Brunswick County Chairman Thompson ends state of emergency for COVID-19

03.22.2021

Brunswick County Chairman Thompson ends state of emergency for COVID-19

MEDIA RELEASE

BOLIVIA, N.C.—Brunswick County Chairman Randy Thompson terminated the state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic effective at 9 a.m. Monday, March 22. A copy of the amended declaration is at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/2021-03-22-Termination-of-State-of-Emergency-COVID-19.pdf

“While we still need to remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent future spread of COVID-19, the improvements we are seeing in our recent case counts and vaccination rates are the most encouraging signs we’ve seen for a year now,” Chairman Thompson said. “Just as we do following every hurricane or major storm, the time has come for us to begin our recovery efforts for both public health and our local economy.”

Over the past several weeks, Brunswick County Health Services and its partners at Novant Health and Dosher Memorial Hospital, as well as other vaccine providers in the county, have helped to successfully vaccinate nearly 30% of residents with their first dose and nearly 20% with their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Cases have also significantly decreased since the peak in the first two weeks of January when 1,038 cases were identified, dropping to 286 cases identified in the first two weeks of March.

“The commissioners and I cannot thank nor commend our health, public safety, and community partners at the local and state levels enough for the service and support they have offered throughout this pandemic,” Chairman Thompson said. “They truly are the reason that we have come so far already, and will be an essential part of our recovery efforts moving forward.”

Previous Chairman Frank Williams issued the state of emergency March 24, 2020 in response to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus across the nation and world.

Brunswick County has not issued additional restrictions under the state of emergency or throughout the pandemic that extend beyond Governor Roy Cooper’s executive orders and directives. The Governor’s executive orders still remain in effect in Brunswick County and across North Carolina until any set expiration dates. This includes the following orders:

  • A face covering is still required in all public indoor settings if there are non-household members present, regardless of the individual’s ability to maintain social distance. Face coverings continue to be required in public outdoor settings if individuals are unable to maintain 6 feet of social distance from non-household members.
  • The capacity limitations on certain businesses, sanitation standards, other public health restrictions and N.C. Department of Health and Human Services guidance remain in effect.
  • The State’s mass gathering limit allows for a maximum of 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors
  • North Carolina’s moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent continues until March 31, 2021.
  • The authorization of delivery or carry-out of mixed beverages as an alternative to on-site consumption until at least March 31, 2021.

On top of continued vaccination efforts, Brunswick County’s next steps in the recovery process will include continued education and guidance on best health practices related to COVID-19. The County will also begin to plan for the use of its local funding from the American Rescue Plan after it receives official instructions from the federal government as to eligible uses of the funds and the first allocation in the coming weeks.

To date, Brunswick County Health Services has identified more than 8,400 positive cases among residents, with 141 deaths related to the virus and more than 8,000 considered recovered.

“I extend my greatest sympathies to those in our county who are still grieving the loss of a loved one from this terrible disease,” Chairman Thompson said. “My thoughts are with those who have endured so much this past year.”

As part of the former state of emergency, Brunswick County government offices remained open for business during regular business hours while allowing reasonable restrictions to public access for some services to prevent the spread of the virus. Brunswick County continues to encourage residents and visitors to take advantage of the County’s online services and use phone or email when possible to conduct business, especially if someone is at a higher risk of illness and is not fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Visitors to county government buildings are highly encouraged to practice the Three Ws—wear a face covering, wait six feet apart, and wash hands regularly.

More information about COVID-19, testing, and vaccines is on the Health Services COVID-19 webpage.

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Media Inquiries

For media inquiries, contact the Communications Director at 910.253.2995 or email meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov

County Contact Information & Virtual Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brunswick County is urging individuals to visit our website and to call or email county departments for assistance first before visiting county offices. The County requires appointments for in-person visits. Not sure who to contact? Call our main line and we can help direct your calls.

  • Main County Contact Information: 910.253.2000 / 800.442.7033

Brunswick County declares a state of emergency due to COVID-19

(Posted March 24, 2020)

MEDIA RELEASE

BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County Board of Commissioners Chairman Frank Williams has issued a state of emergency due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic effective at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

A copy of the declaration is at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Executed-SOE-3-24-2020.pdf

The declaration covers unincorporated Brunswick County. Brunswick County Government offices remain open for normal business hours and public access to services is subject to reasonable restrictions as determined by the county manager with consultation of the health director to limit unnecessary in-person contacts.

It also restricts public access in accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order No. 117 as further amended by Executive Order No. 120 restricting mass gatherings of 50 people or more and states that the County will follow any future amendments from the governor concerning mass gatherings.

It does not include restrictions or prohibitions involving evacuations, curfews, alcohol or weapons.

“The COVID-19 virus is spreading rapidly throughout the nation and world, and I implore all Brunswick County residents to take it seriously,” Chairman Frank Williams said. “This is not a time to panic, but to finalize preparations and take appropriate precautions. As of today all known cases in Brunswick County are travel-related, and at this time there do not appear to be any cases of community spread in Brunswick County. Let’s do our part to keep it that way. This means practicing social distancing, adhering to the directives issued by our state officials and beach towns, and going the extra mile to protect ourselves and those around us. Even if you feel fine, you don’t want to be the one who shares this virus with someone who is more vulnerable. Let’s all exercise the personal responsibility and common sense to do our part to stop the spread of this virus and minimize the chance of community spread in Brunswick County.

“Additionally, given that all known COVID-19 cases in Brunswick County are travel-related, we strongly encourage residents to avoid non-essential travel outside the County and to refrain from inviting out-of-county guests to visit you. If you do travel and have prolonged exposure to others while traveling, we ask you to responsibly self-isolate for fourteen days upon return.”

If other measures become appropriate, this proclamation will be amended.

Brunswick County has prepared for the COVID-19 virus the past two months and has actively been working on response to the pandemic the past few weeks. The County opened a joint information center and initiated a partial activation of the emergency operations center Friday, March 13.

Brunswick County Government Offices remain open for business during normal business hours.

As of March 23, Brunswick County requires individuals to contact county departments via phone or email first and to schedule appointments for in-person visits if necessary. More details are at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/health/coronavirus/county-contact-information-virtual-services/

Brunswick County encourages residents to find and share the most accurate information about COVID-19 from the CDC, NCDHHS and Brunswick County. You can find details on our website and links to community assistance resources at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/coronavirus

You can also call or direct coronavirus-related questions to these channels:

Brunswick County Public Health Call Line (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

NC Public Health Call Line (Open 24/7)

  • 866.462.3821

North Carolina 2-1-1 Program

  • For COVID-19 questions, dial 2-1-1 or 888.892.1162
  • Sign up for updates by texting COVIDNC to 898211

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For media inquiries, contact the Public Information Officer at 910.253.2995 or email meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov

County Contact Information & Virtual Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brunswick County is urging individuals to call or email all county departments for assistance first before visiting county offices and will require appointments for in-person visits beginning March 23, 2020. See a full list of contact information for each department, information on their virtual services and impacts due to COVID-19 at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/health/coronavirus/county-contact-information-virtual-services/

Not sure who to contact? Call our main line and we can help direct your calls.

  • Main County Contact Information: 910.253.2000 / 800.442.7033