COVID-19 Updates & More

Jul 23, 2020

This page lists and/or directs to resources available to our community during the coronavirus outbreak. Resources will be updated regularly.

Click here to view WHQR's news coverage of the coronavirus. 

Vaccines and testing:

For many, the most pressing current concerns are getting tested and vaccinated. 

The best place to find information on when and where vaccines are available in New Hanover County is at the county's vaccine website, which you can find here.

Note: You can receive info about NHC, New Hanover Regional Medical Center (now under Novant), and Wilmington Health from the county's vaccine call line, or you can contact those providers directly.

  • NHC Public Health: Vaccinations can be scheduled by calling 910-798-6800 when appointments are available.
  • NHRMC: Vaccinations can be scheduled at nhrmc.org/coronavirus or by calling (910) 662-2020 when appointments are available.
  • Wilmington Health: Vaccinations can be scheduled at WilmingtonHealth.com/COVIDvaccine or by calling (910) 407-5115 when appointments are available.

Similiar information is available from Brunswick County here.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has an online index of testing sites -- Find My Testing Place - NCDHHS

Other important resources:

North Carolina's Community Resources Page

New Hanover County’s Resources & Assistance Page

Brunswick County’s Community Assistance Page

Pender County’s Community Resource Page

New Hanover Disaster Coalition

Check My Symptoms - NCDHHS

Community Care North Carolina Covid-19 Triage Plus - 1-877-490-6642


RETOOLNC, NC Department of Administration Grant

NC Department of Commerce Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief Fund (MURR)

NC Department of Commerce's Job Retention Grant (JRG)

NCDHHS Guidance for Businesses and Opertions 

Count on Me Program

UNCW Swain Center Resources -- For Executive Education & Economic Development 

NCDHHS Resources for Businesses and Employers

Brunswick County's Resources for Businesses

Support from the NC Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)

Cape Fear Community College Small Business Center

Disaster Assistance Loan

NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery for Small Businesses

The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce

  • With New Hanover County, the Chamber has set up a Business Emergency Operations Center. The dedicated number for this Center is 910-762-2611. The email is businesseoc@wilmingtonchamber.org. This service is for any business in the region in need of assistance.

Housing Support

  • NC Hope Program - For residents who are behind on rent or utilities due to Covid-19

Childcare Services


NC Courts Update


Brunswick County Schools' Online Educational Resources/Video Tutorials

New Hanover County Schools' Social Distance Learning 

Pender County Schools' ClassLink


NC Kids Digital Library


Food Services 

Text FOODNC to 877-877 to find free meal sites

Cape Fear Food Council 

New Hanover County Food Assistance Resource Guide

New Hanover County Senior Resource Center

Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc.

New Hanover County Schools

Brunswick County Schools 

Pender County Schools

Brigade Boys & Girls Club

Salvation Army of the Cape Fear

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

Brunswick Family Assistance

Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) - NCDHHS

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program

Mental Health

Restaurants, Dine-out and Delivery:


  • Click here to find out the latest about WAVE's transportation routes.


  • To apply for unemployment insurance, visit the NC Department of Commerce’s website. There is specific information for filing due to COVID-19.
  • Financial assistance help through Help Hub, by calling 910-769-5357.


  • If you are a student or faculty member of UNCW and have questions about COVID-19, contact the Student Health Center at 910-962-3280 or 910-962-0587 or by email at coronavirus@uncw.edu.
  • The Counseling Center's number is 910-962-3746.

Volunteer Services

Share Cape Fear

United Way of the Cape Fear Area

Recovered COVID-19 patients can choose to donate their plasma to the Red Cross


Vince Winkel

With a 4 – 1 vote, New Hanover County Commissioners voted to approve a letter of intent to sell New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant Health. 

Vince Winkel

The Partnership Advisory Group has voted unanimously to recommend Novant Health as the best choice for the future of the Regional Medical Center. Next week, the Board of Trustees will consider the matter, and on July 13 the decision reaches the County Board of Commissioners. 

Vince Winkel

At his Covid-19 press conference on Wednesday, June 24, Governor Roy Cooper announced his decision to extend Phase II restrictions and require mandatory masks in public places. Meanwhile, Wilmington has launched an initiative which allows businesses on some streets to move off the sidewalk and on to the street to serve customers during specific hours.

Three WPD Officers Fired For Racist Behavior

Jun 24, 2020
Vince Winkel

Three Wilmington police officers have been fired from the force for violating Department policy concerning inappropriate language.  Chief Donny Williams confirmed the move at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. 

Vince Winkel

As the decision draws near on the Medical Center’s future, the Partnership Advisory Group resumed its in-person meetings last night at the Burney Center on the UNCW campus. 

New Survey Shows Range Of Concerns Over NHRMC Sale

Jun 16, 2020

A survey of 667 New Hanover County residents—commissioned by the  Save Our Hospital Group and conducted last week—shows a range of concerns about the sale of the Regional Medical Center. 

New Hanover County To Hold Hearing On NHRMC Future

Jun 14, 2020
Vince Winkel

It was 11 months ago that New Hanover County announced they were going to explore selling the Regional Medical Center.  Last week, county officials and residents heard from the top three candidates under consideration.

Vince Winkel

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, the protests began in Wilmington on May 30 with a gathering at 1898 Memorial Park. The next day, they moved to the steps of Wilmington City Hall. Every day and night since, people have gathered with signs protesting racism and police brutality.  One voice has stood out from the crowd. 

