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


Brunswick County COVID-19 Snapshot Update: One year past first COVID-19 positive case, Brunswick County starts to see small but steady improvements (March 19, 2021)

Key Points

  • First dose appointments at the Brunswick County clinics currently set for March 22-26 are anticipated to go on as scheduled
  • One year since its first resident COVID-19 case, Brunswick County has identified more than 8,000 residents who tested positive and 141 residents who died from the virus
  • Community members from Groups 1, 2, 3, and a section of Group 4 can schedule a vaccine appointment online here or by calling 910.253.2339 during open hours (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)


BOLIVIA, N.C. – This past week marked a year since the first case of COVID-19 was identified in Brunswick County. To date, 8,433 county resident cases have been identified, with more than 8,000 recovered. Sadly, two more individuals passed this past week, bringing the total number of resident deaths to 141.

New cases are decreasing slowly but steadily, with 141 new cases identified March 12-19; this is similar to the 145 new cases identified the week prior (March 5-12). However, the number of active cases remains on par with the County’s active case numbers this past Friday, too.

Contact tracing efforts are noticing that family/social gatherings, household contacts, workplace contacts, and community spread (unknown contacts) are related to most of the recent cases.

“The public’s commitment to mask wearing and increasing vaccinations continue to serve as core factors in managing the virus right now,” Health Services Director Cris Harrelson said. “We continue to stress the importance of following the Three Ws together and to avoid gatherings with people you do not live with as we work toward vaccinating everyone.”

Brunswick County Health Services and its partners at Novant Health and Dosher Memorial Hospital do not anticipate rescheduling any first dose appointments at its clinics currently set for March 22-26 to a later date, assuming there are no shipping delays.

Community members from Groups 1, 2, 3, and a section of Group 4 (Age 16-64 with Higher Risk Medical Conditions and Additional Congregate Settings) are now eligible to schedule their required vaccine appointment at a county clinic.

Individuals can schedule first dose vaccine appointments at a county clinic (as available) the following ways:

  • Schedule online here
  • Call the Public Health Call Line at 910.253.2339 (Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

The following individuals from Group 4 will become eligible to schedule and receive vaccines on the following date:

  • Wednesday, April 7: Essential workers not yet vaccinated and other people in close group living settings

You will receive your clinic location when you schedule your first dose appointment, whether online or by phone. You will also receive the date and location for your second dose appointment (if receiving the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines) before you leave your first dose appointment.

While supplies are increasing, there is still high demand for vaccines. Community members are asked to remain patient as it may still take several weeks to find an appointment spot.

If appointments are not available when you search or call, you are encouraged to check back. Future appointment dates are added weekly based on current allocation numbers the NCDHHS sends 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.

Community members in earlier groups may be prioritized for additional vaccine appointments at the clinics when available.

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’s Public Health Call Line is available for those who do not have internet or computer access to schedule an appointment or for COVID-19 questions.

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

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, 18 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 19, 8,433 total county residents have received a positive test result for COVID-19. Of these, 285 are considered active, 8,007 are considered recovered, and 141 have died
  • Vaccinations: As of March 18, 40,172 first doses (28.1%) and 26,630 (18.6%) second doses have been administered to Brunswick County residents
  • Testing: As of March 19, about 6.4% 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.


Media Inquiries

For media inquiries, contact the Communications Director at 910.253.2995 or email

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