North Carolina Now has a Coronavirus Helpline

Nurses and pharmacists handling the calls can help people know:

  • How coronavirus is spread
  • Whether or not a person is at risk
  • What precautions can be taken to prevent the spread of the virus
  • What the symptoms of coronavirus are
  • What to do if coronavirus is suspected

North Carolina Poison Control is partnering with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to monitor coronavirus concerns in our state. Currently, there have been no reported cases in North Carolina.

If you have traveled to China recently and are wondering about the likelihood of infection, call the helpline at 1-866-462-3821. You can also visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html for more information.

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Hampstead System Pressure Advisory Rescinded

HAMPSTEAD – Pender County Utilities (PCU) rescinded the Feb. 11, System Pressure Advisory issued to water customers along Dogwood Lane and adjacent roads off Dogwood Lane.

Bacteriological analysis results of drinking water samples collected after completion of the water system repair on Thursday, Feb. 13 show no coliform bacteria present.

“The system has resumed normal operations, and you may use the water without boiling,” James Proctor, PCU superintendent, said. “Additional flushing was performed in this area on Friday to help remove trapped air and any loose sediment from the repairs.”

Proctor requested residents in the affected area to please remove and clean strainers on faucets in your house to also remove any potential debris.

The system pressure advisory is hereby rescinded Feb. 14.

Pender County offices closed Monday, Trash Convenience sites open

BURGAW – Pender County government offices are closed Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of President’s Day.

The transfer station scale house and trash convenience centers are open regular hours.

All county ffices will reopen Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 8 a.m.

The Pender County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m. at the Hampstead Annex, 15060 US Hwy 17.

Hampstead water main repaired

HAMPSTEAD – The water main break in the Dogwood Lane vicinity has been repaired, according to Pender County Utilities (PCU).

Bacteria samples have been collected. PCU should receive test results Friday, Feb. 14.

“The water system pressure advisory continues to remain in place,” said James Proctor, PCU superintendent. “Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.”

Approximately 100 homes are affected Proctor added.

“Therefore, consumers in the area noted above are advised to boil all water used for human consumption – including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation,” said Proctor. “Or use bottled water until this advisory is lifted.”

Vigorous boiling for 1-minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.

Water customers are strongly urged to conserve water whenever possible.

Pender County Emergency Management sent a CodeRed alert to impacted homes.

Water main break impacts 100 Hampstead residences

HAMPSTEAD – Pender County Utilities’ water customers on Dogwood Lane in Hampstead and all side roads and neighborhoods off Dogwood Lane are impacted by a water main break.

“Water was temporarily turned off to conduct a water main repair in the area around 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11. A temporary repair was made tonight,” said James Proctor, Pender County Utilities superintendent.

A planned outage starting at 10 a.m. for repairs in the service area will take place Wednesday, Feb. 12.

“Approximately 100 homes are affected,” said Proctor.

Water service was returned following the completion of the temporary work. Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

“Therefore, consumers in the area noted above are advised to boil all water used for human consumption – including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation,” said Proctor. “Or use bottled water until this advisory is lifted.”

The advisory will be in effect for a minimum of 48 hours.

Vigorous boiling for 1-minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.

Water service will be interrupted again on Wednesday, starting at 10 a.m.

Water customers are strongly urged to conserve water whenever possible.

Pender County Health Department offers immunization and flu shots

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County Health and Human Services offers immunizations and flu shots at two convenient locations.

“The spread of vaccine preventable diseases presents a real threat to the health and quality of life of the citizens of Pender County,” said Carolyn Moser, Pender County Health and Human Services Director. “The goal of the health department’s immunization program is to eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases in the county.”

Immunizations are available on a walk-in basis at two locations – the Pender County Health Department clinic in Burgaw and at the Hampstead Annex.

The Pender County Health Department is located at 803 South Walker St. in Burgaw. The hours of operation at this clinic are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Hampstead Annex clinic is located at 15060 US Hwy 17. The clinic is open the first and third Wednesdays of the month, 12 – 5 p.m.

For information call the Pender County Health Department 910-259-1230.

Pender County Health Department offers immunization and flu shots

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County Health and Human Services offers immunizations and flu shots at two convenient locations.

“The spread of vaccine preventable diseases presents a real threat to the health and quality of life of the citizens of Pender County,” said Carolyn Moser, Pender County Health and Human Services Director. “The goal of the health department’s immunization program is to eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases in the county.”

Immunizations are available on a walk-in basis at two locations – the Pender County Health Department clinic in Burgaw and at the Hampstead Annex.

The Pender County Health Department is located at 803 South Walker St. in Burgaw. The hours of operation at this clinic are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Hampstead Annex clinic is located at 15060 US Hwy 17. The clinic is open the first and third Wednesdays of the month, 12 – 5 p.m.

For information call the Pender County Health Department 910-259-1230.

Pender County to receive electronics grant

BURGAW- Pender County Solid Waste will receive a grant from North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ).

“The grant of $3,673.81 is from the Electronics Management Fund,” said Kenny Keel, director of Pender County Utilities and Solid Waste.

The purpose of the grant is to manage discarded computer equipment, televisions, and other electronic devices.

Customers are reminded to only dispose of electronics in the proper containers at Hampstead, Rocky Point, Burgaw, and Willard Solid Waste Convenience Centers.

All convenience center sites can receive batteries of any type. Please dispose of any batteries in the proper area only.

Keel said the county spends an average of $200,000 per year for the proper disposal of electronics. This cost is mostly covered through payment of recycle and full use stickers purchased on a property owner’s tax bill.

Pender County to receive electronics grant

BURGAW- Pender County Solid Waste will receive a grant from North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ).

“The grant of $3,673.81 is from the Electronics Management Fund,” said Kenny Keel, director of Pender County Utilities and Solid Waste.

The purpose of the grant is to manage discarded computer equipment, televisions, and other electronic devices.

Customers are reminded to only dispose of electronics in the proper containers at Hampstead, Rocky Point, Burgaw, and Willard Solid Waste Convenience Centers.

All convenience center sites can receive batteries of any type. Please dispose of any batteries in the proper area only.

Keel said the county spends an average of $200,000 per year for the proper disposal of electronics. This cost is mostly covered through payment of recycle and full use stickers purchased on a property owner’s tax bill.

Childhood trauma and resiliency is topic of free event Feb. 13

BURGAW – Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope is the topic of a free event Feb. 13, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Pender County Agricultural Extension Building, 801 S. Walker St. in Burgaw.

The public is invited to the screening of a film about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The film focuses on the effects of childhood trauma. There will be a discussion about resilience and the impacts upon our county.

The evening includes dinner, give-a-ways, and valuable information. Children are welcome to enjoy a separate movie and dinner. The children will be attended by qualified child caretakers.

Please RSVP by going to http://bit.;y/37HmEoA or contact Traci Spencer at 910-259-1235. Please specify if you are bringing children.

Pender County Agriculture Extension, 4-H, ECU, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsor this event.

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