What is novel coronavirus COVID-19?

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease caused by a new virus first identified in Wuhan, China.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

About 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild. Many people may not even realize they are sick. Those at greatest risk of complications if infected with COVID-19 are the elderly and those with immune deficiencies and chronic health issues.

New Hanover County Public Health is working closely with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health, and other health and local partners in monitoring the virus. New Hanover County has a framework for response specific to COVID-19 in place.

Some travel guidance and restrictions are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For travel restriction information, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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