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By the Numbers: Covid-19 updates in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender for week of Apr. 26

Vaccinations continue to increase across N.C. with 40.5% of the population fully vaccinated. Gov. Cooper is looking at two-thirds receiving at least one shot to lift the majority of Covid-19 restrictions. (Port City Daily/File)

With 40.5% of the adult population fully vaccinated, Gov. Cooper lifted the mask mandate outdoors for vaccinated people last Friday. He also doubled outdoor gatherings to 200 people and indoors to 100 people.

The order also lifts masks for high-school athletes playing indoors.

Cooper extended through June 1 the executive order that allows bars and restaurants to continue selling sealed to-go alcoholic beverages. He reiterated, in order to ease remaining Covid-19 restrictions across the state (though, he will likely keep the mask mandate for indoor public gatherings), he would like to see two-thirds of the population receive at least one shot by June 1. So far, 49.2% of the population has received one shot.

RELATED: Emails: Governor Roy Cooper could be in New Hanover County next Thursday

To date in NC, there have been more than 960,000 Covid-19 cases across the state since the pandemic began. As of Friday, Apr. 30, there were 1,101 hospitalizations, 12,651 deaths, and 2,231 newly reported cases. The state’s percent positivity is 4.8%, hovering below health officials’ goal of 5%.

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

The the NCDHHS dashboard is reporting 18,845 cases in New Hanover County — up by almost 50 from last week. The death toll is still at 164, with no new deaths over the last week.

CDC is reporting New Hanover’s positivity rate has increased slightly from 5.75% to 5.83%.

Updated Apr. 30, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) shows clusters at two schools:

  • Myrtle Grove Christian School: 7 total cases, with 1 staff member and 6 children.
  • John T. Hoggard High School: 6 total cases, all children

Port City Daily does a tri-county school check-in every week, breaking down cases according to what the schools are reporting. It can be read here.

Childcare facilities reporting cases include:

  • The Learning Tree: 6 total, with 4 staff and 2 children

As of Apr. 30, clusters and outbreaks in congregate-living facilities include:

  • Liberty Commons Rehabilitation Center: 2 total staff cases
  • New Hanover County Detention Facility: 97 total cases, with 31 staff and 66 inmates
  • Spring Arbor of Wilmington: 17 total cases, with nine staff and eight residents

The NCDHHS dashboard shows the county has inoculated 72,243 people fully through NC providers — not including the federal pharmacy program; 82,240 have been partially vaccinated.

Appointments are currently open through NHC public health and can be made here.

As well, the county is hosting a walk-up Pfizer vaccine clinic on Monday and Wednesday at Independence Mall and the public health building on Greenfield Street. Anyone 16 and older can drop in at their convenience.

New Hanover County informs residents through emails, text alerts and social media posts. People can also sign up to receive notifications online or by contacting the Coronavirus Call Center at 910-798-6800 weekdays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Other appointments through vaccine providers can be made at:

  • 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.

Public health also has released the following information for anyone attempting to get a vaccine in the county:

  • Public health, as instructed by NCDHHS, will only vaccinate people who live or work in North Carolina.
  • When appointments are available for the county’s online scheduling system, a unique email is required for each appointment. In addition, appointments cannot be transferred to someone else after they have been made.
  • Spanish interpreters are available in the call center to assist with booking appointments and the online appointment system through the county is in English and Spanish when appointments are available.
  • If you have received your first dose of the vaccine, you should receive your second dose of the vaccine through the same provider. Second doses should occur on the date outlined on your vaccine card and not be rescheduled.

Brunswick County

Brunswick County’s case count is at 9,097. Its death count is 152 (up by two from last week), and the county is reporting 192 active cases and 8,753 recovered.

CDC is reporting Brunswick’s positivity rate is up from 5.25% to 5.83%.

Brunswick’s Covid-19 dashboard has been down since Jan. 24 due to technical issues. However, it has updated numbers listed on a table chart.

Updated Apr. 30, NCDHHS is reporting one cluster at schools:

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

Port City Daily does a tri-county school check-in every week, breaking down cases according to what the schools are reporting. It can be read here.

There are two congregate-living facilities on the list as of Apr. 30:

  • Carolina Dunes Behavioral Health: 30 total, with 28 staff (up by 2 from last week) and two resident
  • Universal Health Care: 2 total staff cases

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is reporting Brunswick administered more first doses this week at 17,954 through NC providers — not including the federal pharmacy program. It’s fully vaccinated 15,477 people.

Brunswick County Public Health has 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 on Apr. 26, there have been 5,261 positive tests to date. Of those cases, 98% have recovered, and deaths have remained stable since last week at 69. Pender also reported two hospitalizations.

Pender breaks down its cases by area percentages:

Burgaw: 18% cases
Hampstead: 36% cases
Rocky Point: 17% cases
Watha/Willard: 7% cases
Other: 22% cases

CDC is reporting Pender’s positivity rate is up from last week from 8.78% to 11.79%.

Updated Apr. 30, NCDHHS lists the following clusters and outbreaks in Pender County congregate-living facilities:

  • Ashe Gardens Care Facility: 2 total staff cases
  • The Laurels of Pender: 129 total cases, 61 staff, 68 residents, 11 deaths
  • Woodbury Wellness Center: 146 total cases, 53 staff, 93 residents and nine resident deaths
  • Pender County Jail: 22 total inmates

Its also reporting no clusters or outbreaks in K-12 schools in Pender County.

Port City Daily does a tri-county school check-in every week, breaking down cases according to what the schools are reporting. It can be read here.

According to the state, vaccinations have gone up in the county from last week with more people vaccinated at 15,477 through NC providers — not including the federal pharmacy program. As well, 17,954 have been partially vaccinated.

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 Apr. 30.

NHRMC has 1,999 Covid-19 patients admitted to the hospital for Covid-19. Of the overall patients, 1,661 were discharged and 311 have died (up two from last week).

The daily average of hospitalized Covid-19 patients has gone up from 19 to 25.

NHRMC has increased vaccinations, both first and second doses, by more than 3,000 over the last week and has administered 91,129 doses.

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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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