Brunswick County Coronavirus Update (May 21, 2020)
- Health Services identified two more cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) among county residents Thursday. As of Thursday, May 21, there are now 66 positive cases of COVID-19 among county residents (51 considered recovered, 11 isolating at home, 2 isolating at a hospital, 2 deaths) and 10 cases among non-residents (5 considered recovered, 3 transferred monitoring to home county, 2 deaths).
- Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen announced Wednesday that North Carolina will move into Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions this Friday, May 22 at 5 p.m. under Executive Order No. 141. Safer At Home Phase 2 runs through at least Friday, June 26.
- Certain businesses will be open at limited capacity with other requirements and recommendations during Phase 2 and mass gathering limits will be no more than 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
- Brunswick County will continue to encourage individuals to use our online services, call/email departments for assistance, and schedule appointments for necessary in-person visits through Phase 2.
- Brunswick County government offices are closed this Monday, May 25 to observe Memorial Day. Monday trash and recycling customers will still receive their regular curbside collection as usual. The landfill and convenience sites are closed Monday. Click here for info on who to call if you need assistance with utilities over the holiday weekend.
- Help protect and respect the health of our fellow neighbors. Follow the three Ws when you visit any public area: Wear a cloth face covering; Wait six feet apart to avoid close contact and maintain appropriate social distancing between yourself and others; Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
- Free, anonymous mental health resources available 24/7
- COVID-19 testing and screening sites in Brunswick County
- Frequently asked questions concerning COVID-19
- Flushing guidance for businesses preparing to reopen
BOLIVIA, N.C. – Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Secretary Mandy Cohen announced Wednesday that North Carolina will move into Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions this Friday, May 22 at 5 p.m. under Executive Order No. 141.
Phase 2 lifts the Stay At Home order moving into a Safer At Home recommendation, especially for people at high risk for serious illness. Teleworking is also urged when possible.
Mass gathering limits in Phase 2 will be no more than 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors in most circumstances. These limits apply to the following: event venues; conference centers; stadiums and sports arenas; amphitheaters; and groups at parks or beaches.
Some businesses will remain closed in Phase 2 including: bars; night clubs; gyms and indoor fitness facilities; indoor entertainment venues such as movie theaters, and bowling alleys.
Certain businesses will be open at limited capacity with other requirements and recommendations including: restaurants at 50% dine-in capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; personal care businesses, including salons and barbers, at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; pools at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements. Employees of personal care businesses will be required to wear face coverings.
Childcare facilities, day camps and overnight camps will be open with enhanced cleaning and screening requirements. Retail businesses allowed to open in Phase 1 at 50% capacity will continue at that level.
Public health recommendations are provided for worship services to practice enhanced social distancing and other cleaning and hygiene practices.
The Safer At Home Phase 2 runs through at least Friday, June 26.
More information about the Governor’s Executive Order No. 141 concerning Phase 2 is available below.
- Read: Governor’s Executive Order No. 141 (Phase 2)
- FAQs on the Governor’s Executive Order No. 141 for Phase 2
- NCDHSS guidance for various sections during Phase 2
Phase 2 in Brunswick County
Brunswick County has not implemented any additional restrictions countywide due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) beyond those required in the Governor’s executive orders. Brunswick County continues to follow the recommendations and guidance from the NCDHHS and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Individuals should reach out to their municipality or check their municipality’s website to see if their town or city has initiated or could initiate additional restrictions that overlap with North Carolina’s Safer At Home Phase 2. Individuals should continue to comply with any rules established within their jurisdiction.
Brunswick County’s government offices will operate as follows during Phase 2, unless otherwise addressed in future updates:
- Brunswick County will continue to encourage individuals to use our online services, call or email departments for assistance, and schedule appointments for necessary in-person visits through Phase 2.
- Brunswick County will continue to all allow temporary approved telecommuting and/or alternate work arrangements through Friday, June 26.
- All county staff, visitors, and vendors are highly encouraged to wear a cloth face covering when interacting with others.
- Brunswick County Libraries remain closed to the public at this time. Individuals can use the libraries’ online/virtual services with their library cards and can check out books for curbside pick-up. Contact a library to learn more about these services and how to apply for a virtual library card.
- Brunswick County Parks remain open as usual. Mass gatherings are limited to no more than 25 people and everyone should continue to follow best social distancing and hygiene practices while visiting parks. Brunswick County park restrooms will remain open only Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow our custodial staff time to clean restrooms according to the County’s advanced sanitation/disinfection protocol due to COVID-19.
Reminder: Brunswick County government offices are closed this Monday, May 25 to observe Memorial Day. Monday trash and recycling customers will still receive their regular curbside collection as usual. The Brunswick County Landfill and convenience sites are closed Monday. Individuals who need assistance afterhours with their utilities can call the follow phone numbers:
Staying home is still the best way to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect North Carolinians. The NCDHHS encourages everyone to follow the three Ws when visiting any public area. These efforts work best when they are all practiced together by as many people as possible:
- Wear a cloth face covering when in public (Make sure both your nose and mouth are fully covered and you are able to breathe normally while wearing it.)
- Wait six feet apart to avoid close contact and maintain appropriate social distancing between yourself and others
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer while also following other best hygiene practices
COVID-19 FAQ of the Day
Does the Governor’s Safer At Home Phase 2 (Executive Order No. 141) lift the Governor’s Stay at Home Order?
