Brunswick County COVID-19 Snapshot Update (March 5, 2021)

03.05.2021

Brunswick County COVID-19 Snapshot Update: Vaccine supplies considered sufficient for vaccine appointments for March 8-12, North Carolina transitions to next group in vaccination plan this week (March 5, 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 8-12 to a later date, assuming there are no shipping delays
  • Eligible community members (Groups 1-3) in the Brunswick County area are now able to schedule their COVID-19 vaccination here (you will then need to answer questions and select the Brunswick location to schedule)
  • Community members who are considered essential frontline workers under Group 3 and those in Group 4 are asked to remain patient as it may still take several weeks to find an available appointment spot at the Brunswick County mass vaccination clinic

MEDIA RELEASE

BOLIVIA, N.C. – Trends in case counts, testing, and vaccinations are continuing to show improvements this week in Brunswick County, with almost 32,000 residents vaccinated with their first dose so far.

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 8-12 to a later date, assuming there are no shipping delays.

Individuals now eligible for vaccinations are those who fall under Group 1 (health care workers), Group 2 (anyone 65 or older regardless of health status or living situation), and Group 3 (anyone working in child care or in PreK – 12 schools and essential frontline workers).

Eligible community members in the Brunswick County area are now able to 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 aged 65 and older, health care workers, long-term care staff and residents, and workers from child care and school settings will continue to be prioritized for vaccines at this clinic. If additional appointments can be added to next week’s schedule, the three partners will focus first on scheduling those who are aged 65 and older, health care workers, and child care and school workers followed by those in additional eligible groups.

The NCDHHS also announced plans for how the state will move to Group 4 recently. Adults at high risk for exposure and increased risk of severe illness will become eligible to schedule and receive vaccines on Wednesday, March 24.

Vaccine supplies remain exceptionally low. Community members who are considered essential frontline workers under Group 3 and those in Group 4 are asked to remain patient as it may still take several weeks to find an available appointment spot at the mass vaccination clinic.

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

As more vaccine supplies are sent to North Carolina, more COVID-19 vaccines may become available to expand opportunities for eligible individuals to receive a vaccine in Brunswick County and across the state.

In addition to its operations at the mass vaccination clinic, Brunswick County health and emergency services/EMS team members worked with local health partners, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Brunswick County NAACP, Brunswick County Schools, local churches, and the North Carolina National Guard to organize temporary outreach vaccine clinics throughout the week at Town Creek Park, Ocean Isle Beach Park and Smithville Park.

More than 1,500 people were vaccinated with their first dose of the vaccine through these clinics—several of whom were either aged 65 or older, teachers, school support staff, or child care workers. The NCDHHS awarded these doses to the county as special event allocations specifically to target eligible individuals, particularly in historically marginalized and underserved communities.

For these temporary clinics, Health Services works directly with its 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.

Efforts like continuing to wear face coverings in public, remain home when possible, and increased vaccinations are continuing to help slow the spread: 142 new cases were identified among county residents this past week, continuing to trend down from the 230 new cases identified in the previous full week. (Feb. 19-26).

Brunswick County’s testing statistic also stands at 5.2% as of March 5, whereas it was at 7.4% the previous Friday. Brunswick County also dropped to the Yellow/Significant tier on the NCDHHS County Alert System this week.

Sadly, four more residents have passed with a death related to the virus in the past week, bringing the total number of deaths among county residents to 139.

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 is now 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 5, 8,147 total county residents have received a positive test result for COVID-19. Of these, 376 are considered active, 7,632 are considered recovered, and 139 have died.  
  • Vaccinations: As of March 4, 31,834 first doses and 17,888 second doses have been administered to Brunswick County residents.
  • Testing: As of March 5, about 5.2% 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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  • Main County Contact Information: 910.253.2000 / 800.442.7033