Coronavirus Updates

UPDATE: 2:00 PM, May 21, 2020

NC's Phase 2 Begins Friday

The State's "Safer At Home" Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions will take effect at 5:00 PM Friday (5/22).

After 2 weeks in Phase 1, the state’s overall key indicators remain stable but the continued increases in daily positive COVID-19 cases signal require a more modest step forward in Phase 2 than originally envisioned.

Under Phase 2, restaurant dining rooms, salons and barbers, and public pools will re-open at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements. Certain businesses, including fitness facilities, movie theaters, bowling alleys and bars, will remain closed. Mass gatherings will be limited to no more than 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

Teleworking is also urged when possible.

Read the full list of Phase 2 changes


UPDATE: 4:00 PM, May 19, 2020

Latest Update from Brunswick County

  • The County's Health Services department identified 3 more individuals Sunday who have tested positive for COVID-19

  • There are now 58 positive cases of COVID-19 among county residents:

    • 44 recovered

    • 11 isolating at home

    • 1 isolating at a hospital

    • 2 deaths

  • In addition, there are 10 cases among non-residents:

    • 5 recovered

    • 3 transferred monitoring to home county

    • 2 deaths

  • The NCDHHS update its guidance for clinicians on who should be tested for COVID-19

Read more about COVID-19 testing and screening sites in Brunswick County

View the full Brunswick County COVID-19 update 

 


UPDATE: 4:30 PM, May 18, 2020 

COVID-19 Testing Sites

If you think you have symptoms of coronavirus, it's best to call your primary care provider first, so health care staff can help determine if testing is needed and whether testing is available at their office. 

If your primary provider is not offering testing, the following have been designated as temporary COVID-19 testing and screening sites:

  • FastMed - 202 Village Rd. NE in Leland, (910) 782-3600

  • Novant Oceanside Family Medicine - 5145 Sellers Rd. in Shallotte, (910) 754-4441

  • Dosher Urgent Care - 4222 Long Beach Rd. SE in Southport, (910) 454-4732

  • Goshen Medical Center- 4654 Long Beach Rd. SE in Southport, (910) 457-0070

More information can be found on the coronavirus testing page of the Brunswick County Health Services website.


UPDATE: 11:00 AM, May 8, 2020

What You Need to Know About Phase 1 

The transition to Phase 1 of the state’s three-phase plan to lift COVID-19 restrictions will begin today (May 8) at 5:00 PM. The transition does not negate the Governor's Stay at Home order; a modified version of that order will be in place effective this evening.

The first phase will open some businesses closed by the state in late March but many businesses, including hair and nail salons, gyms, movie theaters and bowling alleys, will remain closed. Restaurants and bars remain open for take-out and delivery only. 

Brunswick County Public Utilities recommends that business/building owners flush the entire building, including all water-using appliances such as ice machines and dishwashers, before reopening. Flushing clears out the low-quality water that accumulates during low use and replaces it with higher quality water from the main water supply.

Teleworking will still be encouraged under Phase 1, and people should still limit travel as much as possible and discourage taking vacations or accepting house guests. Gatherings remain limited to 10 people. 

Some other notable changes under Phase 1 include:

  • Allowable capacity at retain businesses will increase from 20% to 50%

  • Child care centers will be open to all working parents (or those looking for work)

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 friends will be allowed

  • The reopening of all state parks and trails will be encouraged

Read the Governor's press release


UPDATE: 3:15 PM, May 4, 2020

N.C. Lawmakers Announce $1.6 Billion COVID-19 Relief Package

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has signed two COVID-19 relief bills into law to provide financial relief and accommodations, including an adjusted 2020-21 school calendar, to the state's businesses and residents. 

Senate Bill 704 and House Bill 1043 are being touted as a "bipartisan COVID-19 relief package" by N.C. leaders on both sides of the aisle. 

The House bill - the spending package - allocates federal funding from the CARES Act, including:

  • $50 million for personal protective equipment and sanitation supplies

  • $25 million for enhanced COVID-19 testing and tracing

  • $125 million in small business loans administered through the Golden LEAF Foundation

  • $50 million in health support for underserved communities 

  • $95 million to support North Carolina hospitals

  • $20 million to support local health departments and the State Health Lab 

  • $75 million for school nutrition programs

  • $70 million for summer learning programs 

  • $30 million for local schools to purchase computers and other devices for students

  • $6 million for food banks

  • $9 million for rural broadband 

  • $85 million for vaccine development, antibody testing, community testing, and other COVID-19-related research at Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, Campbell University, and Wake Forest University

Senate Bill 704 includes:

  • An extension of driver’s license and registration expiration deadlines

  • Waived interest on tax payments normally due in April

  • Modified end-of-grade testing requirements for public schools

  • An adjusted the 2020-21 K-12 public school calendar

  • An allowance for pharmacists to administer a COVID-19 vaccine once it is developed

 Read the full press release on N.C.'s COVID-19 relief package

 

 


UPDATE: 11:00 AM, May 4, 2020

N.C. Ramps Up Contract Tracing Efforts

North Carolina leaders are seeing increases in testing and also in contact tracing capabilities due to the recent launch of the Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative. The collaborative is a joint effort from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Community Care of N.C., and the N.C. Area Health Education Centers to assist local health departments in tracking the transmission of COVID-19.

