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Layered boosters and protections remain crucial as COVID numbers rise

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, North Carolina – As metrics measuring the spread of COVID-19 in New Hanover County continue to remain high, New Hanover County Health and Human Services officials are encouraging all members of the community to get fully vaccinated and to receive a booster dose once eligible.

“The Omicron variant, which the CDC now estimates to account for 99% of cases in the Southeast region, is spreading very rapidly in our region, causing severe disruption to health care, schools, and businesses. We all need to use the tools at our disposal to control these impacts: wear a mask in indoor public places, distance yourself from people outside your household, and stay home and away from others if you are symptomatic or exposed. . Please also get vaccinated. We have the power to defeat this pandemic – the vaccines available for COVID-19 are effective, they work as expected keeping the vast majority of those who are fully vaccinated out of harm’s way,” said Chief Health Officer David Howard . “The fight against COVID-19 and its variants is about being proactive rather than reactive. The more we all do before being exposed, like getting vaccinated and boosted, the more likely we are to minimize the impact of the virus on our health, our families, our work and our neighbors.

According to new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, booster doses can now be received five months after an individual has been fully vaccinated (two doses) with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. People who have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine only need to wait two months before receiving a booster.

Pfizer boosters have been approved for anyone 12 or older, while boosters for Johnson & Johnson or Moderna can be received by anyone 18 or older.

New Hanover County Health and Human Services immunization clinics at 1650 Greenfield Street and Independence Mall offer initial and booster shots to anyone who is eligible. Appointments are encouraged and can be scheduled by visiting TakeMyShot.NC.gov. Walk-ins are accepted at both clinics and vaccines will be administered based on availability.

“About 65% of the people in our county have already received at least one vaccine, of which about 62% are fully vaccinated. We are so grateful for the efforts of many people in this county to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community,” Howard said. “We hope to see these numbers continue to rise, and that our numbers of recalls will also increase, as the importance of getting vaccinated grows every day. Together we can slow the spread and limit the impact of COVID on our community.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines and reminders, visit Health.NHCgov.com or call the Coronavirus Call Center at 910-798-6800. The call center is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Health and Social Services Council meeting set for Tuesday

The Health and Social Services Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 18. During this meeting, the Council will discuss and revisit the health rule relating to face coverings for indoor public places and other preventive measures to slow the spread of COVID. -19 in New Hanover County.

The meeting will take place in the multipurpose room of the Health and Social Services building, located at 1650 Greenfield Street. The public can watch the meeting live on NHCTV.com, youtube.com/NewHanoverCo and Spectrum Cable channel 13; or listen to the meeting by dialing 415-655-0003 and when prompted for a meeting ID, press 808 594 284 followed by the pound sign (#).

Comments can be submitted ahead of the online meeting here until noon on Friday, January 14. The public can also attend the hearing in person and speak about the proposed rule. Those wishing to speak will be required to register prior to the meeting and comments will be limited to 3 minutes each, with a total of 45 minutes allotted for public comment during the hearing, which is consistent with HHS Board operating procedures. .

COVID-19 community data, as of January 13:

  • New Hanover County’s percent positivity over the past 14 days is 31% (this represents positive molecular testing (PCR) as a percentage of total PCR testing done countywide).
  • In the past 14 days, 5,056 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the county, an average of 361.1 cases per day.
  • According to the NHRMC, as of January 10, the average daily number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized over the previous week was 69.
  • Approximately 152,635 New Hanover County residents (approximately 65%) have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and approximately 144,216 residents (approximately 62%) are fully vaccinated and protected against COVID-19.

See additional information and data about COVID-19 at Health.NHCgov.com.

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