Brunswick County Reports First Death Related to COVID-19
BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County Public Health is reporting the first novel coronavirus (COVID-19) associated death in Brunswick County today.
The individual passed away the early morning of Friday, April 3. The patient was considered a person at high risk for severe illness as they were over the age of 65 and had some underlying medical conditions.
Because of this individual’s lack of travel history or known exposure, this individual potentially contracted the virus by community transmission. Public Health is working to conduct contact tracing to determine those who were in close contact with them. There is one household contact to this individual who is self-quarantining at home.
This individual was not one of the previously identified positive cases in the County. They had taken a test before passing away, which was confirmed as positive today following their passing.
To protect the families’ privacy, no further information about this patient will be released.
“The loss of a loved one is very difficult, and we offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to everyone who lost a family member or friend today with the passing of this individual,” Chairman Frank Williams said. “Our thoughts are with them and everyone who continues to fight and respond to this crisis in our county, state and nation.”
Public Health continues to work with our health and safety partners in the community to respond to the pandemic and is providing routine updates to the public on our efforts and important health guidance. More information and details from the County are available at brunswickcountync.gov/coronavirus
“We recognize that this is tough news for all of us to hear, especially those who have a higher risk for illness, who also have dear ones struggling with this virus or are actively responding to the pandemic,” Health and Human Services Director David Stanley said. “We continue to urge everyone to stay calm and to follow the stay at home order and other mandates our state, our county, and our municipalities have issued to protect one another from this disease.”
Local and State Public Health Call Lines
Brunswick County Public Health Call Line
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
- Phone: 910.253.2339
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. More information is available at ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus
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
The COVID-19 situation is a stressful situation for many of us. There are several resources available should you need to speak with someone anonymously at this time:
- Trillium: 685.2415 (24-hour availability in English and Spanish)
- Disaster Distress Helpline: 800.985.5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (24-hour availability in English and Spanish)
- More resources are available through the NC Department of Health & Human Services: COVID-19: Managing Your Overall Health
Residents can find the latest information from the County concerning COVID-19 at brunswickcountync.gov/news
Individuals can also follow the County’s social media and sign up for emails on emergency updates at brunswickcountync.gov/info/email/
Brunswick County Test Results
Novel Coronavirus Test Reports in Brunswick County
Daily updates to the Brunswick County’s COVID-19 dashboard will temporarily halt beginning Monday, Jan. 25 due to technical issues. County staff are working to resolve the situation and will provide updates as they become available.
This issue does not affect the data Brunswick County reports to the state concerning total cases identified every day. Individuals are encouraged to visit the NCDHHS COVID-19 dashboard for the information on current case counts and trends in Brunswick County and statewide at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard/cases
Note: Brunswick County Health is encouraging providers in the County’s jurisdiction to continue to report persons under investigation (PUI) at this time, however NCDHHS no longer mandates that the PUI form be completed and sent to the local health departments, which could result in under reporting of test counts. These numbers reflected the information reported to the County from local health care providers.
For media inquiries, contact the Public Information Officer at 910.253.2995 or email email@example.com
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 now require 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