Brunswick County Congregate Living Settings COVID-19 Ongoing Outbreak Update (Sept. 14, 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 Sept. 14, there are two outbreaks in the county, with one outbreak affecting a nursing home and one affecting a residential care facility.
An outbreak at a congregate living setting 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 recently closed:
- Southport Health and Rehab
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 17 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. At this time, no new positive cases have been identified so far with some results still pending. The facility will conduct another round of testing for residents and employees 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.
Carolina Dunes Behavioral Health
- To date, there are 27 employees and 14 residents who received a positive test result for COVID-19. Four more employees and one more resident received positive test results following another round of testing conducted this past week.
- Four residents are currently under isolation at the facility and three residents are 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.
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 Sept. 14, there are 1,496 positive cases of COVID-19 among county residents (1,381 considered recovered, 84 isolating at 69 different households, 5 hospitalized, 26 deaths) and 17 cases among non-residents (12 considered recovered, 3 transferred monitoring to home county, 2 deaths).
Health Services reported the death of two more unrelated county residents associated with the virus Sept. 6 and Sept. 9; these individuals were not connected to a congregate living setting. Both were in the 65 years or older age range and had underlying health conditions.
To date, the department has reported on the death of 26 residents related to COVID-19. The age range of these individuals were: 65 years or older (22 cases); 50-64 years (1 case), 25-49 years (3 cases). All of these individuals had at least one underlying health condition.
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.
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