Brunswick County COVID-19 Snapshot: Several recent cases connected to exposures in the workplace, at faith-related gatherings, while traveling to visit family (Nov. 6, 2020)
- As of Nov. 6, there are 2,345 positive cases of COVID-19 among county residents (1,857 considered recovered, 420 isolating at 273 different households, 16 hospitalized, 52 deaths) and there are 17 cases among non-residents (12 considered recovered, 3 transferred monitoring to home county, 2 deaths)
- Exposures in the workplace, at religious or faith-related social gatherings, and due to travel out-of-state to visit family are some of the key characteristics of our recent cases
- As the holidays approach, start making plans to follow best health practices to protect your loved ones from potential spread—including wearing face coverings around family and friends you do not live with
BOLIVIA, N.C. – Over the past two weeks (Oct. 23-Nov. 6), Brunswick County has seen a 9.9% increase in identified cases of COVID-19. This is trending better than the 16% increases in cases the county saw in the previous two weeks (Oct. 9-23).
However, cases have significantly increased since September. Brunswick County went from 134 new cases identified in the last two weeks of September to 298 new cases identified in the first two weeks of October. There were 276 new cases identified in the last two weeks of October.
Unfortunately, the County has also identified 14 more individuals who have passed away from deaths associated to the virus—averaging one new death a day for two weeks straight. Twelve of these individuals were aged 65 or older and two were aged between 50-64.
Here are some of the recurring findings Brunswick County’s contact tracing team is noticing among several of our county’s recent cases:
- Exposures in the workplace
- Exposures at religious or faith-related gatherings
- Exposures due to out-of-state travel to visit family
This third point is particularly of concern as we are now less than three weeks away from Thanksgiving weekend when people tend to travel and gather with family to celebrate the holidays. The NCDHHS will provide additional guidance on holiday travel in the next few days, but health officials urge you to practice the following measures to protect your loved ones from potential spread—especially asymptomatic spread:
- Wear face coverings or masks over your nose AND mouth whenever you are around family or friends you do not live with
- Do not attend or host a gathering if you feel sick or have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19
- Gathering limits are still in place; small, outdoor gatherings are best
- If you have tables, keep people who live together at their own table and keep tables at least 6 feet apart (this is important since people will need to remove masks while eating or drinking)
- Think about getting a test before traveling or gathering for holiday celebrations; if you test positive, stay home and isolate. If you test negative, you still need to practice the Three Ws
- Wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitizer
- Stay at least 6 feet apart, especially when eating or drinking
Outbreaks at congregate living settings continue to be harmful for residents and employees at these sites. Health Services is currently responding to outbreaks at the following locations:
- Autumn Care of Shallotte (Second Outbreak): There are 44 employees and 70 residents who received a positive test result for COVID-19 in total. The facility reported no new cases this week. Two resident cases are isolating at a hospital and there are no residents isolating at the facility. To date, 16 residents have passed away from deaths associated to COVID-19.
- Brunswick Cove: There are two employees who received a positive test result for COVID-19 in total. The facility reported no new cases this week.
- Carolina Dunes Behavioral Health: There are 32 employees and 14 residents who received a positive test result for COVID-19 in total. The facility reported no new cases this week. All resident cases are considered resolved.
- Leland House: There are two employees and 10 residents who received a positive test result for COVID-19 in total. The facility reported no new cases this week. At present, there are no residents isolating at the facility. To date, two residents have passed away from deaths associated to COVID-19.
No further information concerning these facilities’ employees or residents will be shared.
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
As of Nov. 6, there are 2,345 positive cases of COVID-19 among county residents (1,857 considered recovered, 420 isolating at 273 different households, 16 hospitalized, 52 deaths) and there are 17 cases among non-residents (12 considered recovered, 3 transferred monitoring to home county, 2 deaths).
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.
To date, 52 residents and two non-residents have passed away with deaths related to the virus. The age range of these individuals (residents and non-residents) were: 65 years or older (48 cases); 50-64 years (3 case); 25-49 years (3 cases). Of the resident cases, 26 are connected to outbreaks at congregate living settings.
According to the NCDHHS COVID-19 Dashboard statistics on testing, about 4.6% of tests conducted in Brunswick County are yielding positive results at this time.
Brunswick County has more information about testing, screening sites, and symptoms on its website, including testing sites for both insured and uninsured individuals. These online tools are also available to help increase access to testing and slow the spread of COVID-19:
- Check My Symptoms
- Comprobar Mis Sintomas
- Find My Testing Place (To view in Spanish, users can select Spanish in the yellow box)
- Download the free SlowCOVIDNC app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
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