March 25, 2020

Where should I go for updates from NHRMC about COVID-19? 

NHRMC has created page where we will be providing updates to the community. Please visit nhrmc.org/coronavirus 


Where can I learn more about COVID-19?


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has public health information on its website, https:///www.cdc.gov.


You can also learn more on NHRMC’s Healthy Conversations podcast episode with Dr. Paul Kamitsuka, NHRMC Chief Epidemiologist and infectious disease expert. Listen here: nhrmc.org/coronavirus


The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’s websiteup-to-date information from the state as well as a list of trusted resources for information. 


What should I do if I think I have been exposed to COVID-19? Can I be tested for COVID-19 at NHRMC? What should I do if I am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms?


People with the following symptoms should call their healthcare provider before visiting any facility:
  • Have fever or lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within the past 14 days
  • Have fever and lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and a negative rapid flu test 

If you have questions, please contact your healthcare provider or N.C. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Hotline at (866) 462-3821 for guidance. 

Before visiting an emergency department, walk-in clinic, urgent care or other healthcare provider's office, you must call ahead so that they can plan safety precautions to prevent the spread of infection during your visit.    

Are there patients at NHRMC with COVID-19?

The state of North Carolina coordinates communication about the spread of the virus, including which counties have confirmed cases.  The release of information is managed through the state to help protect patient privacy. NHRMC will follow specific laws and guidelines for sharing information of incidences of communicable diseases with public health authorities but is otherwise limited in what information can be released publicly.    

Are there special guidelines for visitors at NHRMC due to COVID-19? 

The NHRMC system, including Pender Memorial Hospital, has instituted the following mandatory visitor restrictions.

 Where can I find resources about how my local area is addressing COVID-19?      

Local and state health departments are an excellent resource for finding information about how the community is addressing COVID-19. Please visit the website or contact the following organizations if you have questions: 


  • NC: 1-866-462-3821 - this number is for a COVID-19 hotline that has been set up by the NCDHHS 

  • Bladen: (910) 862-6900 

  • Brunswick: (910) 253-2250 

  • Columbus: (910) 640-6615 

  • Duplin: (910) 296-2130 

  • New Hanover: (910) 798-6500 

  • Onslow: (910) 347-2154 

  • Pender: (910) 259-1230