Brunswick County Coronavirus Update (March 24, 2020)
- As of March 24, there are 10 positive cases and 184 pending test sample results in Brunswick County
- Brunswick County Board of Commissioners Chairman Frank Williams has issued a state of emergency due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic effective at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Read more: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/brunswick-county-declares-a-state-of-emergency-due-to-covid-19/
- Governor Roy Cooper announced an executive order to further enforce social distancing statewide. It requires entertainment facilities and personal care and grooming practices to close at 5 p.m. this Wednesday, prohibits mass gatherings of 50+ people, adds more visitation restrictions at long-term care facilities, extends public school closures to May 15, 2020, and more
- Brunswick County now requires individuals to contact county departments via phone or email first and to schedule appointments for in-person visits if necessary to support social distancing for our residents and team members: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/health/coronavirus/county-contact-information-virtual-services/
- Testing is available in Brunswick County; if you suspect you have coronavirus symptoms, contact your primary medical provider first to determine if your symptoms warrant a test and if they provide tests; contact Public Health if you need assistance locating a provider to test: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/health/coronavirus/testing/
- The County has information and resources for individuals and businesses that need assistance:
- Community Assistance: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/emergency/covid-19-community-assistance/
- Business Resources: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/health/coronavirus/businessresources/
BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County’s latest update on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is now available.
Brunswick County Test Results
Novel Coronavirus Test Reports in Brunswick County
As of March 24, there are ten positive cases of COVID-19 in Brunswick County. Public Health identified two more cases since its last update. Both cases are travel-related and are isolating at home. Neither individual returned to the area while symptomatic.
One individual has self-isolated at home with household contacts who are also self-quarantining since March 19. Public Health is working with this individual to identify potential contacts and complete contact notification.
The other individual has isolated at home since March 18 with a household contact whom the County recently identified as a positive case Monday, March 23. Public Health has already identified potential contacts to this individual and contact notification is being completed.
To protect individual privacy, no further information will be released.
Public Health monitors all individuals who test positive and any individuals in self-quarantine on a regular basis.
Brunswick County will provide updates on any positive cases considered a low risk for community spread in its daily update unless a serious public health concern requires a separate release.
The County will report any positive cases it receives as positive rather than presumptive positive moving forward based on updated reporting standards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and to follow reporting practices similar to the NCDHHS.
“As of this past Friday, we have seen our test reports grow to 10 positive cases and nearly 300 samples taken from people in the County, all of which have some connection to travel,” Health and Human Services Director David Stanley said. “With these developments and the evidence of community spread in other parts of the state, it is more important than ever to all limit any of our public interaction to only those that are essential. This is not the time to take vacations or even visit other cities if we want to reduce our risk of exposure and stop the spread.”
To follow social distancing guidelines and mandates from the state, Brunswick County now requires individuals to call or email county departments for assistance first before visiting county offices and requires appointments for any in-person visits if necessary beginning March 23, 2020.
The State of North Carolina has also made several decisions recently to enforce social distancing strategies. Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order Monday requiring entertainment facilities and personal care and grooming practices to close at 5 p.m. this Wednesday, prohibiting mass gatherings of 50+ people, adding more visitation restrictions at long-term care facilities, extending public school closures to May 15, 2020, and more.
The County will share statistics on the number of test samples and final reports Public Health is receiving in these updates on our website to allow for transparency and efficiency. Tests are occuring in varying numbers each day and results can take several days to process and report back to the Public Health from either the state or private laboratories. Our team is actively responding to the novel coronavirus pandemic and having a dedicated, routine way to share test statistics will ensure we are providing everyone with the most accurate information.
Brunswick County also provides these numbers to the NCDHHS for its case count webpage at https://www.ncdhhs.gov/covid-19-case-count-nc
As of March 24 at 11 a.m., there are 398 positive cases (increase of 101 cases from the day prior), 8,502 completed tests and no deaths in North Carolina.
How to Find Out If You Need a Test
Coronavirus tests are available in Brunswick County. If you suspect you have symptoms of coronavirus, you should contact your primary care provider first to alert them of their symptoms and have a physician determine if a test is required and if they provide tests. If your need additional assistance to locate a provider to test, you should contact Brunswick County Public Health for assistance.
Full details about testing in Brunswick County including information from Novant Health primary clinics and Dosher Memorial Hospital is at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/coronavirus/testing/
It is ultimately up to the primary medical provider to determine who should get tested. They will consider these symptoms:
- Those who have fever or lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within the past 14 days; OR
- Those who have fever and lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and a negative rapid flu test
The NCDHHS also updated its guidance March 23 for medical professionals when considering whether to administer a COVID-19 test and more. Full details are available at https://files.nc.gov/ncdhhs/documents/files/covid-19/COVID-19-Provider-Guidance-03-23-20-Final.pdf
The County is operating a joint information center with a Public Health Call Line and email to answer residents’ coronavirus questions (available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). More information is also available on our website at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/coronavirus
Brunswick County Public Health Call Line
- Phone: 910.253.2339
- Email: email@example.com
Individuals who have questions afterhours are encouraged to use the North Carolina 2-1-1 program or call the North Carolina Public Health Call Line, which has public health professionals available 24 hours a day every day to answer questions.
NC Public Health Call Line (Open 24/7)
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
Updates from Our Partners in Response to Coronavirus
- Brunswick County Schools
- Brunswick County Courthouse
- While most courts are closed, the Brunswick County Courthouse Clerk’s Office is open for limited services. The public is strongly encouraged to call in advance, as many trips to the Courthouse can be avoided.
- NC Courts Coronavirus Updates
- Brunswick Community College
- Novant Health
- Online coronavirus assessment tool found at novanthealth.org/coronavirus
- 24/7 helpline for patients are experiencing symptoms and have questions on how to best seek care: 877-499-1697 or 877-9NOVANT
- Dosher Memorial Hospital
For media inquiries, contact the Public Information Officer at 910.253.2995 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
County Contact Information & Virtual Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Brunswick County is urging individuals to call or email all county departments for assistance first before visiting county offices and will require appointments for in-person visits beginning March 23, 2020. See a full list of contact information for each department, information on their virtual services and impacts due to COVID-19 at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/health/coronavirus/county-contact-information-virtual-services/
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