THE LATEST: Things to know about COVID-19 in the Cape Fear

THE LATEST: Things to know about COVID-19 in the Cape Fear
(Source: WECT)

Since the state loosened the criteria, more people are encouraged to get tested with or without symptoms. Find your nearest test site here.

  • As of Saturday, Sept. 19 the number of people that have died from COVID-19 in North Carolina has reached 3,235, according to data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The total number of positive cases now stands at 192,248. Health officials say there are currently 882 in the hospital with COVID-19, though that number is constantly changing.
  • After notification of a positive test result, local health departments contact the person to determine the location and potential close contacts while they were symptomatic, then contacts anyone identified as a “close contact.” If, through this investigative process, it is determined that a group of people that cannot be identified were at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 through interaction with a positive case, only then would a public notification be made. For example, the person with COVID-19 attended a concert or other large, crowded event.
  • NC DHHS is keeping up with the number of presumptive positive and confirmed positive cases of coronavirus in the state. These numbers are updated once a day. Click here for the totals.

Several counties have begun releasing testing information daily.

County Positive Test Results Negative Test Results Samples Taken for Testing Pending Tests Deaths Recovered
Bladen Co. (9/19) 859 n/a n/a n/a 12 775
Brunswick Co. (9/19) 1,537 n/a n/a n/a 26 1,415
Columbus Co. (9/17) 1,304 n/a 14,247 n/a 53 1,063
New Hanover Co. (9/19) 4,244 n/a n/a n/a 29 3,244
Pender Co. (9/18) 876 5,281 6,255 98 7 798


As part of Phase 2.5, the following will be allowed to reopen according to requirements specified:

  • Playgrounds and splash pads
  • Museums and aquariums may open at 50% capacity
  • Gyms and indoor exercise facilities, such as yoga studios, martial arts, and rock climbing, as well as skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor basketball, volleyball etc., may open at 30% capacity.

Phase 2 guidelines remain in place for the following:

  • Restaurants can be open for dine-in customers at mostly a 50% capacity, with distancing and cleaning requirements.
  • Personal care businesses like salons and barbers can also re-open at 50% capacity. These businesses will have face coverings and cleaning requirements while also reducing the number of people in the waiting areas.
  • Swimming pools will be able to open at 50% capacity.
  • Overnight & day camps can open with safety rules.
  • Childcare facilities remain open and can enroll all children.
  • State parks and trails opening encouraged.

Mass gathering limits have been updated to allow 25 people indoors (up from 10) and 50 people outdoors (up from 25)

Large venues remain subject to the mass gathering limits; however, the mass gathering limit does not apply to worship, religious, and spiritual gatherings, funerals or weddings ceremonies, but individuals are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines and to follow the Three Ws to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19. The mass gathering limit will still apply to visitation and reception before or after funeral and wedding ceremonies.

Cooper said the following businesses will remain closed: bars, night clubs, amusement parks, dance halls, movie theaters and indoor entertainment venues.



  • Brunswick County has set up its own hotline — 910-253-2339 — for residents where county nurses will available to answer questions and provide information about the virus. The phone line will be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice. Brunswick County residents can also email with any questions. Emails sent over the weekend will be answered on the next business day.
  • Residents in New Hanover County can call 910-798-6800, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice. The center is meant for all questions and concerns people might have pertaining to the virus.
  • Bladen County has activated two hotlines for people having questions about the coronavirus - 910-872-6291 and 910-872-6292. The hotlines numbers are staffed between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

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