Nick Santillo for WHQR

It was three years ago this weekend that the story broke...there are chemical contaminants in the Cape Fear that are also in our drinking water.  WHQR’s Vince Winkel has been following the story from the beginning.  He looks back over what’s happened...and where we are today.

Vince Winkel

Over the weekend, protests continued all across the country over the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who died from the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer. At least fifteen states and the District of Columbia have either activated or requested the National Guard to assist local law enforcement. In Wilmington, the Saturday demonstration at 1898 Memorial Park was peaceful. 

Vince Winkel

It was a holiday weekend and the official start of summer, and for residents of coastal Carolina it was back to beaches as usual. In two weeks or so, we’ll know if the celebration was premature. 

BOTTEGA LIVE - May 2020 Edition

May 22, 2020
Vince Winkel

The May Edition of Bottega Live features some superb singer-songwriter talent. We kick off the show with the duo of Madonna Nash and Chris Cole. The second half of the show features Sarah Brown. WHQR's Bottega Live airs each month in conjunction with Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Walk, at 8 pm on that Friday.

Vince Winkel

On Friday morning Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo announced several changes effective at 5 p.m. Friday as part of the next phase of the city’s State of Emergency Declaration. UPDATE:  Under the revised order breweries, wineries and distilleries will be permitted to re-open, provided they comply with reduced capacity and social distancing requirements.


Gov. Roy Cooper has announced that Phase 2 of the reopening will begin Friday afternoon. Restaurants and salons will be able to open at a limited capacity, but bars, gyms, and movie theaters will remain closed. That isn’t what a lot of people had expected. 

Vince Winkel

This Morning New Hanover County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the Partnership Advisory Group’s recommendation to focus on three potential partners for New Hanover Regional Medical Center: Atrium Health, Duke Health and Novant Health.  The vote came after some spirited debate. 

Vince Winkel

On Friday, Phase 1 of North Carolina’s coronavirus recovery plan went into effect. That meant that retail businesses across the state could begin to reopen.  A lot of shoppers were out this weekend.

Vince Winkel

Six proposals were made public last week regarding the future of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. A group opposed to selling the facility, Save Our Hospital, did not like what it saw.  WHQR’s Vince Winkel spoke with the organization’s President, Gene Merritt.

COVID-19: On The Border

Apr 23, 2020
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Cities, counties and states are moving at different speeds when it comes to lifting restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. That can create problems between neighboring states... like North and South Carolina. 

The Future Of NHRMC: The Six Proposals

Apr 21, 2020
Vince Winkel

On Tuesday New Hanover County published online the six proposals it received regarding the possible future of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. County Commissioners are slated to decide on one of the proposals, or not, later this year. The proposals range from $1.25 to over $3 billion.

GenX: Two Years Burning Down The Road, Part 1

Jun 7, 2019

GenX, PFAS and Chemours are part of the lexicon in the Cape Fear region. It’s been that way for two years, since the general public first heard about chemicals in the area’s drinking water supply. In part one of our series, WHQR takes a look at how it started, and where we are today. 

The next edition of WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! will feature local band Stray Local on Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 pm (doors open 6:30 pm) in the MC Erny Gallery at 254 N. Front St. in downtown Wilmington. Price: $10 suggested donation at the door.Reserve a seat by sending an email to soup@whqr.org or call 910-343-1640 during regular business hours. EDIT: SOLD OUT! All seats have been reserved!

  WHQR mourns the passing of incredible entertainer, Wilmington native, and famed composer, arranger, pianist, and singer, Grenoldo Frazier (1953-2018) who passed away during the holidays. Grenoldo was monumental in shaping Wilmington’s arts and music scene. No matter the genre--jazz, Broadway and movie music, patriotic favorites, holiday music, or contemporary music done with a twist--Grenoldo was always a captivating performer.

Vince Winkel

This week the deadline passed for applying for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA, in the wake of Hurricane Florence. They have closed their support center at the Independence Mall. But the agency is still active in the region.

Wilmington Settles With Johnny Small For $7 Million

Dec 18, 2018

A Wilmington man released from prison, after serving nearly three decades for a 1988 murder, will receive $7 million from the city. The New Hanover County Superior Court convicted Johnny Small in 1989 for the robbery and murder of a local pet shop owner. 

GenX: Consent Order Is "A First Step"

Dec 13, 2018
Vince Winkel

Cape Fear River Watch and an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center this week addressed their decision to join a proposed consent order between Chemours and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. They answered questions from citizens during a meeting Wednesday at UNCW’s Lumina Theater.  

Vince Winkel

Today environmental groups sued the federal government to prevent seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean. The process is used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean’s surface, and is the first step toward offshore drilling.  Scientists find it can also be quite harmful to marine life.

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority officials say they welcome the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent Draft Toxicity Assessment for GenX and PFBS in the Cape Fear River. But, they also say the EPA’s work doesn’t go far enough.

GenX: Exposure Study Results Released In Wilmington

Nov 14, 2018

This week participants in a GenX exposure study began receiving their test results. Some 345 New Hanover County residents took part in the study, giving blood, urine, and tap water samples late last year.  The  North Carolina State researchers behind the study are in Wilmington this week to explain the results.

Opening Reception: October 26, 2018
Closing Reception: November 23, 2018
Show Closing: December 12, 2018