Contact tracing is a method of assisting patients with COVID-19 in recalling everyone with whom they had close contact during the timeframe in which they were infectious. Public health staff then warn these exposed individuals (contacts) of their potential exposure as rapidly and sensitively as possible, and provide information and resources to understand their risks. Contacts of a positive COVID-19 case are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. 

Contract tracing is part of the CDC's multipronged approach to fighting the pandemic and falls within N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper's three-phase plan for reopening the state.

The Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative will allow for the hiring and training of up to 250 additional staff statewide, with special consideration given to those who are unemployed and/or have community engagement experience. Interested applicants should visit the Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative website. Trained contact tracing staff will then be deployed to areas where they are most needed. 

During a press conference on April 30, NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen said NCDHHS will be sharing information regarding the locations, by zip code, of positive cases and are pursuing ways to protect populations in smaller zip codes. Brunswick County Public Health will provide information concerning this announcement in the coming days but reminds individuals that zip codes only tell the location where a person with COVID-19 resides; this does not necessarily indicate that a person contracted the virus in that zip code.

Read Brunswick County's latest COVID-19 update


UPDATE: 4:30 PM, April 30, 2020

UNC Researchers Report Slowing of COVID-19 Spread in N.C. 

The following are highlights from recent findings from the Sheps Center for Health Services Research:

  • Recent trends indicate viral spread has slowed in North Carolina, as people have adhered to social distancing recommendations
  • Most localized outbreaks in North Carolina have occurred in work and residential settings (e.g., nursing homes, prisons, food processing facilities)
  • The health care system and workforce currently appear to have sufficient capacity available for COVID-19 hospital care
    • Expected hospital demand levels appear manageable at least over the next several weeks
    • May experience an increase in pressure on N.C.'s health care system as the state gradually lifts stay-at-home policies and mobility patterns and physical distancing practices change as a result
  • COVID-19 reported cases continue to rise. Although some of this increase can be attributed to the increase in testing volume and throughput, some is likely due to continued viral transmission.

Map showing coronavirus cases by state


UPDATE: 10:00 AM, April 28, 2020

Brunswick County COVID-19 Update

Here are the current numbers related to the coronavirus in Brunswick County:

  • 43 positive cases

    • 32 recovered cases

    • 9 isolating at 6 different homes 

    • 2 deaths 

  • 1,163 negative test results

  • 29 pending test results

  • Total tests = 1,235

In addition to the numbers above, there have been a total of 10 non-residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 while visiting Brunswick County. Five of those are considered recovered, three have transferred monitoring to their home county, and two have died from complications related to the coronavirus. 

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.

Read more Brunswick County updates and information about COVID-19


UPDATE: 4:15 PM, April 23, 2020

Governor Extends Stay-at-Home Order

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper announced today that he is extending his Stay-at-Home order through May 8. The extension, issued as Executive Order 135, means all businesses ordered to be closed under the Stay-at-Home Order must remain closed until May 8, including restaurant dining rooms, hair and nail salons, and fitness facilities. 

Although he acknowledged the difficult economic circumstances many are experiencing, he said his decision was based upon health data and guidance from the White House.

In order for N.C. to begin the process of reopening, Cooper said certain metrics must be met:

n order to begin lifting restrictions, North Carolina needs to see progress over a 14-day period in these key metrics:

  • Sustained leveling or decrease in COVID-like illness surveillance 

    • N.C. has seen a decrease over the last 14 days 

  • Sustained leveling or decrease in lab-confirmed cases 

    • N.C. has seen an increase over the last 14 days, but the increase coming is at a slower rate 

  • Sustained leveling or decrease in percentage of positive tests 

    • N.C's percentatge of positive tests over the last 14 days is increasing at a slow rate 

  • Sustained leveling or decrease in hospitalizations

    • N.C.’s trajectory of hospitalizations over the last 14 days is largely level, with a slight trend upward

Cooper also unveiled a three-phase plan for returning to normal once the above metrics and other related factors are met.

Read the full press release regarding the Stay-at-Home extension and reopening plan


UPDATE: 8:15 PM, April 21, 2020

 

Brunswick County Reports Fourth COVID-19 Related Death 

A second non-resident died from coronavirus complications today (April 21), according to Brunswick County officials. This most recent case brings the total death count from COVID-19 in Brunswick County to four. Two residents and another non-resident have died while in Brunswick County since early April. 

There are 8 cases involving non-residents who tested positive for COVID-19 while visiting Brunswick County. Those cases are not included in the County's COVID-19 data. 

Of those 8 positive non-resident cases:

  • 4 have recovered

  • 1 has transferred monitoring to his/her home county

  • 1 is isolating in the county

  • 2 have died

As of April 21, there are 38 positive cases of COVID-19 in the County.

Of those 38 positive resident cases:

  • 29 have recovered

  • 7 are isolating at home

  • 2 have died 

Read Brunswick County's full COVID-19 update


Update: 11:30 AM, April 21, 2020

Pandemic EBT Program Approved in NC

NC families currently receiving Food & Nutrition Services Benefits can expect to see additional assistance through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program in the coming weeks. P-EBTwill provide a $250 benefit - in two installments - on an EBT card to families whose children are eligible for free and reduced lunch at school. An additional benefit is possible if North Carolina schools are closed beyond May 15. 

