Brunswick County identifies first presumptive case of Covid-19 [Free read]

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, also called the novel coronavirus, causes the Covid-19 disease. (Port City Daily photo illustration/Courtesy CDC)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — In a late evening statement, the county announced it had received information identifying a positive test for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes Covid-19. Officials described the case, the first in the Cape Fear region, as an isolated incident.

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According to officials, the “individual is in self-isolation at home and is doing well.”


County officials said they are monitoring the situation and working to identify any ‘close contacts’ with the person to help contain the spread of Covid-19; the county said it was also working with the state.

“We are in communication with the individual and the NC Department of Health and Human Services to follow the next steps in our response plan for this kind of situation,” Health and Human Services Director David Stanley said. “All our efforts are being made with the utmost concern and care for the health and well-being of both this individual and the general public.”

The county said it would release only limited information about the patient to protect their privacy.

“The individual traveled to Louisiana, where they became symptomatic while there. This individual was still symptomatic on their return to Brunswick County and contacted a medical care provider to determine if a test should be taken. The individual agreed to self-isolation after taking the test and has remained at home since that time. There is one adult contact in the home who has been self-quarantining with the individual and neither has direct contact with children,” according to the county.

Stanley joined other local officials by urging residents to remain calm and follow health guidelines passed down from federal, state, and county agencies:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

Residents with general questions are encouraged to call the state hotline, operated by the Division of Public Health, at 1-866-462-3821. Nurses and pharmacists are available to answer questions, and the hotline is open 24/7.

Brunswick County also has a Public Health Call Line and email dedicated to coronavirus questions. At this time, the call line is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Questions submitted over the weekend will be handled by the next business day.

Brunswick County Public Health Call Line and Email Information

Residents can find information and receive updates from the County as they are issued a number of ways:

More information is also available on the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus, the NCDHHS’ website at www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus and on the County’s website at https://brunswickcountync.gov/coronavirus.

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