Brunswick County Coronavirus Update (May 5, 2020)
- Public Health has identified two more positive cases Tuesday; one individual is a county resident and one is a non-resident. Both are isolating at a hospital.
- The CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain such as grocery stores and pharmacies. Cloth coverings can play a part in controlling the spread if they are used properly and in combination with other tried and true everyday preventive actions like washing hands and wiping down surfaces.
- Find links to some of the latest updates from the Office of the Governor, NCDHHS, NCDMV, and NC Courts.
- As of May 5, there are now 49 positive cases of COVID-19, 35 pending test results and 1,462 confirmed negative test results, totaling 1,546 tests administered so far among county residents. Of the positive cases, 36 are considered recovered cases, 10 are currently isolating at six different homes (one is not located in Brunswick County), one is isolating at a hospital, and two are deaths associated to COVID-19.
- There are now 11 cases involving non-residents testing positive for COVID-19; five are considered recovered cases, three have transferred monitoring to their home county, one is isolating at a hospital, 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. – Brunswick County Public Health identified two more individuals who received a positive test result for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Monday. One of the individuals is a county resident and one is a non-resident.
Both of these individuals are household contacts and are isolating at a hospital. Contact tracing is still in progress, however there are no additional close contacts identified at the time of this update’s release.
To protect individual privacy, no further information will be released.
COVID-19 FAQ of the Day
Should I wear a mask or face covering?
- Social distancing – staying six feet apart from others – cannot be replaced by face coverings. The very best evidence on reducing the spread is to social distance and stay at home. The CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain such as grocery stores and pharmacies.
- The CDC is not recommending medical masks, which need to first go to those on the front lines, including our health care workers. Cloth coverings can play a part in controlling the spread if they are used properly and in combination with other tried and true everyday preventive actions like washing hands and wiping down surfaces. If used incorrectly, face coverings can expose someone to more germs rather than less. Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
- Learn how to wear and how to make a homemade face covering on the CDC website.
See more answers and information to several of our most frequently asked questions concerning COVID-19.
ICYMI: Recent Updates from State Agencies Related to COVID-19
Here are recent news releases from state agencies relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Federal Economic Impact Payments May Require Paperwork for Some North Carolinians (May 4, 2020)
- Governor Cooper Signs COVID-19 Relief Bills Into Law (May 4, 2020)
- NCDMV License and Registration Expiration Dates Extended 5 Months (May 4, 2020)
- NCDHHS Working Quickly to Secure Federal Resources, Broadening Mental Health and Resilience Supports for All North Carolinians (May 4, 2020)
- North Carolina Courts Expand Remote Operations Amid COVID-19 (May 4, 2020)
- Chief Justice Beasley Extends Emergency Directives Until May 30 (May 2, 2020)
- Cooper Urges North Carolinians to Stay Vigilant (April 30, 2020)
- NCDHHS Improving Mental Health Supports for Staff in Health Care Settings, Expanding to Support Staff in Child Care Centers (April 28, 2020)
- NCDHHS Announces Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative (April 27, 2020)
- Recruitment is now ongoing for the statewide tracing collaborative. Apply now at https://www.communitycarenc.org/carolina-community-tracing-collaborative
Brunswick County Test Results
As of May 5, there are now 49 positive cases of COVID-19, 35 pending test results and 1,462 confirmed negative test results, totaling 1,546 tests administered so far among Brunswick County residents. Of the 49 positive cases, 26 are male and 23 are female; 36 are considered recovered cases, 10 are isolating at six different homes (one home is out-of-state), one is isolating at a hospital, and two are deaths associated to COVID-19.
There are 11 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 four are female. Five of the non-resident cases are considered recovered, one is isolating at a hospital, and the County has transferred monitoring for three cases to the individuals’ home counties; two are deaths associated to COVID-19.
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: 9
- 50-64 years old: 19
- 65+ years old: 17
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: 2
- 65+ years old: 5
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 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 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 49 identified cases, 36 are considered recovered cases, one is isolating at a hospital, and 10 are isolating at six different homes, one of which is not located in Brunswick County. 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