Find out more information on the N.C. Department of Health & Human Services website.


UPDATE: 12:30 AM, April 21, 2020

Two More COVID-19 Cases Reported in Brunswick County

Brunswick County reported two new positive cases of coronavirus on April 20, bringing the total number of cases to 38. Of those 38, 29 have already recovered. Seven are currently isolating at home and two have died. 

There are eight cases involving non-residents who tested positive for COVID-19 while visiting Brunswick County. Four of those eight are considered to be recovered. One has transfered monitoring to his or her home county and another is isolating at home. One patient is currently at a hospital and one of the eight has died.

Read Brunswick County's update in its entirety


UPDATE: 11:00 AM, April 20, 2020

Latest COVID-19 Data

Here are the latest figures related to COVID-19 cases in Brunswick County, as well as throughout the state and U.S., as reported in Brunswick County Health and Human Services' April 20 briefing. More data is available through the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services website, as well as at CDC.gov

 

 


UPDATE: 11:00 AM, April 17, 2020

Another COVID-19 Case Reported for Brunswick County

From Brunswick County:

Brunswick County Public Health identified another positive case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Thursday, bringing the total number of positive cases among county residents to 36.

This newest case is related to travel exposure and is currently isolating at home. There is one other household contact who is also isolating. Public Health has completed contact tracing. There is no contact with children in Brunswick County.

To protect individual privacy, no further information will be released.

There are still nearly two weeks remaining on North Carolina’s Stay at Home order (Executive Order No. 121). The County continues to encourage all residents to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others.

Non-residents who might be visiting here are also urged to self-quarantine for 14 days to protect themselves and others from the virus if they potentially develop symptoms, especially if they traveled from any area in North Carolina, another state (including South Carolina) or another country that has widespread outbreak of the virus.

Following these rules and moderating your activity to only what is necessary is vital to making the stay at home order effective and to protect the health and safety of yourself and others. You should also contact your municipality or check their website or social media routinely to see if they have or will put additional restrictions in place.

More information is available on the Brunswick County website

 


UPDATE: 11:30 PM, April 15, 2020

Second Death of County Resident Reported

Brunswick County Public Health has reported the second death of a County resident due to COVID-19 complications. 

The individual, who passed away Wednesday, April 15, was considered at high risk for severe illness due to age (over 65) and some underlying medical conditions. The person was a contact of a previously reported positive case who had become symptomatic after returning from travel outside of Brunswick County. There is no known contact with children between either of these individuals.

The County reported the first resident to pass away on Friday, April 3. The death of a non-resident who was visiting Brunswick County and isolating within the County, passed away on April 10. That individual is not included in Brunswick County's COVID-19 case count

COVID-19 testing data (as of April 15):

  • 35 positive cases 

    • 17 male

    • 18 female

    • 29 recovered

    • 4 isolating at home

    • 2 deaths

  • 911 negative cases

  • 31 pending results

  • Total tests = 977 


UPDATE: 4:00 PM, April 15, 2020

Mental Health Resources during COVID-19

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has two new mental health resources to support residents throughout the state during the COVID-19 crisis.

Hope4NC Helpline - 1 (855) 587-3463

  • Connects North Carolinians to additional mental health and resilience supports that help them cope and build resilience during times of crisis

  • Served over 4,400 people in the most impacted counties during most recent hurricane efforts; is now available to everyone in N.C.

  • In partnership with all seven of the state’s LME/MCOs and REAL Crisis Intervention Inc. in Greenville

  • Available 24 hours per day, seven days a week to speak to a live person

Hope4Healers Helpline - (919) 226-2002 

  • Provides mental health and resilience supports for health care professionals, emergency medical specialists, first responders and other staff who work in health care settings, as well family members of these professionals 

  • In partnership with the N.C. Psychological Foundation.

  • Available 24 hours per day, seven days a week for people to reach out for support; they will be contacted quickly by a licensed mental health professional for follow-up 

Hope4Healers is also recruiting and onboarding additional licensed behavioral health professional volunteers to support this helpline. Volunteers must register though the NC Training, Exercise, and Response Management System (NC TERMS)


UPDATE: 12:00 PM, April 10, 2020

 

 Leland Town Council Meetings

The Council agenda meeting scheduled for April 13 and the special meeting of Council to discuss the FY 2020-21 budget have both been postponed. Town Council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:00 PM on Thursday, April 16 at Town Hall. The public is asked to watch the live stream of the meeting on YouTube rather than attend in person. Those wishing to make public comment may do so via the Town's online public comment form. Comments must be submitted by 10:00 AM on Thursday, April 16.

View and download the agenda for the April regular Council meeting


UPDATE: 11:15 PM, April 8, 2020

 

Update on Brunswick County COVID-19 Cases

As of April 8, there have been 850 COVID-19 tests administered.

