NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The federal Public Health Emergency declaration related to the COVID-19 pandemic is set expire on Thursday, May 11, which will also bring an end to the collection of certain COVID-related data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, including community level and percent positive test rate.
This change will result in the COVID-19 dashboard maintained by New Hanover County regarding community metrics no longer being available.
“Our local dashboard has been a great tool to understand what is going on in our community throughout the pandemic. While the snapshot it provided will no longer be available, it’s important to remember that COVID still exists and people should be vigilant and proactive to keep themselves and their loved ones safe,” said Public Health Director Jon Campbell. “Bivalent vaccines and boosters are still available at Health and Human Services, along with at-home testing kits. These tools, along with good hygiene practices like washing your hands, have helped our community consistently remain at a low risk level over the last year and will continue to serve us well moving forward.”
Vaccines and boosters are available for free on a walk-in basis at the New Hanover County Health and Human Services Clinic (1650 Greenfield Street) from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Members of the community can also receive free at-home test kits at the health clinic during operating hours. Information on age requirements and available vaccines can be found by clicking here.
For more information on the end of the Public Health Emergency, what metrics will continue to be tracked and other COVID-related information, visit the CDC by clicking here.