The City of Southport

Coronavirus Disease 2019, COVID-19 Information and Updates

The City of Southport is making plans to keep its citizens as safe as possible.  Please heed their advice and use the precautions that are recommended.

Please click here for a list of announced closings and cancellations

City of Southport COVID-19 Information and Updates

Joseph P. Hatem, MD, MPH
Medical Director Dosher Emergency Department
UNC School of Public Health Master Degree
Mayor City of Southport

March 30, 2020 –  A message from City of Southport Chief of Police, Todd Coring

March 27, 2020 – Governor Cooper has issued a stay at home order, beginning Monday, March 30, 2020.  Read the complete unabridged order. Executive Order No. 121

March 26, 2020 –  Transcript of Mayor’s remarks

March 24, 2020 – City of Southport amends the PROCLAMATION BY MAYOR DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE CITY OF SOUTHPORT   Read the revised Proclamation

March 21, 2020 – City of Southport updates the PROCLAMATION BY MAYOR DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE CITY OF SOUTHPORT PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 6 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES – Read the Revised Proclamation

March 20, 2020 – City of Southport Declares a State of Emergency

Mayor Joseph P. Hatem MD, MPH has declared a State of Emergency for the City of Southport in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Southport Board of Aldermen have given the Mayor their unanimous support as noted by the vote at the special called board meeting yesterday. A Resolution Setting Forth and Establishing Protocols for the City of Southport and Its Employees due to the COVID-19 Pandemic was adopted yesterday and covers many of the needed public health measures to protect the employees, citizens, and residents of the City of Southport. The entire resolution can be found on the city website.

This Emergency Declaration demonstrates to the citizens of Southport, that city government is aware of the need to institute measures that would not be afforded unless this Declaration was enacted. This is done to protect our city in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic as the number of cases continue to rise and community spread will occur. We want to place rational prohibitions and restrictions that will limit exposure and mitigate spread. Southport has an at risk older population and all hospitals are working with limited resources. This is why decreasing exposure, by removing dining in at our restaurants, canceling events, not allowing group interaction such as tours, and recommending staying at home except for work, essential shopping including take out from our restaurants, medical care, or a walk with social distancing. Again, practice social distancing, good hand washing, cleaning surfaces, if you are sick with fever, cough, short of breath, call your doctor or clinic for instructions.

As we continue to face this “Invisible Hurricane” I want to assure every citizen that we are following guidelines from local, state and federal agencies and are in close contact with Brunswick County Public Health Officials and Emergency Management. We are a very social city and have enjoyed displaying our Southern Hospitality, but not in the age of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

A PROCLAMATION DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE CITY OF SOUTHPORT IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

March 19, 2020 –  City of Southport Special Emergency Meeting

RESOLUTION SETTING FORTH AND ESTABLISHING PROTOCOLS FOR THE CITY OF SOUTHPORT AND ITS’ EMPLOYEES DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

City of Southport Special BOA Meeting

Posted by City of Southport NC on Thursday, March 19, 2020

March 16, 2020 – Mayor Hatem MD, MPH discusses the city’s readiness plan as well as the role that each member of the community can play in the mitigation of the COVID-19 virus.

March 13, 2020 – Fact Sheet

Coronavirus Disease 2019 COVID -19—A Highly Communicable Respiratory Disease. Origin, a food market in Wuhan, China –December 2019.  Zoonotic—transmitted from animals to humans—Bats, Snakes, Pangolins—scaly anteaters.

Novel Coronavirus causative agent SARS-CoV-2   –In the viral family of SARS, this is the fifth Coronavirus—the common cold is one of these viruses.

Symptoms:   Fever, Cough, and Shortness of Breath –this is a respiratory illness   pneumonia is the severity clinical issue.  Some patients may have mild symptoms or no symptoms.  Presentation can be similar to Influenza.

