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

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Updated: Feb. 11, 2021 at 10:06 PM EST
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Since the state loosened testing criteria, more people are encouraged to get tested with or without symptoms. Find your nearest test site here.

  • As of Tuesday, March 23, the number of people that have died from COVID-19 in North Carolina has reached 11,854 according to data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. NC’s total number of positive cases now stands at 899,164. Health officials say there are currently 956 in the hospital with COVID-19, though that number is constantly changing.
  • 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.

CountyPositive Test ResultsActive casesDeathsRecovered
Bladen Co. (3/22)3,06663412,962
Brunswick Co. (3/23)8,4832471428,094
Columbus Co. (3/23)6,073N/A147N/A
New Hanover Co. (3/23)17,31175516116,393
Pender Co. (3/23)4,954N/A68N/A

North Carolina health leaders have launched the “Find My Vaccine Group” tool to help people figure out when it is their time to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services launched the new online tool that walks users through a series of questions to determine which vaccine group they are in. People can then sign up to be notified when their group can get vaccinated.

“Given the very limited supplies we currently have, there may be wait times, but every North Carolinian has a spot. A spot for accurate information. A spot in line. A spot to take their shot,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, MD.

North Carolina’s goal is to vaccinate as many people as quickly and equitably as possible. Local vaccine providers have worked tirelessly to ramp up and vaccinate people under difficult circumstances.

More information can be found here.

Vaccine appointment information can be found at the following links:


Wilmington Health


New Hanover County or call 910-798-6800 (M-F 8am-5pm)

Brunswick County or call 910-253-2339 (M-F 9am-5pm)

Pender County or call 910-259-1230 (M-F 8am-5pm)

Bladen County

Columbus County

  • 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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