Brunswick County COVID-19 Snapshot Update (Feb. 19, 2021)

02.19.2021

Brunswick County COVID-19 Snapshot Update: While expected supplies are sufficient, vaccine appointments for Feb. 22-26 could still be rescheduled due to shipping delays (Feb. 19, 2021)

Key Points

  • While vaccine allocations are expected to cover next week’s appointments, some could still be rescheduled due to inclement weather in the southeast part of the country delaying vaccine deliveries
  • In the event your appointment needs to be rescheduled, you will receive an email and an automated phone message informing you of your new appointment date

MEDIA RELEASE

BOLIVIA, N.C. – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has notified Brunswick County Health Services and its partners at Novant Health and Dosher Memorial Hospital that the vaccines they should expect to receive for Feb. 22-26 would cover all appointments currently scheduled for that week. However, vaccine appointments could still be rescheduled due to inclement weather in the southeast part of the country delaying vaccine delivery times to local providers.

Information is not available at this time concerning the arrival time of the partners’ vaccine shipments.

If your appointment for a first or second dose is next week, you do not need to take any action. Here’s how we’ll notify affected individuals if necessary:

  • In the event your appointment needs to be rescheduled, you will receive an email and an automated phone message informing you of your new appointment date.
  • If you do not receive an email nor an automated phone call, your appointment will continue next week as scheduled.

While our Public Health Call Line team members are exceptionally helpful, they do not have information to tell you whether your appointment is rescheduled. Wait for the automated call and email to tell you if your appointment is rescheduled. This will save you from waiting on the phone to speak with someone.

If your second dose appointment is rescheduled, it will still be effective. Both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be scheduled up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose.

In the event your appointment is rescheduled, individuals are encouraged to keep their new appointment time if possible. Rescheduled individuals do not need to take any action to keep the new appointment time; they are automatically added to the schedule.

If you cannot make the new appointment and need to reschedule, call Novant Health Care Connections at 855-NH-VAC4U where you will give your information to be contacted.

Your best protection from COVID-19 will be a combination of getting a COVID-19 vaccine, wearing a mask, staying at least six feet away from others, avoiding crowds, and washing your hands often. Remember to still practice the Three Ws—wear, wait and wash—even if you already received your vaccination.

Find the latest information and updates about vaccines at brunswickcountync.gov/vaccines

How to Get a COVID-19 Vaccination

Individuals now eligible for vaccinations are those who fall under Group 1 (health care workers) or Group 2 (anyone 65 or older regardless of health status or living situation). Eligible community members in the Brunswick County area can schedule their COVID-19 vaccination by visiting NovantHealth.org/BrunswickVaccine.

Beginning this upcoming Wednesday, Feb. 24, anyone working in child care or in PreK – 12 schools will become eligible to receive the vaccine. Additional frontline workers will become eligible beginning Wednesday, March 10. Currently eligible groups—health care workers, long-term care staff and residents, and people 65 and older—will continue to be prioritized for vaccines.

Vaccine supplies remain exceptionally low. If appointments slots are not available when you search, you are encouraged to check again later. Future appointment dates are added on a weekly basis based on current allocation numbers the NCDHHS is sending to the three partners.

If you do plan or choose to travel to another jurisdiction to receive your COVID-19 vaccine, be prepared to travel back to that jurisdiction for you second vaccine appointment. The supplies a provider is given for second doses is directly tied to the number of first doses it was sent from the NCDHHS in previous weeks.

Brunswick County’s Public Health Call Line is available for those who do not have internet or computer access. You will be asked to provide your name, phone number, birth date, and an email (if available).

Brunswick County Health Services cannot schedule your appointment for you over the phone nor in person at the public health clinic in Bolivia. Instead, Health Services will provide your details to Novant Health, whose representatives will call you in the future to help you schedule an appointment over the phone. This call might come from a private or unknown number.

Need to cancel your appointment at the Brunswick County mass vaccination clinic? If you get your COVID-19 vaccine at another clinic or jurisdiction, call or email the Public Health Call Line as soon as possible to cancel your appointment. The call line team will add your name to a list that is sent daily to our partners at Novant Health to remove you from the schedule. Promptly contacting us allows us to better schedule another patient for the spot, depending on available supplies that week.

Key Statistics

Brunswick County remains in the Critical/Red Tier on the North Carolina COVID-19 County Alert System, the highest tier possible. Of the state’s 100 counties, 94 are considered to have substantial or critical spread. Case count data is from Brunswick County Health Services and vaccination and testing data is from the NCDHHS dashboard.

  • Case Counts: As of Feb. 19, 7,775 total county residents have received a positive test result for COVID-19. Of these, 770 are considered active, 6,876 are considered recovered, and 129 have died.  
  • Vaccinations: As of Feb. 18, 24,601 first doses and 10,156 second doses have been administered to Brunswick County residents.
  • Testing: As of Feb. 19, about 9.5% of tests conducted in Brunswick County are yielding positive results.

More information about COVID-19, testing, and vaccines is on the Health Services COVID-19 webpage.

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For media inquiries, contact the Communications Director at 910.253.2995 or email meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov

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 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