By WECT Staff | March 31, 2021 at 5:45 PM EDT – Updated March 31 at 5:45 PM
NEW HANOVER, N.C. (WECT) – New Hanover County reported no additional deaths from COVID-19 over the past week despite 415 new cases being reported. To date, 17,772 people have tested positive for the virus in NHC and 163 people have died.
No increase in the number of deaths from COVID-19 over the past week marks the first seven-day period since October 23, 2020, that no additional deaths from the virus were reported of county residents.
With Easter Weekend coming up, New Hanover County Public Health officials continue to err on the cautious side to avoid a new spike in COVID cases.
“State-wide restrictions have eased and families can now begin seeing one another again safely if they have been vaccinated, but we have to continue practicing safety measures so we don’t see a fourth surge in cases and hospitalizations — like we are seeing in other parts of the country,” said NHC Health and Human Services Director Donna Fayko. “So please, if you gather together this weekend, please stay outdoors, wear your mask if you are in public — that includes when you’re walking down the sidewalks in downtown Wilmington, and stay six feet from others who aren’t in your immediate household. I know we are all ready to get back to a sense of normalcy, and we are heading there with increased vaccinations — but we are nowhere near herd immunity, so we are not yet safe without good public health measures.”
New Hanover County is currently vaccinating anyone in Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the state’s vaccination plan and plans to offer appointments to people in Group 5 beginning April 7.
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