Brunswick County COVID-19 Snapshot Update (March 12, 2021)

03.12.2021

Brunswick County COVID-19 Snapshot Update: More than 25% of Brunswick County residents partially vaccinated, NCDHHS announces updates to move toward Group 4 (March 12, 2021)

Key Points

  • Brunswick County Health Services and its partners do not anticipate rescheduling any first dose appointments at its mass vaccination clinic currently set for March 15-19 to a later date, assuming there are no shipping delays
  • North Carolina will move to Group 4 on March 17, beginning with people with high-risk medical conditions, people experiencing homelessness, and incarcerated people who have not been vaccinated
  • North Carolina plans to move to other essential workers and other people in close group living settings under Group 4 on April 7

MEDIA RELEASE

BOLIVIA, N.C. – More than 25% of Brunswick County residents are at least partially vaccinated for COVID-19 as of this week, with nearly 16% fully vaccinated, according to the latest data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Brunswick County Health Services and its partners at Novant Health and Dosher Memorial Hospital do not anticipate rescheduling any first dose appointments at its mass vaccination clinic currently set for March 15-19 to a later date, assuming there are no shipping delays.

All eligible community members from Groups 1, 2, and 3 in the Brunswick County area can schedule their COVID-19 vaccination at the mass vaccination clinic here. Community members will then need to answer questions and select the Brunswick location to schedule. Community members in earlier groups may be prioritized for additional vaccine appointments at this clinic when available.

The NCDHHS also announced updates to its plans for how the state will move to Group 4. The following individuals from Group 4 will become eligible to schedule and receive vaccines on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, March 17: People with high-risk medical conditions, people experiencing homelessness, and incarcerated people who have not been vaccinated
  • Wednesday, April 7: Essential workers not yet vaccinated and other people in close group living settings

At this time, most appointments at the Brunswick County mass vaccination clinic are already scheduled out for several weeks. Community members are asked to remain patient as it may still take several weeks to find an available appointment spot at the mass vaccination clinic.

If appointments slots are not available when you search, you are encouraged to check back. Future appointment dates are added on a weekly basis based on current allocation numbers the NCDHHS is sending to the three partners. Also, more appointment slots could open each week as cancellations are processed and/or if vaccine allocations from the state exceed expectations.

Brunswick County’s Public Health Call Line is available for those who do not have internet or computer access.

Eligible individuals can also get vaccinated at other clinics and vaccine providers in the county or in other jurisdictions. If you do travel to another jurisdiction, be prepared to travel back to the same location for your second vaccine appointment (if necessary). A provider’s supplies for second doses are directly tied to the number of first doses it received from the NCDHHS in previous weeks.

Brunswick County Health Services is also continuing to increase residents’ access to vaccines through the successful applications for equity and event doses from the NCDHHS to host temporary outreach clinics. More than 1,340 individuals received their first dose and around 450 received their second dose through such clinics this week. County nurses, paramedics and the North Carolina National Guard also successfully vaccinated 175 homebound individuals.

For these temporary clinics, Health Services works directly with local partners to identify eligible individuals, particularly those from underserved or historically marginalized communities in the county, to schedule appointments. Individuals identified as eligible for these clinics will receive direct communication from Health Services or from one of our partners to schedule these appointments.

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 about vaccines and other opportunities for vaccinations at brunswickcountync.gov/vaccines

Key Statistics

Brunswick County remains on the Yellow/Significant Tier on the North Carolina COVID-19 County Alert System, the lowest of the three tiers. Of the state’s 100 counties, 40 are still considered to have substantial (orange) or critical (red) spread. Case count data is from Brunswick County Health Services and vaccination and testing data is from the NCDHHS dashboard.

  • Case Counts: As of March 12, 8,292 total county residents have received a positive test result for COVID-19. Of these, 285 are considered active, 7,868 are considered recovered, and 139 have died
  • Vaccinations: As of March 11, 35,839 first doses and 22,567 second doses have been administered to Brunswick County residents
  • Testing: As of March 12, about 5.9% 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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Media Inquiries

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