Brunswick County Congregate Living Settings COVID-19 Ongoing Outbreak Update (July 31, 2020)
BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County Health Services is providing a status update concerning identified ongoing outbreaks of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in congregate living settings in the county. As of July 31, there are six outbreaks in the county, with four outbreaks affecting nursing homes and two affecting residential care facilities.
Health Services will provide routine updates concerning ongoing outbreaks to address newly identified outbreaks, new positive cases, and any deaths associated to the virus among positive cases at congregate living settings.
Health Services team members are in regular communication with management at these facilities to provide guidance, examine the facility’s infection control processes and assist in any staffing or supply needs.
Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle Beach
- To date, there are two employees and four residents who received a positive test result for COVID-19. The second case involving an employee was identified through a second round of testing.
- All resident cases are considered resolved at this time.
- Arbor Landing has conducted a third round of testing and all results returned negative. The facility will work to initiate a fourth round of testing for all residents and employees.
- This residential care facility outbreak was initially reported July 10.
Autumn Care of Shallotte (Second Outbreak)
- To date, there are 14 employees and five residents who received a positive test result for COVID-19. Autumn Care identified 11 more cases involving employees and five more cases among residents through recent rounds of testing.
- Resident cases are isolating in private rooms at the facility.
- Autumn Care is working to conduct a second round of full testing this week.
- This nursing home outbreak was initially reported July 21.
- This is the second outbreak to occur at this facility. The first outbreak was reported June 4 and involved three employees and one resident who received a positive test result for the virus.
Brunswick Health and Rehab Center
- To date, there are two employees and three residents who received a positive test result for COVID-19. The two employee cases were identified through a third round of testing that was conducted last week.
- Of the resident cases, one individual is hospitalized and will return to the facility Wednesday, one case has been discharged from the hospital and is in isolation at the facility, and one case has completed isolation and is considered resolved.
- Brunswick Health and Rehab is working to conduct a fourth round of testing for all residents and employees again this week.
- This nursing home outbreak was initially reported July 10.
Carolina Dunes Behavioral Health
- To date, there are 13 employees and four residents who received a positive test result for COVID-19. Carolina Dunes identified two more recent cases among employees through a second round of testing.
- Two resident cases have been discharged to return home after meeting CDC requirements to end their isolation period. The other two resident cases are considered resolved.
- Carolina Dunes conducted a second round of employee testing and a third round of patient testing this week. All patient test results were negative. Employee test results are still pending.
- This residential care facility outbreak was initially reported July 6
Southport Health and Rehab
- To date, there are two residents and three employees who have received a positive test result for COVID-19. A third employee was identified through additional testing. The resident cases are isolating in private rooms in a dedicated section of the facility.
- Southport Health and Rehab conducted a second round of testing for all residents and employees this week; results are still pending.
- This nursing home outbreak was initially reported July 20.
Universal Health Care of Brunswick
- To date, there are 25 residents and 16 employees who received a positive test result for COVID-19. These figures include six residents and one employee who have passed away with deaths associated to the virus.
- All resident cases are considered resolved.
- A sixth resident recently passed away with a death related to COVID-19. This individual was considered at a higher risk for severe illness as they were over the age of 65 and had underlying health conditions.
- Universal Health Care has completed a fifth round and sixth round of testing and all results from both rounds are negative for staff and residents. The outbreak will remain open until 28 days have passed from the last reported positive resident or staff member, unless additional positive cases are identified in the future.
- This nursing home outbreak was initially reported June 13.
No further information concerning these facilities’ employees or residents will be shared.
The NCDHHS defines an outbreak at a congregate living setting as being two or more people—including residents or employees—who receive a positive test for the virus within a 28-day period.
There are no identified ongoing clusters in child care or schools settings in Brunswick County at this time. The NCDHHS defines a COVID-19 cluster as a minimum of five laboratory-confirmed cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period and plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases.
The NCDHHS reports on updates concerning ongoing outbreaks and clusters statewide every Tuesday and Friday by 4 p.m. on its COVID-19 dashboard at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard/congregate-living-settings
Brunswick County updates its case counts on its website daily and recently launched its COVID-19 Dashboard to report data concerning resident cases. Find the latest information on case counts (including demographic data) on our Latest Information on Coronavirus webpage.
As of July 31, there are 1,165 positive cases of COVID-19 among county residents (889 considered recovered, 247 isolating at 198 different households, 14 hospitalized, 15 deaths) and 16 cases among non-residents (2 isolating in the county, 9 considered recovered, 3 transferred monitoring to home county, 2 deaths).
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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 / email@example.com
- 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