Here is the breakdown of those test results:

  • 734 are negative

  • 29 are positive 

    • 16 male, 13 female

    • 18 of the 29 are considered recovered

    • 1 of the 29 is a death associated with the virus

  • 87 are pending 


UPDATE: 6:30 PM, April 7, 2020

Postponed: Free Cleanup Week

The free Cleanup Week at Brunswick County Landfill that was scheduled for Monday, April 13 - Friday, April 18 has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. For more information regarding the landfill's Cleanup Week, visit the Brunswick County Solid Waste & Recyling Department's webpage

 


UPDATE: 11:45 AM, April 7, 2020

Recent Data on Positive COVID-19 Cases


UPDATE: 11:35 PM, April 6, 2020

Information on Homemade Face Masks

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has posted a video on how to make your own face covering

The CDC issued the following guidance on the appropriate use of masks while social distancing in public settings, such as the grocery store:

How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering

Applying a face mask - step 1

Cloth face coverings should

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

  • be secured with ties or ear loops

  • include multiple layers of fabric

  • allow for breathing without restriction

  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

See the complete list of guidelines, as well as FAQs and a tutorial on making masks using a no-sew method

Please note that wearing a mask does not replace the primary precautions recommended by the CDC, including staying at home as much as possible, maintaining at least a 6-foot distance when around others, refraining from touching your face, and washing your hands frequently. Wearing a mask will not decrease your risk of contracting COVID-19 if you are not following those other guidelines routinely. 

 


UPDATE: 4:00 PM, April 6, 2020

Canceled: Council Agenda Meeting & Budget Meeting

The Leland Town Council agenda meeting scheduled for 1:00 PM on Monday, April 13, has been canceled. In addition, the special Council meeting regarding the FY 2020-21 budget on Monday, April 20, has been canceled. The Town will provide updates regarding reschedule dates as they become available. 


UPDATE: 2:00 PM, April 3, 2020

Brunswick County Reports First Death Related to COVID-19

Brunswick County Public Health is reporting the first novel coronavirus (COVID-19) associated death in Brunswick County today.

The individual passed away early this morning (Friday, April 3). The patient was considered a person at high risk for severe illness, as they were over the age of 65 and had some underlying medical conditions.

Because of this individual’s lack of travel history or known exposure, this individual potentially contracted the virus by community transmission. Public Health is working to conduct contact tracing to determine those who were in close contact with them. There is one household contact to this individual who is self-quarantining at home.

This individual was not one of the previously identified positive cases in the County. They had taken a test before passing away, which was confirmed as positive today following their passing.

To protect the families’ privacy, no further information about this patient will be released.

“The loss of a loved one is very difficult, and we offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to everyone who lost a family member or friend today with the passing of this individual,” Chairman Frank Williams said. “Our thoughts are with them and everyone who continues to fight and respond to this crisis in our county, state and nation.”

Public Health continues to work with our health and safety partners in the community to respond to the pandemic and is providing routine updates to the public on our efforts and important health guidance. More information and details from the County are available at brunswickcountync.gov/coronavirus

“We recognize that this is tough news for all of us to hear, especially those who have a higher risk for illness, who also have dear ones struggling with this virus or are actively responding to the pandemic,” Health and Human Services Director David Stanley said. “We continue to urge everyone to stay calm and to follow the stay at home order and other mandates our state, our county, and our municipalities have issued to protect one another from this disease.”


 UPDATE: 2:00 PM, April 3, 2020

Utilities to Remain Connected & Late Fees Suspended 

Effective March 31, 2020 under Executive Order 124, residential account disconnections for nonpayment are suspended, penalties for late payments on residential accounts will not be applied, services that were disconnected prior to March 31, 2020 will be reconnected during this order, and there will be an established payment plan option for residential accounts that become delinquent. Please contact (910) 332-5000 if you have any questions.


UPDATE: 3:30 PM, April 1, 2020

Brunswick County COVID-19 Update

Brunswick County has confirmed 6 additional positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 22 cases countywide. There have been 352 negative test results and 239 test results are pending. 

Other key points from the County's afternoon update:

  • As of April 1, there are 22 positive cases of COVID-19, 239 pending test results, and 352 confirmed negative test results in Brunswick County, totaling 613 tests administered so far.

  • Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 121 is now in effect: Stay at home unless you are visiting an essential service or operation (like visiting the grocery store, pharmacy, medical office, or work), exercising outdoors or helping a family member. The order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others.

  • The CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately. Travelers returning after domestic travel from areas with widespread community transmission, cruise ships, riverboats, or by air travel should also self-quarantine at home for 14 days after returning.

  • Brunswick County requires individuals to contact county departments via phone or email first and to schedule appointments for in-person visits at the Brunswick County Government Center, if necessary

  • The CDC now recommends that people with mild COVID-19 symptoms stay home and call their doctor for medical advice.

Read more coronavirus updates on Brunswick County's website 


UPDATE: 12:00 PM, April 1, 2020

Virtual Spring Market

The Leland Cultural Art Center's (LCAC's) annual Spring Art Market is going virtual this year!  Shop goods from all your favorite local artisans and craftsmen from the comfort of your own home. Stop by the LCAC social media pages on Saturday, May 2, where we will be sharing artists and their websites, Instagram, and Facebook pages all day long. Don’t miss out on unique accessories, home goods, fine art, and more! 

