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By the Numbers: Covid-19 updates in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender for week of May 17

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ dashboard, the numbers keep dropping in North Carolina as Covid cases decline and vaccines slowly creep up. Of the adult population in North Carolina, 47.9% is fully vaccinated, with 52.5% partially vaccinated.

The 65-and-older population have reached 75% full vaccination compared to 47.4% of the 18-to-64 population.

There are 995,754 Covid-19 cases in the state, and hospitalizations continue a downward trek from 763 to 680, with 12,987 deaths since Covid began. Newly reported cases have gone down since last week from 688 to 581. The state’s percent positivity fell from 4.7% to 3.7%.

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, there have been 118 new Covid cases, with a total of 19,512 in New Hanover County since March 2020. The death toll is up by one over the last week to 167.

CDC is reporting New Hanover’s positivity rate is down slightly from last week, landing at 4.31%.

Updated May 21, 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

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: 19 total, with 10 staff and 9 children

As of May 21, clusters and outbreaks in congregate-living facilities include:

  • Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove: 2 total staff cases
  • 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

According to the NHC dashboard, New Hanover has ranked seventh in the state for administering vaccinations.

“As we have seen throughout the pandemic, our community has taken up the call and rolled up their sleeves both literally and figuratively to get the work done to protect one another,” Donna Fayko, health and human services director, said in a release. “But, there is still more work to do, and increasing the numbers of vaccinated residents is what will make our community, the spaces we enjoy and the people we love, safe from COVID-19. Even if you are young and healthy, and not concerned about the effects of getting COVID-19 yourself, please get the vaccine. The more people who are vaccinated, the more we prevent breeding grounds for variants of the disease to pop up and further increase the risk to those more vulnerable to serious outcomes. So, I urge our residents to continue to do your part and come visit a vaccination site to ask questions, get information and get your shot.”

In partnership with local healthcare groups and other outreach efforts, the NCDHHS dashboard shows the county has inoculated more than 1,000 people in one week, with 104,112 people fully vaccinated; 112,962 have been partially vaccinated. That puts New Hanover County at 44.4% of its population fully vaccinated and 48.2% partially vaccinated.”

Vaccines are currently available through NHC public health on May 24 and 26. 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.

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 9,280. Its death count has risen from last week, going from 134 to 153. The county is reporting less active cases this week at 110 and 9,017 recovered.

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

Brunswick updates numbers weekly on its table chart.

Updated May 21, NCDHHS is reporting one cluster at schools:

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

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 May 21:

  • Carolina Dunes Behavioral Health: 30 total cases, with 28 staff and 2 residents
  • Universal Health Care: 9 total cases, with 5 staff and 4 residents

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is reporting Brunswick administered more first doses this week at 71,746. It’s fully vaccinated 67,116 people — or 47% of the population. It has partially vaccinated 50.2% 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 17, and the NCDHHS Covid dashboard, there have been 5,458 positive tests to date, up 200 over the last few weeks. Of those cases, 99% have recovered, and deaths have remained stable for a few weeks now at 69. Pender also reported one hospitalization.

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 down from 8.89% last week to 6.57%.

Updated May 21, 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:

  • Woodberry Wellness Center: 148 total cases, 55 staff, 93 residents and 11 resident deaths

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

  • Rocky Point Elementary: 8 total cases, 1 staff and 7 students
  • Penderlea Christian Academy: 15 total cases, 3 staff and 12 students

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 NCDHHS, vaccinations have gone up in the county from last week with more people vaccinated at 21,021. As well, 23,086 have been partially vaccinated — 36.6% 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 21.

NHRMC has 2,066 Covid-19 patients admitted to the hospital for Covid-19. Of the overall patients, 1,727 were discharged and 316 have died (up three from last week).

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

NHRMC has increased vaccinations to 94,110 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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