Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. (Source: CDC)
Residents with general questions can call the statewide Coronavirus Helpline, answered 24 hours a day/7 days a week: 1-866-462-3821. The line, which was established by the NC Division of Public Health, is staffed by North Carolina Poison Control’s nurses and pharmacists who are backed by clinical and medical toxicologists and who have been trained in responding with up-to-date information to a host of questions about coronavirus.
More information can also be found on the CDC and NCDHHS websites.
Preventing the Spread of Germs
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Practice everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- 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% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.
People at High Risk
Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
- Older adults
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:
- Stock up on supplies
- Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often
- Avoid crowds as much as possible
- If a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community, stay home as much as possible
BOLIVIA, N.C. – The Brunswick County Health and Human Services team is working on proactive measures to prepare our communities from potential impacts from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“Brunswick County recently met with several of our local government, public safety, and health care professionals to discuss the current state of the novel coronavirus in our nation and what steps we are taking in the event of a confirmed case in our area,” Health and Human Services Director David Stanley said. “While there has not been a confirmed case in Brunswick County at this time, we have been proactively monitoring and preparing for this virus the past two months to best protect our residents and be ready to inform them in the event of a positive case.”
As of March 3, 2020, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Brunswick County. Governor Roy Cooper and state officials announced during a 3:30 p.m. media briefing Tuesday that one individual had tested positive for COVID-19 in Wake County after they traveled to the State of Washington and were exposed at a long-term care facility where there is currently a COVID-19 outbreak. This individual is reported to be doing well and is in isolation at home. The NC State Laboratory for Public Health tested this individual for the virus and the case was sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation.
This was an isolated case and COVID-19 is still considered a low threat at this time. Individuals with specific questions about COVID-19 are encouraged to call the Public Health Call Line at 1-866-462-3821.
The County has also compiled the latest information from federal and state partners on COVID-19 at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/health/coronavirus/
Daisy L. Ivey
Town Administrator/Finance Officer
Town of Ocean Isle Beach
3 W Third Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
PH: 910-579-2166 Fax: 910-579-5529