At Risk Population:  Age—60 years old and above

Chronic Medical Conditions:  Patients with:

  • COPD/Asthma and other Lung Diseases
  • Diabetes—Immune and Obesity issues
  • Smoking Cigarettes —Chinese Men have a higher mortality rate than Chinese Women—more men smoke than women
  • CAD—Heart Disease including Heart Failure—Circulation and other ancillary conditions associated with this. The respiratory illness places an increased work load on the heart.
  • Immunocompromised Patients:  bone marrow diseases, active chemotherapy, transplant patients

Harvard Epidemiology Professor—Marc Lipsitch:  “I think the likely outcome is that it will ultimately not be containable.”   February 24, 2020   Lipsitch  predicts that within the coming year—40 to 70 percent of people around the world will be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.  Many will have mild cases.

Data: COVID-19   US cases 1,339   Fatal 38

Global 129,304      Fatal 4,752

NC Cases 14     Announced by Dr. Elizabeth Tilson State Health Director and CMO for the Department of Health and Human Services.  All patients at home and doing well.  Gov. Roy Cooper – declared a state of emergency–the state to receive $13,829,514 from the CDC.  The state has 250 test kits and has requested more.

Influenza 2019—2020

CDC Estimates:  34,000,000—49,000,000 Million Flu Illnesses

Flu Medical Visits:  16 million to 23 million

Flu Hospitalizations:  350,000—620,000

Flu Deaths 20,000—52,000

Mortality Rate: 0.1%

Mortality Rate for COVID-19 estimated by Dr. Anthony Fauci—Director NIH is 1%. Therefore ten times the mortality rate for influenza.

Testing:  Symptomatic patients who are negative for Flu Test and therefore have unexplained fever, cough or shortness of breath.   Patients without symptoms should not be tested.

Patients who have a significant travel history –Italy—Cruise Ship etc. or who have been in contact with a person who is positive for the disease.

Dosher Clinics have test capability. CALL FIRST.   It requires a nasal swab and an oropharyngeal swab, both placed in the same vial medium.   Quest and LabCorps have test kits for clinical use.  Testing can also be sent to the state lab.

Public Health Principles to be followed in the protection of our citizens during this pandemic—worldwide spread of a new disease based on geographic spread, severity of illness, and effects on society—which was declared by WHO general director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus—March 11—“ WHO ..is deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction.”        IT IS IMPORTANT FOR SOUTHPORT AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES TO PUT INTO PRACITCE PUBLIC HEALTH PRINCIPLES—DETECTION, TESTING, CONTACT TRACING,ISOLATE, QUARANTINE, MITIGATION, SOCIAL DISTANCING AND CONTAINMENT in conjunction with county, state , and federal public health agencies.

Mitigation: ELIMINATE GATHERING OF LARGE CROWDS.

UNC President Dr William Roper has declared that in person classes will end by March 20th.

Duke and many other universities have declared similar mandate.

UNC Medical conference this week was converted to a webinar.

NBA suspends season.

Many businesses have employees working from home.

March Madness—college basketball—-minimal attendance—not open to the public, initially and now canceled.    Other sports—baseball, hockey, soccer, events canceled.

Southport—All large events/venues cancelled, until further notice.

Churches—Consider your risk before attending

IF YOU ARE SICK, STAY AT HOME. CALL YOUR DOCTOR’S OFFICE OR ONE OF THE NUMBERS LISTED BELOW.  IF AT A LEVEL OF SEVERITY, SEEK MEDICAL CARE BUT CALL FIRST—–YOUR CLINIC/DOCTOR’S OFFICE, TO 911, OR BRUNSWICK COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT 910-253-2250

NC DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH 1-866-462-3821    CDC 1-800-232-4636    THESE LINES ARE OPEN 24/7

There are websites: cdc.gov     ncdhhs.gov   brunswickcountync.gov with information on COVID-19.

MITIGATION CONTINUED:  GOOD HYGIENE AS IN ANY FLU SEASON—HAND WASHING    HOT WATER / ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP FOR 20 SECONSD.   HAND SANITIZER.  STAY OUT OF CROWDS.  KEEP YOUR DROPLETS TO YOURSELF—ESPECIALLY DURING A COUGH.  IF YOU ARE SICK –STAY AT HOME. QUARANTINE YOUSELF. SOCIAL DISTANCING!  WE HAVE AN OLDER DEMOGRAPHIC POPULATION—WE MUST DO ALL THAT WE CAN TO CONTAIN, MITIGATE AND PROTECT OUR CITIZENS AS WELL AS PROTECT THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS.