Visit the LCAC page of the Town website for links to the center's social media channels

Please note: All LCAC classes and workshops scheduled for April have been canceled. Please contact us at lcac@townofleland.com with any questions. The Jim Barone performance, "Elvis through the Years," scheduled for Friday, April 17, has been postponed. The LCAC will provide more information on a rescheduled date when it becomes available. 


UPDATE: 1:30 PM, March 31, 2020

 

Leland Event & Program Cancellations

The following is a comprehensive and updated list of scheduling changes for Leland Parks and Recreation Department events and programs. The Town will provide additional updates regarding postponed activities as they become available. 

Canceled:

  • Upcycle: Tin Can Creations, April 1
  • Night Hunt, April 9 
  • And Me Pajama Party, May 9

Postponed Indefinitely:

  • Egg Hunt, April 11 
  • Spring into DIY: Acrylic Paint Pouring, April 15
  • Plant Giveaway, April 18
  • Date Night in the Park, April 25
  • Container Gardening, April 25
  • Spring into DIY: Boho Bead Necklaces, April 29
  • Live at the Park: The Entertainers, April 30
  • Kayak Adventure: Three Sisters Swamp, May 3

UPDATE: 1:00 PM, March 29, 2020

Coronavirus Case Counts & Figures

As of March 28. there are 12 positive cases of coronavirus in Brunswick County. Additional figures and data related to the virus are highlighted below.

Brunswick County Test Results

Novel Coronavirus Test Reports in Brunswick County

 

Number of Test Samples Reported to the County

524

Pending Test Sample Results at the State Laboratory or Private Laboratories

303

Positive Test Results Reported to the County

12

Confirmed Negative Test Results Reported to the County

209

Local, State & Global Figures

(As of 11:00 AM on March 29)



UPDATE: 5:00 PM, March 27, 2020

NC Governor Issues Stay At Home Order: What You Need to Know

NC Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a 30-day Stay At Home order for the entire state effective at 5:00 PM on Monday, March 30.  Executive Order 121 orders North Carolinians to remain in their homes except for performing essential work and essential activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety purposes. It also restricts travel to essential activities only and limits mass gatherings to no more than 10.

Under the Stay At Home order, the following businesses and facilities are permitted to remain open:

  • Restaurants that provide take-out, drive-thru, or delivery

  • Grocery stores

  • ABC stores and beer and wine stores

  • Doctors and other healthcare providers

  • Pharmacies

  • Hardware stores

  • Post offices

  • Banks and financial institutions

  • Child care facilities meeting NC Department of Health and Human Services requirements

  • Office supply stores

  • Gas stations and convenience stores

  • Veterinarians and pet supply stores

  • Hotels, airlines, buses, taxis, and rideshare services

In addition, governments, places of worship, media outlets, home-based health care providers, and charitable organizations will be permitted to continue operations. 

Non-essential businesses that were closed to the public by March 25 under Gov. Cooper's earlier executive order must remain closed under the Stay At Home order.

Those businesses include:

  • Hair salons and barber shops

  • Nail salons

  • Day spas

  • Gyms and fitness facilities (including yoga and martial arts studios and indoor trampoline and rock-climbing facilities)

  • Movie theaters

  • Skating rinks

  • Bowling alleys

  • Live music venues

  • Indoor/outdoor pools

  • Gaming establishments (including bingo parlors and arcades)

Below is a list of frequently asked questions from the NC Office of the Governor regarding the shelter in place order.

Download the full list of FAQs regarding the NC Stay At Home order

 

What does "stay at home" mean?

It means that people should stay at their residence and limit social interactions and travel foressential activities or essential business purposes.


When will this order be lifted?

It is valid through April 29, 2020 but can be revised orextended.

 

Is this executive order mandatory, or is it just guidance?

Mandatory. All persons and other entities are required to comply if they do not fall within the exemptions that are specified in the order.

 

How will this executive order be enforced?

Gov. Cooper is seeking voluntary cooperation from all state residents and businesses to ensure the health and safety of our communities. If voluntary cooperation is not achieved, state and local law enforcement officers have the authority to enforce the order.

 

Can I leave my home to visit friends or family members?

Individuals may leave their homes to care for a family member or friend or to help their family member or friend get essential goods or receive necessary health care. Individuals should not visit with friends or family members if there is no urgent need.

 

What if I require medical attention?

Individuals may leave their homes to receive necessary medical care. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please follow guidance provided by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. If you have mild symptoms, stay home and call your doctor.

 

Can I leave my home to exercise?

People are encouraged to maintain healthy lifestyles, including outdoor recreational activity, such as walking pets and jogging. While exercising, individuals should maintain social distancing and continue to take protective measures to maintain their personal health and wellbeing.

 

Does this order prohibit outside group exercise?

As long as the group abides by the mass gatherings provision in the order (no more than 10 people) and maintains adequate social distancing, this activity is not prohibited, but it is strongly discouraged.

 

Can I take my kids to the park?

People may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas while following social distancing and mass gathering guidelines. Public playgrounds and their equipment are closed for use statewide.

