Brunswick County Coronavirus Update (May 3, 2020)
- Brunswick County has not issued additional restrictions beyond what is required in the Governor’s Stay at Home Order, which is now in effect through Friday, May 8. North Carolina’s three-phase approach to lifting statewide restrictions follows the guidance of President Donald Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force.
- Reach out to the municipality or the owners of short-term rental properties for questions concerning beaches, short-term rentals, and refunds for rentals.
- Do not travel to other places in the state or country or encourage travelers here while the Governor’s Stay at Home Order is in place; individuals who travel should quarantine for 14 days to watch for COVID-19 symptoms.
- As of May 3, there are 47 positive cases of COVID-19, 25 pending test results and 1,432 confirmed negative test results, totaling 1,504 tests administered so far among county residents. Of the positive cases, 36 are considered recovered cases, nine are currently isolating at five different homes and two are deaths associated to COVID-19.
- There are 10 cases involving non-residents testing positive for COVID-19 while visiting; five are considered recovered cases, three have transferred monitoring to their home county and two are deaths associated to COVID-19.
- See answers and information to several of our most frequently asked questions concerning COVID-19.
- See more information about COVID-19 testing and screening sites in Brunswick County
BOLIVIA, N.C. – As of May 3, there are 47 positive cases of COVID-19, 25 pending test results and 1,432 confirmed negative test results, totaling 1,504 tests administered so far among Brunswick County residents. Of the 47 positive cases, 24 are male and 23 are female; 36 are considered recovered cases, nine are currently isolating at five different homes 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.
To protect individual privacy, no further information will be released.
Governor Roy Cooper’s statewide Stay at Home Order is now in effect through Friday, May 8. Brunswick County is reminding everyone about key aspects concerning the order, travel to and from the county, and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Individuals can learn more about the latest status of North Carolina’s efforts to make improvements in statewide testing, tracing and other trends relate to COVID-19 from Governor Cooper’s April 30 update: https://governor.nc.gov/news/cooper-urges-north-carolinians-stay-vigilant
The Governor’s Stay at Home Order is a statewide order
All 100 counties in North Carolina must follow the rules and restrictions Governor Roy Cooper has mandated in his executive orders. The State of North Carolina’s three-phase approach to lifting statewide restrictions follows the guidance of President Donald Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force.
Regardless of Brunswick County’s test numbers in comparison to other counties or places in the state, all 100 counties in North Carolina must follow the rules and restrictions Governor Roy Cooper has mandated in his executive orders—including its rules concerning the closure of restaurants for dine-in service and bars and the closure of close-contact businesses that were ordered to close in Executive Order No. 120.
Since April 23—the date the Governor extended the statewide Stay at Home Order to May 8—Brunswick County has seen an increase of eight new cases among county residents and two new cases among non-residents visiting. North Carolina has also seen an increase in number of positive tests since that date, partly due to increased testing efforts.
Brunswick County has not issued additional restrictions due to COVID-19
Brunswick County has not issued additional restrictions beyond what is required in the Governor’s Stay at Home Order. The County is following the guidance and rules from the Governor and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) at this time. While counties and municipalities can issue additional restrictions, they cannot make decisions that reduce or pull back the requirements of a governor’s executive order(s).
Check with your town or city for questions about beaches, short-term rentals and other local restrictions
All beaches in Brunswick County fall under the jurisdiction of the municipality they are located in and make decisions concerning restrictions or evacuations. Your town or city might have additional restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so you should check their website, social media or contact them via phone or email for additional information.
Questions concerning any local restrictions on allowing short-term rentals to operate should be directed to the municipality they are located in or to the State. Questions about refunds and rental insurance for vacation rentals are legal or contractual questions. Rental agencies or companies should be contacted directly regarding these matters.
You are discouraged from traveling while the Governor’s Stay at Home Order is in place through Friday, May 8.
Inviting people to visit you violates the spirit of the Stay at Home Order
This is also not the time to invite people to come stay with you from any county, state, or region—even if they are your family members. Most of the County’s positive cases so far are travel-related, however there is evidence of community spread in the county.
Ten non-residents have now tested positive for the virus—forcing any close contacts they are visiting or traveling with to quarantine with them as well. Individuals who have to quarantine with a positive contact have a higher risk of contracting the virus.
If you or someone visiting you traveled here from another region of the state, country or world—especially those with widespread transmission of the virus like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and more—they are asked to quarantine where they are staying for 14 days to monitor themselves and watch for symptoms of COVID-19 they might have contracted in their home areas or during travel.
