender: 134 total cases, with 66 staff and 68 residents and 11 resident deaths
  • Pender County Jail: 22 total inmate cases
  • Woodberry Wellness Center: 3 total cases, 2 staff and 1 resident

Below are Congregate Living Setting outbreaks considered over since last week’s report:

  • Ashe Gardens: 3 total staff cases
  • Pender County Jail: 23 cases, 1 staff, 22 inmates
  • Woodberry Wellness Center: 2 total cases, 1 staff, 3 residents

It’s also reporting two clusters in K-12 schools:

  • Rocky Point Elementary: 8 total cases, 1 staff and 7 students
  • Penderlea Christian Academy: 5 total cases, 1 staff and 4 students

According to NCDHHS, vaccinations have gone up in the county from last week with more people vaccinated at 21,423. As well, 23,499 have been partially vaccinated — 37.3% of the population.

Appointments are open through Pender County Public Health.

Folks can call 910-663-4200 on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m or make online appointments at

New Hanover Regional Medical Center

New Hanover Regional Medical Center serves a seven-county region so numbers from its Covid-19 dashboard aren’t necessarily reflective of only residents from New Hanover County.

Stats on NHRMC’s dashboard were updated May 28.

NHRMC has 2,082 Covid-19 patients admitted to the hospital for Covid-19. Of the overall patients, 1,753 were discharged and 317 have died (up one from last week).

The daily average of hospitalized Covid-19 patients has gone down from 22 to 13.

NHRMC has increased vaccinations to 94,993 doses administered.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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