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By the Numbers: Covid-19 updates in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender for week of June 7

With 50% of the adult population fully vaccinated and 54% having received one dose, Gov. Roy Cooper announced last week the launch of a vaccine lottery on June 23, in an effort to get more individuals inoculated against Covid-19. Four names will be randomly drawn over the next three months to win the $1 million vaccine lottery.

Newly vaccinated individuals — who receive at least one shot since Cooper’s announcement on Thursday — will receive two entries. Everyone who has received one shot already will automatically be included in the drawings. Youth, ages 12 to 17, will be entered into four drawings to receive $125,000 to put toward college.

Drawings will continue every other week after June 23.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ dashboard, North Carolina has gone from 2.5% to 2.4% percent positivity in Covid cases. Hospitalizations continue decreasing from 613 to 480, and 13,292 patients have died since Covid began. Newly reported cases decreased significantly from 680 to 284

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 19,712 cases have existed in New Hanover County since March 2020. The death toll is at 174.

According to the county, three residents who passed away were in their 50s, 70s and 80s, all of whom had underlying health conditions.

“We are still seeing deaths from this virus, and it is still present in our community,” public health director David Howard said. “It is a stark reminder that we must continue our vaccination efforts to protect our community and to help avoid losing any more of our neighbors. We must think of others, our family and friends, and do what is right – and that is to get vaccinated.”

CDC is reporting New Hanover’s positivity rate is down to 1.91%.

Updated June 11, 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

Clusters and outbreaks in congregate-living facilities include:

  • Accordius Health at Wilmington: 2 total staff cases
  • Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove: 6 total, 5 staff and 1 resident

In partnership with local healthcare groups and other outreach efforts, the NCDHHS dashboard shows the county has fully inoculated 116,871 people; 109,561 have been partially vaccinated. That puts New Hanover County at 47% of its population fully vaccinated and 50% partially vaccinated.

Vaccines are currently available through NHC public health June 14-18. Below is the schedule:

Monday, June 14:

  • NHC Health & Human Services, 1650 Greenfield St., 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 15:

  • NHC Health & Human Services, 1650 Greenfield St., 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., 8 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.
  • Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Dr., noon- 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 16:

  • NHC Health & Human Services, 1650 Greenfield St., 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 17:

  • NHC Health & Human Services, 1650 Greenfield St., 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
  • Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Dr., noon- 7 p.m.

Friday, June 18:

  • NHC Health & Human Services, 1650 Greenfield St., 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

The walk-up clinics will provide first and second doses. Anyone needing a second dose and received shot one at a different vaccine site will need to show proof of their first dose.

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.

Brunswick County

Brunswick County updates numbers weekly on its table chart. Its current case count, updated June 11, is at 9,365. Its death count has stayed the same at 154. The county is reporting less active cases this week at 58 and 9,153 recovered.

CDC is reporting Brunswick’s positivity rate is down from 2.75% to 2.66%.

Updated June 11, NCDHHS is reporting one cluster at a school that it skipped over from last week:

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

There is one congregate-living facility on the list

  • 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 73,322. It’s fully vaccinated 69,612 people — or 51% of the population. It has partially vaccinated 49% of the population.

Folks can check in here for Brunswick County Public Health appointment availability; questions can be sent to, or call 910-253-2339, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pender County

According to Pender County Health and Human Services, last updated June 8, there have been 5,538 positive tests to date. Of those cases, 99% have recovered, and deaths have remained stable for a few weeks now at 71. Pender also reported one hospitalization.

Pender breaks down its cases by area percentages:

Burgaw: 19% cases
Hampstead: 38% cases
Rocky Point: 19% cases
Watha/Willard: 8% cases
Other: 16% cases

CDC is reporting Pender’s positivity rate is down a little from 6.79% to 3.91%.

Updated June 11, NCDHHS lists the following clusters and outbreaks in Pender County congregate-living facilities:

  • Woodberry Wellness Center: 3 total cases, 2 staff and 1 resident

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 fully vaccinated at 24,056. As well, 22,246 have been partially vaccinated — 38% 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 June 11.

NHRMC has 2,116 Covid-19 patients admitted to the hospital for Covid-19. Of the overall patients, 1,788 were discharged and 322 have died (up four from last week).

The daily average of hospitalized Covid-19 patients has gone down from 9 to 5.

NHRMC has increased vaccinations to 95,980 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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