Onslow County asks for state assistance as almost 30 EMS workers out with COVID-19


JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Monday morning, during the Onslow County commissioners meeting, it was confirmed that 10 EMS officials in the county have tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials have requested the state ambulance strike team to help them out. Stanly County is in talks with Onslow leaders about offering their assistance.

Onslow County Manager Sharon Russell said EMS has almost 30 people out due to coronavirus. She said the virus is also impacting the county’s sheriff’s office.

This is concerning other Onslow County leaders as cases once again begin to increase. Since the start of the pandemic, Onslow County is seeing 19,280 positive COVID-19 cases, said Onslow County Assistant County Manager Sheri Slater. She said with a 43.8% vaccination rate, the goal going forward is encouraging the community to receive one to slow trends down.  

“We were seeing a couple months ago a handful of cases a day and now this past Monday our case count was 110 new positives,” Slater said.


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