During Reopening Phases, We Must Rededicate Ourselves to Safe Practices

May 28, 2020
paramedic Wes Mankin

NHRMC and the state of North Carolina are in various stages of reopening, but that does not mean that we are no longer under the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak in our region or in our community.

As stay-at-home orders are lifted, some communities are seeing a gradual rise in positive COVID-19 tests and hospitalizations. Other communities are experiencing a more troubling rise in cases.

The NHRMC system has led the region’s preparation for and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our community has responded by following guidelines, and our three-county per capita infection rate has remained low.

Reopening could trigger a significant rise in cases in New Hanover or any of our neighboring counties. We have the staff, space and equipment to handle the expected increase in cases we will see over the next few weeks. These plans have been developed over several months and can be implemented at any time.

We must, though, continue to fight the spread. NHRMC team’s dedication to protecting our community has been recognized broadly, and we must maintain the energy, spirit and purpose that drives our success. This includes a focus on the fundamentals – washing hands frequently, maintaining social distancing, and wearing your mask at all times at any NHRMC facility.

As healthcare employees, we must wear our masks to help prevent the spread of the virus to our patients and our staff. By wearing masks at the hospital and in public, we are instilling confidence in our patients and our community that we are prepared to care for them, and reminding them that, like us, they still have a duty to practice safe habits.


Pictured (from April): EMS Special Operation Paramedic, Lt.  Wes Mankin prepares to enter a house where a patient has a confirmed case of COVID-19.