If you have questions about how to quarantine while visiting Brunswick County, contact the County’s Public Health Call Line at 910.253.2339 (available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about other food resources, mental health resources, and public health call lines are listed below in this update. A list of community assistance resources is updated routinely at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/emergency/covid-19-community-assistance/
The County also has links to a number of business resources in response to COVID-19 at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/health/coronavirus/businessresources/
See more answers to Public Health’s top questions and more information at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/health/coronavirus/faq/
- Read: North Carolina’s Executive Order No. 135
- Read: North Carolina’s Executive Order No. 121
- Frequently Asked Questions about North Carolina’s Stay at Home Order (Executive Order No. 121)
Brunswick County Test Results
The age ranges of the positive cases among Brunswick County residents as of today are as follows:
- 0-17 years old: 1
- 18-24 years old: 3
- 25-49 years old: 8
- 50-64 years old: 19
- 65+ years old: 16
The age ranges of the positive cases among non-residents as of today are as follows:
- 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
COVID-19 Test Reports in Brunswick County Among County Residents
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 Public 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.
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 share statistics on the number of test samples and final reports Public Health is receiving in its daily update to allow for transparency and efficiency.
The NCDHHS announced that it would share more information concerning the number of positive cases residing in zip codes and are looking at ways to protect populations located in smaller zip code areas. Brunswick County Public Health will provide information concerning this announcement in the coming days but 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. Of the 47 identified cases, 36 are considered recovered cases and nine are isolating at five different homes. These isolating positive cases pose a low risk to the public as they and any household contacts are isolated or quarantined. At this time there is no evidence that a known positive case has infected someone else in the county other than a household contact.
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. Everyone in Brunswick County, the state and nation 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. 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.
Food resources in Brunswick County
Some individuals and families might need help to ensure they have enough food at this time. We understand that this is a stressful situation for many of our fellow residents—but there are a number of resources and programs available that want to assist anyone who needs help at this time. Here are a few of the major resources available:
The Brunswick Family Assistance Executive Committee voted March 31 to increase the number of allowed pantry visits from once to twice per month. This effort is in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and serves to ensure that no family goes hungry in the county. Additionally, the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a request at the April 6 regular meeting for $30,000 in additional funding to BFA to support their COVID-19 response. Those in need of assistance are encouraged to call BFA at 910-754-4766 for the Shallotte office or 910-408-1700 for the Leland Office to set up appointments for pantry visits and other assistance services.
Eligible seniors aged 60 or older can request home meal deliveries on Tuesdays and Thursdays (two hot and three frozen) through the Meals on Wheels program or RSVP for drive-through meal service on select days at a BSRI center/site if they have not already. Contact BSRI to learn more and sign up for either of these services. Find the latest updates and contact information at www.bsrinc.org
To help families access food during the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is temporarily increasing benefits for March 2020 and April 2020 to current Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) recipients in North Carolina. All families that receive FNS will receive the maximum amount allowed for March 2020 and April 2020 for their household size. Families and individuals who do not currently receive benefits can apply online with ePass.
The WIC Program is a supplemental nutrition program that provides food, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support to income-eligible women who are pregnant, have recently given birth, are breastfeeding, as well as infants and children up to five years of age. Brunswick County’s WIC team members are providing all services over the phone and can be reached via the following phone numbers:
- Bolivia Office: 910.253.2288
- Shallotte Office: 910.253.2878
- Leland Office: 910.253.2877
Brunswick County is updating offers of community assistance including other food resources on its website. If you are aware of any other offers or notices, please email Volunteer and Nonprofit Coordinator Leslie Stanley at email@example.com
On April 20, it was announced that North Carolina has been approved for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to help families purchase food for children impacted by school closings due to COVID-19. The program provides a benefit on an EBT card to North Carolina families whose children are eligible for free and reduced lunch at school. Families will not need to apply for the P-EBT program. Parents with school aged children attending a school in the Brunswick County Schools district who currently receive Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits will receive the additional benefit on their existing EBT card. Parents with school-aged children attending a school in the Brunswick County Schools district who are not receiving FNS benefits will receive an EBT card in the mail with a letter from DHHS explaining how to activate and use their card. Families will receive $250 in P-EBT benefits per child, provided in two installments, with the possibility of an additional benefit if North Carolina schools are closed beyond May 15. Families will be able to use the P-EBT benefit to purchase food items at EBT authorized retailers, including most major grocery stores. More information about the P-EBT benefits including information in Spanish is on the NCDHHS website.
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: COVID-19: Managing Your Overall Health
Updates from Our Partners in Response to Coronavirus
Brunswick County Schools
- Updates on Coronavirus Impacts on Brunswick County Schools
- Online Educational Resources/Video Tutorials
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.
- Contact Information: (910) 253-3900 / Brunswick County Courthouse Website
- Filings can be mailed to: Clerk of Court / 310 Government Center Dr, Unit 1 / Bolivia NC 28422
- NC Courts Coronavirus Updates
Brunswick Community College
- Online coronavirus assessment tool found at https://coronavirus.novanthealth.org/
- 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 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