© 2021 254 North Front Street, Suite 300, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 910.343.1640
News Classical 91.3 Wilmington 92.7 Wilmington 96.7 Southport
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
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

Wilmington Officials Advance Leave for City Workers Impacted by COVID-19, Provide Testing Info

Adobe Stock
On Tuesday, Mar. 17, Wilmington leaders provided information on COVID-19 testing, and passed a resolution regarding leave for city employees impacted by the virus.

While health officials have yet to confirm a coronavirus case in the City of Wilmington, city leaders are working to address resident concerns. Last night’s city council meeting -- which was streamed and held in an almost entirely empty room -- featured discussions on COVID-19 testing and city-employee paid leave.

A motion passed by council members on Tuesday, Mar. 17 now means any benefits-eligible city employee who is unable to work from home and has used all paid leave may take up to 10 additional days -- that is, until Gov. Roy Cooper lifts the state of emergency. The leave will be paid back to the city through a payroll deduction.

During a discussion of the resolution, council member Charlie Rivenbark brought up a concern:

“...if one of our firefighters or one of our police officers contracts this virus in the performance of their duty -- to me, that should be treated a little bit differently.”

Rivenbark moved to have language incorporated into the resolution ensuring that city employees who contract the virus on the job will receive paid administrative leave. That motion passed unanimously. 

Mayor Bill Saffo also asked about the coronavirus testing process, during a presentation by Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator Tim Buckland. Buckland advised that community members first call their doctor or an urgent care facility if they notice any symptoms. If healthcare professionals recommend it, individuals can receive a test through public health or a private lab. Buckland says New Hanover County currently has 60 testing kits available.