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Gathered at the bottom of this page is WHQR's ongoing reporting and coverage on COVID-19. In addition, below is a list of other resources pertaining to the virus.For questions/concerns about COVID-19, call the NC Coronavirus Helpline at 1-866-462-3821. To find out about the availability of community resources, call 211 or visit nc211.orgFor Brunswick County, the COVID-19 Helpline is 910-253-2339. The email is coronavirus@brunswickcountync.gov. New Hanover County's Helpline is 910-798-6800. National Resources Basic Protective Measures from the Coronavirus Coronavirus Myth Busters Coronavirus FAQs and Answers National Coronavirus Case Tracker Protecting Yourself and Your Family Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities International Travel Advisories Local ResourcesTesting in North Carolina State Case Count New Hanover County Updates and Info Brunswick County Updates and Info Pender County Updates and Info New Hanover Regional Medical Center Updates New Hanover Disaster Coalition Novant HealthDosher Memorial HospitalWAVE TransitWilmington HealthUNCWWHQR's Community Resources

Cape Fear Area Towns And Counties Prepare For COVID-19

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Leland Communications Officer Hilary Snow says the city has been working on safety plans for a while.

As the region prepares for the possibility of confirmed coronavirus cases in our region, communities are taking steps to prepare. Over the weekend Gov. Roy Cooper announced a state-wide school closure order, and a ban on gatherings of over 100 people. Area towns are also taking steps to protect the public.

So far, Brunswick County has one presumed case of COVID-19. 

But Leland Communications Officer Hilary Snow says the city has been working on safety plans for a while.

“Essentially on Friday, as you know, we were preparing more and more for the possibility of a positive case in our area. At some point we decided to follow the County lead with closing our parks program and events, and part of that includes the Cultural Arts Center. So essentially that building will be closed to the public beginning Monday and we have a lot of classes, a lot of concerts and events in that space. And so, as of Monday, all of those programs and events coming up have been postponed indefinitely as well as some of our parks and recreation outdoor programs and classroom program.”

More closures and cancellations across the region are expected in the coming days. Listen to WHQR for daily updates.

Vince Winkel, WHQR News.

Resources:

New Hanover County Public Health Coronavirus Call Center: (910) 798-6800

New Hanover County Updates and Health Informationwww.Health.NHCgov.com/Coronavirus

New Hanover County info about closures and virtual options (this is also available on our Health.NHCgov.com/Coronavirus website in the tab “County Operations and Facility Updates”: https://news.nhcgov.com/news-releases/2020/03/new-hanover-county-shares-enhanced-guidance-to-reduce-risk-update-on-covid-19-planning/

Library resources (virtual and online reservation of books): NHCLibrary.org

Unemployment Helphttps://des.nc.gov/apply-unemployment/

Medicaid and Food and Nutrition Services online: Epass.NC.gov, or call 910-798-3500 (that is our local Health and Human Services number)

Disaster Coalitionhttps://www.newhanoverdisastercoalition.org/

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 info:

https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina

Centers for Disease Control:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html