 


UPDATE: 6:00 PM, March 26, 2020

What to Do if You Feel Sick

Here is a helpful informational sheet, in case you missed it, to determine what steps to take if you feel sick but aren't sure if you need to be tested for the coronavirus. 

VIew/download COVID-19 info sheet as PDF


UPDATE: 5:00 PM, March 26, 2020

Coronavirus Update: County Confirms 11th Case

  • As of March 26, there are 11 positive cases of COVID-19, 240 pending test results, and 155 confirmed negative test results in Brunswick County, totaling 406 administered tests so far

  • 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

  • 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.


UPDATE: 4:25 PM, March 26, 2020

County Parks Remain Open with Adjusted Restroom Hours 

From Brunswick County

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. 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.

 


UPDATE: 3:30 PM, March 26, 2020

Guidance on Travel & Self-Quarantine

From Brunswick County

Older adults and domestic travelers with underlying health issues are encouraged to stay home, avoid crowded places, and non-essential travel.

Travelers returning to Brunswick County after domestic travel from areas with widespread community transmission, cruise ships, riverboats, or by air travel should stay home for 14 days after returning. Take the following steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing for 14 days after you leave the affected area:

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever (temperature of 100.4 Fahrenheit or higher); watch for other symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath

  • Stay home and avoid contact with others; do not go to work or school during this 14-day period

  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares

  • Avoid crowded places and limit your activities in public

  • Stay six feet (about two arms lengths) away from others

NCDHHS’ guidance on travel 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.

 


UPDATE: 3:45 PM, March 25, 2020

Brunswick County Coronavirus Test Results & Updates

As of 10 AM, March 25, 2020 

Novel Coronavirus Test Reports in Brunswick County

 

Number of Test Samples Reported to the County

356

Pending Test Sample Results at the State Laboratory or Private Laboratories

216

Positive Test Results Reported to the County

10

Confirmed Negative Test Results Reported to the County

130

Older adults and domestic travelers with underlying health issues are encouraged to stay home, avoid crowded places, and non-essential travel.

Travelers returning to Brunswick County after domestic travel from areas with widespread community transmission, cruise ships, riverboats, or by air travel should stay home for 14 days after returning. Take the following steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing for 14 days after you leave the affected area:

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever (temperature of 100.4 Fahrenheit or higher); watch for other symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath

  • Stay home and avoid contact with others; do not go to work or school during this 14-day period

  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares

  • Avoid crowded places and limit your activities in public

  • Stay six feet (about two arms lengths) away from others

NCDHHS’ guidance on travel 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.


UPDATE: 10:40 AM, March 25, 2020

Golden LEAF Announces $15 M in Rapid Recovery Business Loans

The Golden LEAF Foundation announces $15 million in funding to launch a rapid recovery loan program in response to economic losses related to coronavirus (COVID-19). Golden LEAF funding will support the NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program by enabling loans to be made to eligible businesses for up to $50,000, with zero interest and no payments for six months. If not repaid in six months, the loan will automatically convert to a term loan.

The NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program is managed by the NC Rural Center, a statewide nonprofit that has been supporting small business owners for more than 30 years. The Rural Center will lead a broad coalition of nonprofit lending partners to directly assist small business owners. Participating Rapid Recovery organizations include Business Expansion Funding Corporation (BEFCOR), Carolina Small Business Development Fund, Mountain BizWorks, Natural Capital Investment Fund, and Thread Capital.

“The Golden LEAF Board of Directors is making funds available to help meet the immediate needs of businesses affected by the pandemic by building upon a model used following Hurricanes Matthew, Florence, and Dorian,” said Bo Biggs, Golden LEAF Board Chair. “This program is designed to assist businesses working to apply for a Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Loan or other commercial loan but that have more immediate needs for capital.”

The federal government has made Economic Injury Loans available through the Small Business Administration (SBA) in all 100 North Carolina counties. The NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program will complement the SBA by providing a bridge until businesses can access funding from the SBA.

“The Golden LEAF Foundation recognizes the critical role small-business owners play in our state’s economy,” said Scott T. Hamilton, President, Chief Executive Officer of the Golden LEAF Foundation. “The LEAF in Golden LEAF stands for Long-term Economic Advancement Foundation. Golden LEAF cannot let this pandemic cause irreparable economic damage to our state’s small businesses.”

Read the full press release from Golden LEAF

Small-business owners affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19) can learn more about the NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program and apply for a loan at ncrapidrecovery.org. To speak with someone about this program or other resources available to small businesses, contact BLNC at (800) 228-8443.

 


UPDATE: 5:30 PM, March 24, 2020

Brunswick County Issues State of Emergency

From Brunswick County:

Brunswick County Board of Commissioners Chairman Frank Williams has issued a state of emergency due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic effective at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

A copy of the declaration is on Brunswick County's website

The declaration covers unincorporated Brunswick County. Brunswick County Government offices remain open for normal business hours and public access to services is subject to reasonable restrictions as determined by the county manager with consultation of the health director to limit unnecessary in-person contacts.

It also restricts public access in accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order No. 117 as further amended by Executive Order No. 120 restricting mass gatherings of 50 people or more and states that the County will follow any future amendments from the governor concerning mass gatherings.

It does not include restrictions or prohibitions involving evacuations, curfews, alcohol or weapons.

