Public Notice

Public Notice

Brunswick County Coronavirus Update (March 29, 2020)

03.29.2020

Click Here for the Latest Coronavirus Update >> brunswickcountync.gov/alert-ticker/information-on-coronavirus/

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

Coronavirus Testing Information

Coronavirus Testing Information

Coronavirus tests are available in Brunswick County. If you suspect you have symptoms of coronavirus, you should contact your primary medical provider first to alert them of their symptoms and have a physician determine if a test is required and if they provide tests. If your need additional assistance to locate a provider to test, you should contact Brunswick County Public Health Services for assistance.

It is ultimately up to the primary medical provider to determine who should get tested. They will consider these symptoms:

  • Those who have fever or lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within the past 14 days; OR
  • Those who have fever and lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and a negative rapid flu test

Novant Health Primary Clinics and Dosher Memorial Hospital Coronavirus Information & Testing

You should contact your primary medical provider first if you have one to alert them of their symptoms and have a physician determine if a test is required and if they provide tests.

Remember to always contact Novant Health primary clinics or Dosher Memorial Hospital first to alert them of their symptoms so they can provide proper guidance and make preparations to best protect you and their staff.

Novant Health Primary Clinics
  • Online coronavirus assessment tool found at novanthealth.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

Novant Health’s primary care clinics are screening for novel coronavirus. Novant Health will open a dedicated screening center on Tuesday, March 24 at 1 p.m. at the following location: 13 Medical Campus Dr., Supply, NC 28462. The Supply screening center will operate 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday thereafter.

Dosher Memorial Hospital

Beginning Monday, March 23, the Dosher Urgent Care Clinic at 4222 Long Beach Road, Southport, will be used only for patients who meet the criteria for screening and testing of COVID-19. Patients will be required to call first and complete an initial phone screening.

Symptoms that have been associated with COVID-19 include fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath. Patients will then be directed to come in for an onsite evaluation to determine if testing criteria is met. Patients will not be seen on a walk-in basis at the Dosher Urgent Care for other illnesses while this clinic is being utilized for COVID screenings.

If patients are sick with other issues, they are encouraged to call Dosher Urgent Care at 910-454-4732, and a provider within our network will be assigned to see them at one of our other locations. The Dosher Medical Clinics network is consolidating patient visits for those experiencing the symptoms most closely related to COVID-19 to one location for the health and safety of all patients.

Test Results

Novel Coronavirus Test Reports in Brunswick County
Number of Test Samples Reported to the County540
Pending Test Sample Results at the State Laboratory or Private Laboratories309
Positive Test Results Reported to the County12
Confirmed Negative Test Results Reported to the County219
Statistics as of March 29, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

 

In an effort to better address questions from residents and the media about the number of novel coronavirus occurring countywide, the County will post an update on the number of tests that have been reported to the County’s Public Health department in its daily update to allow for transparency and efficiency. It is important to recognize that tests are occurring in varying numbers each day and results can take several days to process and report back to the County Public Health department from either the state lab or private labs. Our team is actively responding to the novel coronavirus pandemic and having a dedicated time to share test statistics will ensure we are providing everyone with the most accurate information.

Brunswick County also provides these numbers to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) for its case count webpage at https://www.ncdhhs.gov/covid-19-case-count-nc

Brunswick County Public Health Call Line and Email Information

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.).

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)
  • 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

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