- Yes, this order lifts the statewide Stay at Home Order and moves the state to a Safer At Home recommendation. Itis important to stay home if you are sick. While in public, people should wear a cloth face covering, practice social distancing by waiting six feet apart from others while in public, and wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. High-risk individuals are urged to stay at home and travel only for absolutely essential purposes. The CDC defines high-risk individuals as:
- people 65 years or older; and
- people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions, including: people who are immunocompromised or who have chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis, or liver disease.
NCDHHS has issued guidance for the following topics. Guidance can be accessed at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/guidance:
- Salons and Personal Care
- Places of Worship
- Large Venues
- Overnight Camp
- Child Care
- Day Camp
- Tattoo Businesses
See more answers and information to several of our most frequently asked questions concerning COVID-19.
More answers to FAQs on the Governor’s Executive Order No. 141 for Phase 2 are on the NCDHHS website.
Brunswick County Test Results
Brunswick County Health Services identified two individuals who received a positive test result for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Thursday. These two cases are related, both are adults, and they are contacts of a previously reported case with whom they were quarantining. Contact tracing is complete for these cases. To protect individual privacy, no further information will be released.
As of May 21, there are now 66 positive cases of COVID-19, 21 pending test results and 2,275 confirmed negative test results, totaling 2,362 tests administered so far among Brunswick County residents. Of the 66 positive cases, 32 are male and 32 are female; 51 are considered recovered cases, 11 are isolating at six different homes, two are isolating at a hospital, and two are deaths associated to COVID-19.
There are 10 cases involving non-residents who tested positive for COVID-19 while visiting Brunswick County, resulting in their contacts having to quarantine as well; these cases are not reflected in the County’s total case counts. Seven of these cases are male and three are female. Five of the non-resident cases are considered recovered, and the County has transferred monitoring for three cases to the individuals’ home counties; two are deaths associated to COVID-19.
County Resident Cases
Age Range of Positive Cases
- 0-17 years old: 3
- 18-24 years old: 4
- 25-49 years old: 14
- 50-64 years old: 22
- 65+ years old: 23
Ethnicity of Positive Cases
- White: 57
- Black/African American: 8
- Asian: 1
Hispanic Ethnicity of Positive Cases
- Yes: 7
- No: 59
County Non-Resident Cases
- 0-17 years old: Zero cases
- 18-24 years old: Zero cases
- 25-49 years old: 4
- 50-64 years old: 1
- 65+ years old: 5
Ethnicity of Positive Cases
- White: 9
- Unknown: 1
Hispanic Ethnicity of Positive Cases
- Yes: 3
- No: 7
COVID-19 Test Reports in Brunswick County Among County Residents
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
COVID-19 Test Reports in Brunswick County Among Non-Residents
|Positive Cases (Non-Residents)||22|
|Positive Cases Isolating in the County (Non-Residents)||0|
|Positive Cases Isolating at a Hospital (Non-Residents)||0|
|Recoveries Among Positive Cases (Non-Residents)||17|
|Transferred Monitoring to Home County (Non-Residents)||3|
|Associated COVID-19 Deaths (Non-Residents)||2|
Note: Brunswick County Health Services 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.
Public Health monitors all individuals who test positive and any individuals in self-quarantine on a regular basis. The County will share statistics on the number of test samples and final reports Public Health is receiving in its update to allow for transparency and efficiency.
Brunswick County will provide updates on any positive cases considered a low risk for community spread unless a serious public health concern requires a separate release.
The NCDHHS has a case count webpage for North Carolina with information on the number of positive cases residing in zip codes. Brunswick County Health Services reminds individuals that zip codes only tell the location of where a positive case resides and does not mean that that is where the individual got the virus.
Most of the County’s resident and non-resident cases are related to travel to or from places outside of Brunswick County, however there is evidence of community spread of the virus in some of the resident cases. There are also a couple of instances where a positive case has transmitted the virus to another person outside of their household who was later tested and identified as a positive case.
Of the 66 identified cases, 51 are considered recovered cases, 11 are isolating at six different homes and two are isolating at a hospital. These isolating positive cases pose a low risk to the public as they and any household contacts are isolated or quarantined.
Everyone in needs to continue to take actions that best protect themselves from COVID-19 wherever they are and should assume that they can be exposed to the virus anywhere—hence the need to wear a face covering, wait six feet apart from other people, and wash their hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer frequently.
Patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 are in isolation in their homes, which are located within the majority of zip codes throughout the county. Identified positive cases only represent a fraction of the actual positive cases as not everyone who is sick with COVID-19 are being tested in light of the CDC’s guidance that individuals with mild symptoms are typically able to recover at home without a test.
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.
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: 877.685.2415 (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)
- Hope4NC Helpline: 1-855-587-3463 (available 24/7)
- Hope4Healers Helpline (for health care professionals, emergency medical specialists, first responders, other staff who work in health care settings and their families who are experiencing stress from being on the front lines of the state’s COVID-19 response): 919-226-2002 (available 24/7)
- More resources are available through the NC Department of Health & Human Services:
Find the latest information, case counts, contact information for community partners and food resources in Brunswick County on our Latest Information on Coronavirus webpage.
For media inquiries, contact the Public Information Officer at 910.253.2995 or email email@example.com
- Residents can find the latest information from the County concerning COVID-19 at http://brunswickcountync.gov/news
- Individuals can also follow the County’s social media and sign up for emails on emergency updates at http://brunswickcountync.gov/info/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 now 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