- Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen provided a status update on how the state is doing in testing, tracing and other trends related to COVID-19 in the past week; the state still needs to improve in the trajectory or COVID-like syndromic cases and new lab-confirmed cases, but is seeing positive indicators in the trajectory of positive test results in relation to total tests administered and in the trajectory of hospitalizations. They are also seeing improvements in increased testing and contact tracing statewide.
- As of April 30, there are 43 positive cases of COVID-19, 12 pending test results and 1,294 confirmed negative test results, totaling 1,349 tests administered so far among county residents. Of the positive cases, 33 are considered recovered cases, eight 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.
- 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.
- The State of North Carolina’s three-phase approach to lifting statewide restrictions follows the guidance of President Donald Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force.
- 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. – In a news conference this afternoon, Governor Roy Cooper reminded North Carolinians to remain vigilant in their efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and that state leadership remains hopeful that the state can transition to the first phase of the statewide three-phase approach to lifting statewide restrictions following the expiration of the Governor’s Stay at Home Order Friday, May 8.
Brunswick County has not issued additional restrictions beyond what is required in the Governor’s Stay at Home Order. The State of North Carolina’s three-phase approach to lifting statewide restrictions follows the guidance of President Donald Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force.
During a media briefing Thursday afternoon, Governor Cooper and NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Secretary Mandy Cohen provided a status update on how the state is doing in testing, tracing and other trends related to COVID-19 since Thursday, April 23—the date the Governor’s Stay at Home Order was extended to May 8.
The State is looking at four main trends and the statewide capacity of testing, contact tracing and personal protective equipment (PPE) to determine if North Carolina is on track to begin the first phase of lifting statewide restrictions:
TREND NO. 1: IS THERE A DECREASE IN THE TRAJECTORY OF COVID-LIKE SYNDROMIC CASES OVER A 14-DAY PERIOD?
- No. As of April 30, the percentage of COVID-like syndromic cases is level, but there has been an uptick of these type of cases in the past seven days.
TREND NO. 2: IS THERE A DECREASE IN THE TRAJECTORY OF NEW LAB-CONFIRMED CASES OVER A 14-DAY PERIOD?
- No. New cases in North Carolina are increasing (partly due to increased testing capacity).
TREND NO. 3: IS THERE A DECREASE IN THE TRAJECTORY OF POSITIVE TEST RESULTS IN RELATION TO THE TOTAL NUMBER OF TESTS ADMINISTERED IN A 14-DAY PERIOD?
- Yes. The trajectory of positive test results as a percentage of total tests administered is decreasing.
TREND NO. 4: DOES THE TRAJECTORY OF HOSPITALIZATIONS (THE DAILY COUNT OF INDIVIDUALS WHO TESTED POSITIVE IN A HOSPITAL BED) OVER A 14-DAY PERIOD PROVIDE HOSPITALS AN ADEQUATE CAPACITY TO RESPOND TO MORE CASES?
- Yes. The number of hospitalizations are leveling.
State leaders are seeing increases in testing and also in contact tracing capabilities due to the recent launch of the Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative to hire and train staff to support existing efforts of local health departments to track the transmission of COVID-19. As for PPE, the state still has less than a 30-day supply of hospital gowns and N95 face masks.
During the news conference, Secretary Cohen announced that the NCDHHS 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 43 identified cases, 33 are considered recovered cases and eight 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.
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.
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.
Brunswick County is monitoring our county’s case counts and is developing a plan concerning government operations as it pertains to the Governor’s should the statewide Order expire May 8 as planned. Brunswick County government offices are currently open, but individuals are encouraged to visit our website and to call or email county departments for assistance first before visiting county offices. The County currently requires appointments for necessary in-person visits.
You are asked to continue to comply with the Governor’s Order to support our state leaders and health care workers efforts to limit the transmission of the virus.
You are strongly urged to not travel out of the county if not essential. You are strongly discouraged from inviting people to come stay with you from any other North Carolina counties, states (including South Carolina) or countries—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. 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.
If you or someone visiting you traveled here from another region of the state, country or world—especially a place with widespread transmission of the virus—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.to 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
As of April 30, there are 43 positive cases of COVID-19, 12 pending test results and 1,294 confirmed negative test results, totaling 1,349 tests administered so far among Brunswick County residents. Of the 43 positive cases, 22 are male and 21 are female; 33 are considered recovered cases, eight 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.
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: 2
- 25-49 years old: 6
- 50-64 years old: 18
- 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
|Positive Test Results Reported to the County (County Residents)||43|
|Pending Test Sample Results at the State Laboratory or Private Laboratories (County Residents)||12|
|Confirmed Negative Test Results Reported to the County (County Residents)||1,294|
|Number of Test Samples Reported to the County (County Residents)||1,349|
|Positive Cases Isolating at Home (County Residents)||8|
|Positive Cases Isolating at a Hospital (County Residents)||0|
|Recoveries Among Positive Cases (County Residents)||33|
|Associated COVID-19 Deaths (County Residents)||2|
Statistics as of April 30, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.
COVID-19 TEST REPORTS IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY AMONG NON-RESIDENTS
|Positive Test Results (Non-Residents)||10|
|Positive Cases Isolating in the County (Non-Residents)||0|
|Positive Cases Isolating at a Hospital (Non-Residents)||0|
|Recoveries Among Positive Cases (Non-Residents)||5|
|Transferred Monitoring to Home County (Non-Residents)||3|
|Associated COVID-19 Deaths (Non-Residents)||2|
Statistics as of April 30, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.
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.
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. Brunswick County residents should assume that community transmission of COVID-19 is present anywhere and take the appropriate precautions. 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