Public Notice

Public Notice

Brunswick County Coronavirus Update (March 29, 2020)

03.29.2020

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Note >> Brunswick County requires appointments for in-person visits at county offices at this time; encourages phone/email communication for assistance

Key Points

  • As of March 29, there are 12 positive cases of COVID-19, 309 pending test results, and 219 confirmed negative test results in Brunswick County, totaling 540 administered tests so far.
  • The CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately. This Domestic Travel Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Travelers returning after domestic travel from areas with widespread community transmission, cruise ships, riverboats, or by air travel should self-quarantine at home for 14 days after returning.
  • Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 121 takes effect on Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. and orders people in the state to stay at home for thirty days and reduces the size of gatherings to no more than 10 people. The Order provides for essential businesses to continue to operate while prioritizing social distancing measures.
  • For people who think they might have COVID-19 and have mild symptoms, the CDC now recommends they stay home and call their doctor for medical advice. Most people who get COVID-19 will have mild illness and recover at home. Download: COVID-19: What to Do If You Feel Sick (PDF)
  • Brunswick County now requires individuals to contact county departments via phone or email first and to schedule appointments for in-person visits if necessary to support social distancing for our residents and team members.
  • Testing is available in Brunswick County; if you suspect you have coronavirus symptoms, contact your primary medical provider first to determine if your symptoms warrant a test and if they provide tests; contact Public Health if you need assistance locating a provider to test.

 

Brunswick County Public Health Call Line and Email Information (Available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

 

NC Public Health Call Line (Open 24/7)

  • Phone: 1.866.462.3821

 

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 County has information and resources for individuals, businesses and municipalities that need assistance via the follow webpages:

 

Brunswick County Schools Information/Updates

County Contact Information & Virtual Services

County Contact Information & Virtual Services During Coronavirus Pandemic

Brunswick County is urging individuals to call or email all county departments for assistance first before visiting county offices and will require appointments for in-person visits beginning March 23, 2020.

Brunswick County offers a number of its services online already that individuals can access from the County’s website.

The County is asking individuals to call or email for assistance and to schedule in-person appointments to better practice social distancing and follow the guidelines set by the NC Department of Health and Human Services and the County’s Health and Human Services Department in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Learn more about the novel coronavirus and the County’s response at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/coronavirus

Not sure who to contact? Call our main line and we can help direct your calls.

Main County Contact Information

Board of Elections

Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc.

All senior centers and sites are all closed to the public until further notice. BSRI is working hard to provide meals to their participants during this closing. Staff will prepare meals for pick-up via drive-thru, and those currently receiving home-delivered meals will have no interruptions to their service. Contact BSRI for more information.

Cafeteria

The Cafeteria is currently closed until further notice.

Clerk to the Board of Commissioners

At this time, all Brunswick County Board of Commissioners regular meetings will take place as scheduled. The special Countywide Goal Workshop originally scheduled for Monday, March 16 at 1 p.m. and rescheduled for Monday, April 6 at 9 a.m. is now canceled.

Brunswick County is encouraging social distancing practices to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect our residents and team from the virus. Board of Commissioner meetings are open to the public however seating will be limited at all board meetings to adhere to the state mandate that mass gatherings do not exceed 50 people.

Brunswick County is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will notify the public should it cancel or postpone a meeting through its website and Sunshine List email distribution list.

Code Administration

Code Administration is enacting precautionary procedures for the safety of staff and the general public. Beginning Monday March 23, all change out inspections that do not include mechanical gas inspections are required to be completed with remote video inspection. Contractors can call 910.253.2018 to schedule a time slot for inspection. For instructions on remote video inspections, go to https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/code-administration/remote-video-inspections-4/

Code Administration is operating on normal schedules for field inspections and the processing of permit applications. We encourage you to use the webpage for submitting applications and corresponding with CP tech by phone. Any changes to our processes will be posted by 4 p.m. for future business day operations at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/code-administration/

Individuals can pay for permits online or via a drop-box in the front of Building I for those who prefer not to use online payment services: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/code-administration/permits/

Community Enforcement

Community Enforcement is available to assist for your solid waste and zoning enforcement needs. We encouraged you to reach out at 910.253.2200 to us for assistance remotely via phone, email, or online. Community Enforcement will accept in-person visits by appointment only.

