Brunswick County Congregate Living Settings COVID-19 Ongoing Outbreak Update (Aug. 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 Aug. 31, there are three outbreaks in the county, with two outbreaks affecting nursing homes and one affecting a residential care facility.
Two outbreaks at congregate living settings in Brunswick County also closed this past week. An outbreak is considered closed when a facility has passed 28 consecutive days with no new positive test results among any residents or employees. Skilled Nursing Facilities are also required to follow the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Secretarial Order requiring biweekly staff testing. The following outbreaks closed this past week:
- Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle Beach
- Brunswick Health and Rehab Center
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.
Autumn Care of Shallotte (Second Outbreak)
- To date, there are 16 employees and eight residents who received a positive test result for COVID-19. All resident cases are considered recovered at this time.
- Autumn Care conducted another round of testing on staff and residents this past week, which has yielded no new positives at this time with some results still pending.
- Autumn Care will repeat testing on all residents and staff this week.
- Autumn Care reported the death of one of its resident cases Aug. 11. This individual was over the age of 65 and had pre-existing health conditions.
- 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.
Carolina Dunes Behavioral Health
- To date, there are 24 employees and 13 residents who received a positive test result for COVID-19. Eight residents are currently under isolation at the facility and one resident is currently isolating at a hospital.
- The facility will conduct another round of testing for residents and staff this week.
- This residential care facility outbreak was initially reported July 6.
Southport Health and Rehab
- To date, there are three employees and two residents who received a positive test result for COVID-19. All resident cases are considered recovered at this time.
- Southport Health and Rehab conducted a round of testing for employees this past week. All reported results have been negative with some still pending at this time.
- This nursing home outbreak was initially reported July 20.
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 Case Data
Brunswick County updates its case counts on its COVID-19 Dashboard daily 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 Aug. 31, there are 1,405 positive cases of COVID-19 among county residents (1,274 considered recovered, 102 isolating at 80 different households, 5 hospitalized, 24 deaths) and 17 cases among non-residents (12 considered recovered, 3 transferred monitoring to home county, 2 deaths).
Health Services reported the deaths of two county residents related to the virus Aug. 24 and Aug. 25; neither of these individuals were connected to a congregate living setting.
The first individual was in the 25-49 year age range, was hospitalized, and had pre-existing medical conditions. The second individual was in the 65 years or older age range, was hospitalized, and had pre-existing health conditions, as well.
To date, the department has reported on the death of 24 residents related to COVID-19. The age range of these individuals were: 65 years or older (20 cases); 50-64 years (1 case), 25-49 years (3 cases).
Health Services has also received reports of two non-residents with deaths related to COVID-19. Both individuals were in the 65 years or older age range.
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- 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 / 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