DOSHER HOSPITAL HAS MADE PREPERATIONS AND IS IN CONTACT WITH SOUTPORT CITY GOVERNMENT, BRUNSWICK COUNTY GOVERNMENT/HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IS A PUBLIC HEALTH, MEDICAL, SOCIETAL, ECONOMIC, AND SPIRITUAL CHALLENGE.  WE WILL RISE TO THE OCCASION AND MOVE FORWARD. OUR CITIZENS HAVE THE RESOLVE AND OUR CITY IS PREPARED.

February 28, 2020 – A potential global pandemic of the Coronavirus is a public health challenge for many countries that have cases of this novel viral illness, and it is a call for all countries to enact public health measures of prevention, education, identification, quarantine, containment and contact tracing, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Mayor Joseph P. Hatem, MD, MPH asserts, “The City of Southport recognizes the possibility of the spread of contagious diseases and has been at the forefront of these efforts since the days of the U.S. Quarantine Station that was located in the Cape Fear River, off of our shore, and Dr. J. Arthur Dosher was the Quarantine Officer from 1918 until 1937.”

As of February 27, 2020, there are fifty cases in the United States, and none identified in North Carolina. World-wide there have been more than 81,000 cases reported.

The Mayor affirms, “It is important for the citizens of our community to not be alarmed but to be aware and informed and to know that the city is involved in promoting and protecting the health of its people.”

Southport City Government is making preparations now for any potential cases of COVID-19 in close cooperation with county, state, and federal public health officials as well as with Dosher Memorial Hospital.

Brunswick County Updates

If you believe you might have come into contact with someone who was diagnosed with coronavirus, here is how you can determine your risk for contracting the virus:
No Risk: Briefly walking by a person who tested positive for COVID-19 and was not experiencing symptoms
Low Risk: Being in the same room as a person who tested positive for COVID-19, had symptoms and you were within six feet
Medium Risk: Sustained close contact (10 minutes or longer) within six feet of a person with COVID-19 while they had symptoms
High Risk: Close household contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19

Brunswick County Public Health Call Line and Email Information (Available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.): Phone: 910-253-2339 or Email: coronavirus@brunswickcountync.gov
NC Public Health Call Line (Open 24/7): 1-866-462-3821

March 31,2020 – CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS UPDATE BRUNSWICKCOUNTYNC.GOV/ALERT-TICKER/INFORMATION-ON-CORONAVIRUS/

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 121 GOES INTO EFFECT MONDAY, MARCH 30 AT 5 P.M. THROUGH WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 121

Key Points

  • As of March 31, there are 16 positive cases of COVID-19, 296 pending test results, and 264 confirmed negative test results in Brunswick County, totaling 576 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.
  • Brunswick County Emergency Services is now accepting PPE donations.
  • 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 if necessary.
  • The CDC now recommends people with mild COVID-19 symptoms stay home and call their doctor for medical advice.

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

March 30, 2020 – Key Points:

  • As of March 30, there are 14 positive cases of COVID-19, 301 pending test results, and 247 confirmed negative test results in Brunswick County, totaling 562 tests administered so far.
  • Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 121 takes effect today, Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. It 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    March 29, 2020 – 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.

    March 28, 2020 –  Key Points:

    • As of March 28, there are 12 positive cases of COVID-19, 303 pending test results, and 209 confirmed negative test results in Brunswick County, totaling 524 administered tests so far
    • Governor Roy Cooper ordered people in the state of North Carolina to stay at home for thirty days, until April 29, 2020, in another step to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 121 takes effect on Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. and reduces the size of gatherings to 10 people. The Order provides for essential businesses to continue to operate while prioritizing social distancing measures. The Order has the force of law and will be enforced in all 100 counties statewide.
    • 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)
    • 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.

    March 27, 2020 – Key points:

    • As of March 27, there are 12 positive cases of COVID-19, 296 pending test results, and 170 confirmed negative test results in Brunswick County, totaling 478 administered tests so far
    • 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)
    • 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.

