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

Municipal Toolkit

Municipal Toolkit for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page has information and resources for our Brunswick County municipal partners and residents to use and share about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Resources for Questions and Information About Coronavirus

Resources for Questions and Information About Coronavirus

 

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)
  • 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
Community Assistance Offers and Business Resources

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Community Impact

Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. More information and answers to frequently asked questions about novel coronavirus is also available on the NC Department of Health and Human Services website.

 

Travel-Related Questions
  • The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) has issued guidance for all citizens regarding non-essential travel. This guidance asks individuals at higher risk to stay home, which means these individuals should not travel if it is not essential at this time. Even if individuals feel healthy and are not exhibiting symptoms, it is important that everyone follow these measures to better protect all our fellow residents, especially for those who have a high risk for severe illness, including those 65 years or older, those with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, or those with weakened immune systems.
  • The NC DHHS travel guidance can be found here: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina/covid-19-travel
  • Brunswick County is urging and reminding all individuals to avoid sick people, follow social distancing protocols and seek communication options including phone, email, and other online resources to limit exposure to others and protect yourself as best as possible.
Animals
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has information about pets and animals in relation to COVID-19 at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/animals.html
  • CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19.
  • If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy.
Beach Closures
  • Each municipality legally handles any issues regarding restrictions or evacuations.  All beaches in Brunswick County are municipalities and need to be contacted directly for information regarding specific guidance and restrictions on visitors.
  • The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) has issued guidance for all citizens regarding non-essential travel. This guidance asks individuals at higher risk to stay home, which means these individuals should not travel if it is not essential at this time. Even if individuals feel healthy and are not exhibiting symptoms, it is important that everyone follow these measures to better protect all our fellow residents, especially for those who have a high risk for severe illness, including those 65 years or older, those with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, or those with weakened immune systems.
  • The NC DHHS travel guidance can be found here: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina/covid-19-travel
  • Brunswick County is urging and reminding all individuals to follow social distancing protocols and seek communication options including phone, email, and other online resources to limit exposure to others and protect yourself as best as possible.
Hotel Closures
Hotel Cleaning and Rental Property Cleaning
Refunds and Rental Insurance
  • Refunds and rental insurance for vacation rentals are legal or contractual questions. Rental agencies or companies should be contacted directly regarding these matters.
Resources and Assistance
Restaurants

Read the official Frequently Asked Questions on Executive Order 118 from the Office of the Governor.

  • In light of new information  regarding the presence of community spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina, local jurisdictions should enforce the more stringent Order of Abatement of Imminent Hazard issued by the Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, which states that “seating areas of restaurants and bars constitute an imminent hazard for the spread of COVID-19.” Restaurants shall close all seating areas immediately and bars are directed to close immediately. Restaurants are restricted to carry-out, drive-through, and delivery to ensure food is available while maintaining social distancing. Restaurant staff are not permitted to serve patrons indoors or in the outdoor seating area, and all areas of North Carolina are subject to mass gathering restrictions and social distancing guidelines. If a restaurant has outdoor seating, onsite consumption in the outdoor seating area is not permitted pursuant to the Order of Abatement.
  • Local law enforcement agencies and district attorneys are generally responsible for enforcement of the Order (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 166A-19.30(a)(2)) and the Order of Abatement. Pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 130A-18 and 130A-25, failure to comply with the Order of Abatement issued by the Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services may result in injunctive relief against the establishment in question or prosecution for a misdemeanor offense. Violations of the Order are subject to prosecution pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 166A-19.30(d) and are punishable as a Class 2 misdemeanor in accordance with N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-288.20A.
Testing
  • 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.
  • The County is operating a joint information center with a Public Health Call Line and email to answer coronavirus questions and assist residents and visitors with testing locations.
  • Brunswick County Public Health Call Line and Email Information
  • Individuals who have questions afterhours are encouraged to call the North Carolina Public Health Call Line, which has public health professionals available 24 hours a day every day to answer questions: 1.866.462.3821.
Fliers and Social Media Resources

Fliers and Social Media Resources

Brunswick County Resources

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Coronavirus Best Hygiene Practices Poster (English and Spanish)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Distancing for Younger Generations Social Media Graphics

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Know Your Risk Infographic

 

American Sign Language (ASL) Videos

American Sign Language (ASL) Videos

 

Message in ASL about Coronavirus (From NC DHHS)

ASL message on self-care during COVID-19 outbreak (From NC DHHS)

Symptoms of Coronavirus 2019 (From CDC)

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