“The COVID-19 virus is spreading rapidly throughout the nation and world, and I implore all Brunswick County residents to take it seriously,” Chairman Frank Williams said. “This is not a time to panic, but to finalize preparations and take appropriate precautions. As of today all known cases in Brunswick County are travel-related, and at this time there do not appear to be any cases of community spread in Brunswick County. Let’s do our part to keep it that way. This means practicing social distancing, adhering to the directives issued by our state officials and beach towns, and going the extra mile to protect ourselves and those around us. Even if you feel fine, you don’t want to be the one who shares this virus with someone who is more vulnerable. Let’s all exercise the personal responsibility and common sense to do our part to stop the spread of this virus and minimize the chance of community spread in Brunswick County.

“Additionally, given that all known COVID-19 cases in Brunswick County are travel-related, we strongly encourage residents to avoid non-essential travel outside the County and to refrain from inviting out-of-county guests to visit you. If you do travel and have prolonged exposure to others while traveling, we ask you to responsibly self-isolate for fourteen days upon return.”

If other measures become appropriate, this proclamation will be amended.

Brunswick County has prepared for the COVID-19 virus the past two months and has actively been working on response to the pandemic the past few weeks. The County opened a joint information center and initiated a partial activation of the emergency operations center Friday, March 13.

Brunswick County Government Offices remain open for business during normal business hours.


UPDATE: 11:40, March 24, 2020

Government Officials to Host Telephone Conference for Small Business Owners

State and federal officials are holding a Town Hall-style meeting via telephone at 6:00 PM tonight (March 24) for small business owners to share their needs and concerns and ask questions. The meeting will include US Rep. Mark Walker and representatives from the US Department of Labor, the NC Small Business Administration and the NC Small Business and Technology Center.

Read more about tonight's Telephone Town Hall for Small Business Owners

 


UPDATE: 6:10 PM, March 23, 2020

NC Governor Orders More Businesses to Close by Wednesday

Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order today that restricts gatherings of more than 50 and closes more businesses. The mass gathering restriction does not apply to office environments, child care centers, grocery stores, airports, or medical facilities.

Here is a list of businesses that must shut their doors by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, March 25:

  • Hair salons and barber shops

  • Nail salons

  • Day spas

  • Gyms and fitness facilities (including yoga and martial arts studios and indoor trampoline and rock-climbing facilities)

  • Movie theaters

  • Skating rinks

  • Bowling alleys

  • Live music venues

  • Indoor/outdoor pools

  • Gaming establishments (including bingo parlors and arcades)


UPDATE: 1:30, March 23, 2020

Governor Extends School Closures

Gov. Roy Cooper has just announced that N.C. schools will remain closed until at least May 15. The Town will provide additional information and updates as they become available. 

 


UPDATE: 10:50 AM, March 23, 2020

Canceled: Leland Planning Board Meeting 

In an effort to protect against the continued spread of the coronavirus, the Leland Planning Board meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 at 6:00 PM has been canceled. The next scheduled meeting is 6:00 PM on Tuesday, April 28. 

 


UPDATE: 11:40 PM, March 22, 2020

Changes to County & Town Operations 

Brunswick County has reported its seventh positive case of coronavirus. With the recent gradual increase in cases in the County, the Cape Fear region, and the state, Town and County officials have announced the following precautions, effective immediately.

Town of Leland:

  • Leland Town Hall will remain open to staff during regular business hours but public entry has been restricted. All meetings between staff and residents or the general public will now be conducted by phone or video conference only. The document and payment drop-off/pick-up site set up in the vestibule of Town Hall will remain open. Residents are encouraged to make any payments to the Town via the Town’s website but checks (only) may be deposited in the payment box across from the main entrance to Town Hall. There will be no disconnections at this time for non-payment of public utilities bills. Late fees will still apply.

  • Town officials have prohibited all uneccessary work-related travel for staff.

  • The Leland Police Department asks residents to call 911 for all emergency and non-emergency situations in which law enforcement may be needed. For all other requests, please call (910) 371-1100. Leland patrol officers will continue to operate as normal and are available to respond to requests for service. The Police Department will temporarily suspend fingerprinting and public ride-alongs. The department’s medicine disposal box will not be available at this time, and all public records requests for police reports will be handled via phone at (910) 371-1100 or email at police@townofleland.com.

  • Permitting and building inspections will continue to be conducted. But, to the extent possible, inspections staff will visit sites when no other individuals are there, conduct inspections in unoccupied areas of buildings, and practice social distancing when conducting inspections when other individuals are onsite. Updates and more information are available on the Planning & Inspections page of the Town website. The Planning and Inspections Department encourages individuals to submit permit applications via email at inspections@townofleland.com or by fax at (910) 971-1158.

  • As of Monday, March 16, all Parks and Recreation programs and activities have been indefinitely postponed.

  • As of Monday, March 16, the Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) is closed indefinitely to the public, and all LCAC events, classes and programs will be postponed indefinitely. Further information regarding cancellations, refunds and other related details will be available through the LCAC website.  