    March 26, 2020 – Key points:

    • 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.
    • Download: COVID-19: What to Do If You Feel Sick (PDF)

    March 25, 2020 – Key Points:

    • As of March 25, there are 10 positive cases and 216 pending test sample results in Brunswick County
    • 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
    • All Brunswick County parks remain open to the public at their regularly scheduled hours; restrooms will only be open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Thursday, March 26 to allow for our advanced disinfection/sterilization protocol
    • Brunswick County is under a state of emergency as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 24
    • 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.
    • Download: COVID-19: What to Do If You Feel Sick (PDF)

    March 24, 2020 – BRUNSWICK COUNTY DECLARES A STATE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO COVID-19

    Brunswick County Public Health Call Line and Email Information

    Phone: 1.910.253.2339
    Email: coronavirus@brunswickcountync.gov
    Residents with general questions can also call the NC Division of Public Health Coronavirus Call Line 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 1-866-462-3821.

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

    Brunswick County website: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/news/
    Sign up for email updates on emergency situation news releases: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/info/email/
    Social media: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/info/social/
    Emergency alert notifications (phone calls, text, and/or emails): https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/7BC24EDE14D3
    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.

    For media inquiries, contact the Public Information Officer at 910.253.2995 or email meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov

    BRUNSWICK COUNTY PHONE AND ONLINE RESOURCES
    The County has information and resources for individuals and businesses that need assistance now online:

    Community Assistance: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/emergency/covid-19-community-assistance/
    Business Resources: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/health/coronavirus/businessresources/
    Brunswick County offers some in-person services in online formats or over the phone. You are encouraged to reach out to us to see if there are opportunities to assist you with your county-related needs over the next few weeks. A few links and contact information to some of our departments that often have in-person visitors are below. Please reach out us to see how we might be able to assist you via virtual means.

    Main County Phone: 910.253.2000 / 800.442.7033 / https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/

    Utility Billing

    Pay your water and sewer bill online at https://brunswick.authoritypay.com/
    How to pay your capital recover fees, tap and meter fees online: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/utilities/utility-billing/pay-fees/
    Contact Information: 910.253.2657, option 2 / utilitybilling@brunswickcountync.gov
    Code Administration

    Code Administration is operating on normal schedules for field inspections and processing of permit applications. We encourage you to use the webpage for submitting applications and corresponding with CP tech by phone: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/code-administration/permits/
    Any changes to our processes will be posted by 4 p.m. for future business day operations at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/code-administration/
    Contact Information: 910.253.2021 / eplans@brunswickcountync.gov
    Environmental Health

    Contact Information: 910.253.2150 / env-health@brunswickcountync.gov
    Health Services

    Contact Information: 910.253.2250 / 888.428.4429 / health@brunswickcountync.gov
    Library System

    Library System main webpage: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/library/
    Harper Library (Southport): 457.6237 / heather.donnell@brunswickcountync.gov
    Rourk Library (Shallotte): 754.6578 / lois.carroll@brunswickcountync.gov
    Leland Library: 371.9442 / nathan.phillips@brunswickcountync.gov
    Barbee Library (Oak Island): 278.4283 / erika.dosher@brunswickcountync.gov
    Southwest Brunswick Branch Library (Carolina Shores): 575.0173 / christi.iffergan@brunswickcountync.gov
    Register of Deeds

    Record searches and vital records certified copy requests are available online at http://brunswick-live.inttek.net/
    Electronic recording is available through Internet Technologies, Inc. at https://erecording.inttek.net
    Contact Information: 253.2690 / Toll-free: 877.625.9310 / rod@brunswickcountync.gov
    Social Services

    Contact Information: 910.253.2077 / dss@brunswickcountync.gov
    Please do not email reports of abuse or neglect.
    If you need to make a CPS or APS report, please call 910.253.2077 during business hours. After Hours call 9-1-1 and ask to speak to the on call social worker.
    Tax Office

    Property record cards and collections information: https://tax.brunsco.net/itsnet/
    Tax payment options: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/tax-office/payment/
    Contact Information: 910.253.2829 / 800.527.9001 / taxadmin@brunswickcountync.gov
    Veterans Services

    Contact Information: 910.253.2233

    Here are some other health tips to follow to prevent the spread of illnesses:

    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.