Brunswick County reports fifth death of county resident related to COVID-19
BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County Health Services is reporting the death of a county resident associated to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) today.
The patient was over the age of 65 and had been hospitalized due to complications from the virus when they passed away. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about this patient will be released.
“I’m saddened to learn that we have lost another resident who was affected by this virus,” Chairman Frank Williams said. “The commissioners and I extend our deepest condolences to their loved ones and will keep them in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
This is now the third resident to pass away in June with a death related to COVID-19. Between June 2 and June 28, the number of positive cases identified in Brunswick County has increased by 326 percent.
The number of resident cases in the hospital has also increased over the past few weeks, with seven residents currently hospitalized.
The number of cases hospitalized statewide is one of the factors influencing the Governor’s decisions concerning the phased lifting of restrictions. The Governor recently had to extend the state’s Safer at Home Phase 2 through to July 17 due to increasing trends in the trajectory of COVID-like illnesses, lab-confirmed cases, percent of positive tests, and hospitalizations in a 14-day period across North Carolina.
Taking measures such as limiting movement inside and outside of the county and wearing face coverings in public and around people outside of your household are beneficial to preventing community spread from people who are unknowingly positive but have not been tested because they are asymptomatic or other factors.
“Staying home as often as possible is still the best defense from contracting the virus, no matter what age you are or how healthy you feel,” Health Services Director Cris Harrelson said. “We anticipate seeing our case counts continue to rise into July due to increased activity in public places and the likelihood that social gatherings and traveling will take place over the Independence Day weekend and into the rest of summer.”
The Governor’s Executive Order No. 147 currently individuals wear face coverings in certain public places—both indoor and outdoor—where staying six feet apart from others not in your household is impossible.
NCDHHS encourages everyone to follow the three Ws when visiting any public area. These efforts work best when they are all practiced together by as many people as possible:
- Wear a cloth face covering when in public (Make sure both your nose and mouth are fully covered and you are able to breathe normally while wearing it.)
- Wait six feet apart to avoid close contact and maintain appropriate social distancing between yourself and others
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer while also following other best hygiene practices
This is the fifth Brunswick County resident to pass away with a death associated to COVID-19. The County reported the first resident to pass away April 3, the second resident April 15, the third resident June 1, and the fourth resident June 27.
Two non-residents who tested positive while visiting the county have also had deaths associated to the virus; the first non-resident passed away April 10 and the second non-resident passed away April 21. Both of these cases were unrelated to each other. Neither of the two non-resident cases are included in the County’s official case count due to reporting rules, however Health Services provides information on non-resident cases it receives for transparency.
Brunswick County Case Data
As of Monday, June 29, there are now 485 positive cases of COVID-19 among county residents (275 considered recovered, 198 isolating at 173 different households, 7 hospitalized, 5 deaths) and 13 cases among non-residents (2 isolating, 6 considered recovered, 3 transferred monitoring to home county, 2 deaths).
Brunswick County updates its case counts on its website daily. Find the latest information on case counts (including demographic data) on our Latest Information on Coronavirus webpage.
Isolated positive cases pose a low risk to the public as they and any household contacts are isolated or quarantined. To protect individual privacy, no further information will be released.
Brunswick County has more information about testing, screening sites, and symptoms on its website, including testing sites for both insured and uninsured individuals. These new online tools are also available to help increase access to testing:
- Check My Symptoms is a public website that allows people to enter their symptoms to determine if they should consider getting tested for COVID-19. If a test is recommended, they will receive a link to a list of nearby testing sites via email or text.
- Find My Testing Place is a public website that allows people to enter their county or ZIP code and access a list of nearby testing site locations online.
Find links to more information concerning testing in Brunswick County, answers to frequently asked questions, mental health resources, and resources for residents and businesses on our Health Services COVID-19 webpage.
For media inquiries, contact the Public Information Officer at 910.253.2995 or email email@example.com
- Residents can find the latest information from the County concerning COVID-19 at http://brunswickcountync.gov/news
- Individuals can also follow the County’s social media and sign up for emails on emergency updates at http://brunswickcountync.gov/info/email/
Local and State Public Health Call Lines
- Brunswick County Public Health Call Line and Email (Available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.): 910.253.2339 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
- Community Care of North Carolina’s COVID-19 Triage Plus (Available 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily): 1.877.490.6642
- Information on free mental health call lines
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 now 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