Brunswick County:


UPDATE: 6:30 PM, March 21, 2020

Novant to Open Coronavirus Clinic 

Novant Health announced today that it will open a dedicated screening center for COVID-19 at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, March 24. After Tuesday, the center, located at 13 Medical Campus Drive in Supply, will operate from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday. 

 

Residents still should refrain from being tested unless they are exhibiting syptoms of coronavirus. Novant offers an online self-assessment tool for coronavirus, as well as a 24/7 helpline - 1-877-9NOVANT - for patients who may be experiencing symptoms of coronavirus and do not have a primary care doctor. A coronavirus testing site will also open in Southport at Dosher Urgent Care on Monday, March 23. Additional public health information and resources are able on Brunswick County's website

 


UPDATE: 6:30 PM, March 21, 2020

Coronavirus Update from Brunswick County

  • There are 6 presumptive positive cases in Brunswick County. The County identified its fifth and sixth cases Saturday. Both new cases are travel-related but separate situations. Both cases were not symptomatic upon return and they are currently self-isolating at home.

  • The County has announced that some departments will require visitors to schedule an appointment to visit department offices beginning Monday, March 23.

  • The County continues to stresses the importance of social distancing - regardless of your age or how well you currently feel - to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

  • 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.


UPDATE: 9:00 AM, March 20, 2020

Consumer Alert from the N.C. Attorney General

Attorney General Josh Stein is urging North Carolinians to be on the lookout for scammers taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic. He has released the infographic below to help consumers better understand these scams.

Download the N.C. Attorney General's infographic on scams

"At a time when we should be focusing on taking necessary health precautions and staying safe, some bad actors are focusing on taking people's hard-earned money," Attorney General Stein said. "I want North Carolinians to protect their health and their wallets."

If you believe you have been a victim of a scam or want to report an attempted scam, call the N.C. Attorney General's office at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or visit nc.doj.gov/complaint

Infographic about coronavirus scams

 


UPDATE: 1 p.m., March 18, 2020

Changes to N.C. Unemployment Benefit Requirements

On Tuesday, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper announced that the state would waive the typical unemployment benefit requirements have been waived for restaurant workers and all others who may be impacted by coronavirus-related layoffs. Here are the major changes:

Snapshot of news article

Snapshot courtesy of WCNC in Charlotte, N.C.

 


UPDATE: 5 p.m., March 17, 2020

Town Takes Precautions Against Spread of COVID-19

In an effort to embrace social distancing best practices and follow the guidelines provided the Federal government, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper and the CDC, the Town is enacting the following restrictions, effective immediately:

  1. Leland Town Hall will modify its regular operations by restricting public entry. Staff will be available for assistance, but individuals are strongly encouraged against walk-ins. Any business that can be conducted via email, phone or fax should be done so. Individuals who need to come to Town Hall should call ahead to the direct line of the person with whom they need to speak and, if needed, may enter the Town Hall vestibule, where a phone and extension list to the Planning and Inspection, Utilities and Police departments will be provided. The vestibule will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  2. The Leland Police Department asks that residents continue to call 911 for all emergency and non-emergency situations in which law enforcement may be needed. For all other requests, please call (910) 371-1100. Leland patrol officers will continue to operate as normal and are available to respond to requests for service. The Police Department will temporarily suspend fingerprinting and public ride-alongs. The department’s medicine disposal box will not be available at this time, and all public records requests for police reports will be handled via phone at (910) 371-1100 or email at police@townofleland.com.

  3. Residents are encouraged to make any payments to the Town via the Town’s website but checks (only) may be deposited in the payment box across from the main entrance to Town Hall.

  4. Permitting and building inspections will continue to be conducted. Updates and more information is available on the Planning & Inspections page of the Town website. The Planning and Inspections Department encourages individuals to submit permit applications via email at inspections@townofleland.com or by fax at (910) 971-1158.

  5. There will be no disconnections at this time for non-payment of public utilities bills. Late fees will still apply.

  6. Leland Fire Stations are closed to the public. Burn permits are available online. For emergencies, call 911.

  7. The Leland Town Council meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in Council’s Chambers at Town Hall, will be held as scheduled. The meeting is open to the public; staff will monitor attendance and limit crowds through use of an overflow room, if needed. Residents are encouraged to watch a live stream of the meeting on YouTube instead of attending in person.

  8. public comment form is available on the Town website for residents who would like to speak at the upcoming Council meeting but prefer not to attend a public gathering. Additionally, an online form for comments related to several scheduled public hearings is available online. A synopsis of comments made online will be recorded in the meeting minutes.

  9. The Leland Tourism Development Authority meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, will be held as scheduled at Town Hall. Staff will monitor attendance and provide an overflow room, if needed.

  10. As of Monday, March 16, all Parks and Recreation programs and activities have been indefinitely postponed.

  11. As of Monday, March 16, the Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) is closed indefinitely to the public, and all LCAC events, classes and programs will be postponed indefinitely. Further information regarding cancellations, refunds and other related details will be forthcoming on the LCAC website

 


UPDATE: 4 p.m., March 13, 2020

Coronavirus Updates from the Town

The Town is monitoring the spread of coronavirus and has issued a special newsletter that includes the latest updates from local and state officials, as well as closures, tips and other resources. 

Read Coronavirus Updates from the Town of Leland