Cooperative Extension

The State of North Carolina is limiting in-person interactions at NC Cooperative Extension centers for 60 days beginning March 23, 2020. Brunswick County Cooperative Extension staff continue to serve farmers, gardeners, youth, families, and community groups by phone, email, and video conference consultations. Please call, or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

County Attorney’s Office

  • Contact Information: 910.253.2400

County Manager’s Office

Emergency Services

Engineering

Environmental Health

Finance

Fire Administrator

Fire Marshal

Floodplain Management

GIS

Health Services

Human Resources

Library System

The Brunswick County Library System is currently closed to the public until further notice. Library staff are still available to answer questions via phone and email during the closures and the County will waive any overdue fines during this time. Also, eBooks through Axis360 and kids’ eBooks through NC-Kids will be available as usual. Free Library Wi-Fi will remain online and is accessible from library parking lots in most cases for individuals who still need internet service. Individuals who visit library parking lots for Wi-Fi are urged to find safe spaces outside of their vehicles and to remain at least six feet from others at all times.

Online eLearning Resources

  • NC Learn at Home: This is a new website designed to gather online content and educational resources into one place for teachers, students, paretns and anyone needing enriching experiences.
  • Biblioboard Open Access: This site has unlimited simultaneous use e-books.
  • NC360: This site offers online tours of the state parks and historical places.

Parks & Recreation

All Brunswick County parks remain open to the public at their regularly scheduled hours: every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the exception of Brunswick Nature Park, which is always open from 8 a.m. to dusk.

To continue to maintain a high standard of cleanliness in our park facilities, restrooms will only be open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Thursday, March 26. This adjusted time frame will give our team more time to clean the restrooms based on our advanced disinfection/sterilization protocol in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

As a reminder, all park visitors need to practice social distancing (approximately six feet between you and others) and cannot gather in groups—including children, teenagers, and young adults. These measures are necessary to keep each other as safe as possible. The County will continue to monitor the parks to ensure compliance with state mandates and guidelines.

Planning  

Planning is available to assist for your planning and zoning-related needs. We encouraged you to reach out at 910.253.2025 to us for assistance remotely via phone, email, or online. Planning will accept in-person visits by appointment only.

For the processing of permit applications, we encourage you to use the Code Administration Webpage for submitting permit applications: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/code-administration/permits/

Public Housing

Public Information

Public Utilities (Administration)

Register of Deeds

Sheriff’s Office

Social Services

  • Contact Information: 910.253.2077 / dss@brunswickcountync.gov
    • Please do not email reports of abuse or neglect.
    • If you need to make a CPS or APS report, please call 910.253.2077 during business hours. After Hours call 9-1-1 and ask to speak to the on call social worker.

Soil & Water Conservation District

Solid Waste & Recycling

Tax Office

Utility Billing

If you have internet, phone or email access, you can conduct all your utility service business virtually. We encourage you to visit our website to learn more to avoid in-person visits at our utility customer service center and better protect yourself and our team members through social distancing.

If you do not have internet access or have difficulty navigating our website, contact our staff via phone or email first so we can assist you and assess if an in-person visit is necessary.

Individuals can apply for utility services online using email or via mail. You can also contact us if you need to disconnect your service or make changes to your account. Full details and links to download applications are at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/utilities/utility-billing/application/

You can also pay bills and fees online 24 hours a day every day, mail in payments, or place payments in our drop-box in front of Building I.

Our utility customer service team members are available over phone to answer questions and assist you with payments through our automated services Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our team members will also respond to emails during office hours.

More information and links to these services are at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/utilities/utility-billing/

Veterans Services

  • Contact Information: 910.253.2233

 Updates from Our Partners in Response to Coronavirus

Brunswick County Schools

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.
  • NC Courts Coronavirus Updates

Brunswick Community College

Novant Health

  • Online coronavirus assessment tool found at org/coronavirus
  • 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

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