Brunswick County COVID-19 Thanksgiving Public Health Safety Notice

11.24.2020

Brunswick County COVID-19 Thanksgiving Public Health Safety Notice

Most recent map from the COVID-19 County Alert System. Brunswick County is currently in the Significant/Yellow tier.

“If I had known I was sick, I never would have gone.”

That’s a statement we have heard time and time again following birthday parties, family get-togethers, and every holiday since this pandemic began. We know we will hear it again in the weeks following Thanksgiving—but that doesn’t mean we have to hear it from you.

Brunswick County Health Services is once again advising all residents and their loved ones to avoid traveling during Thanksgiving and to only gather with people who regularly live in the same home as you. Staying home is the best way to reduce your and your loved ones’ risk for COVID-19.

Even if you have no symptoms, you can still be carrying the virus without knowing it and can still pass it on to others. Every week we see cases involving family or social gatherings where people were exposed to the virus from a loved one who didn’t know they were positive because they felt fine and never had a reason to test.

We already have had 55 residents and two non-residents pass away from this virus in Brunswick County. As of Nov. 24, we have 18 people in the hospital, 557 people isolating at home, and countless others quarantining because they were exposed to a positive case. No one wants to see these numbers increase.

If you do chose to gather this Thanksgiving, wear a face covering, keep 6 feet of social distancing, and wash your hands thoroughly. Remember: being related to someone does not mean you are immune from catching COVID-19 or other viruses from them.

Here are points to consider whether to join a Thanksgiving gathering this week:

  • The NCDHHS County Alert System projects Brunswick County has Significant Community Spread with 270.3 cases per 100,000 people and 7% of all tests returning positive in the past 14 days
  • Another 20 North Carolina counties are considered to have Critical Community Spread and 42 have Substantial Community Spread; traveling to these counties increases your risk of exposure and of bringing the virus back to your home, your workplace, your place of worship, and your community
  • The National Weather Service-Wilmington is currently projecting a 50% chance of showers in our area Thursday, making it potentially difficult to host outdoor gatherings; other areas across North Carolina are also projecting a chance of rain

It is not too late to change plans and consider virtual celebrations with your loved ones—in fact, they might have similar concerns as you. Pick up the phone to call or text your loved ones to share your concerns for their health and safety and consider alternative options this holiday weekend.

It’s bee a long year, but we can’t let our guard down yet. Help us stop the spread of COVID-19 and stay home this Thanksgiving.

Download the full Thanksgiving guidance from the NCDHHS is at https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/guidance/NCDHHS-Interim-Guidance-for-Thanksgiving.pdf

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COVID-19 continues to be a serious threat in Brunswick County and across North Carolina. If you gather for the holidays, remember your 3Ws: Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Wait 6 feet from others. Stay home if sick. Download the SlowCOVIDNC app at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/slowcovidnc. Protect you and your loved ones.

Media Inquiries

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

Local and State Public 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