COVID-19 Update

Key Information:  

  • Phase 2 to last until at least August 7, 2020 – a new Executive Order regarding hours for the sale of alcohol will be in effect Friday
  • Current case numbers for Brunswick County

Non-COVID-19 Related:

  • Delays on cell tower construction continue
  • Village & County are keeping an eye on the storm headed toward Florida, please evaluate your personal readiness now

NC will be in Phase 2 into August – North Carolina remains under the Phase 2 extension and will be in this phase until at least August 7, 2020. Under this phase, folks are encouraged to stay at home, especially vulnerable populations. Per the Governor’s Phase 2 Executive Order most folks must wear face coverings/masks in indoor and outdoor public places where social distancing is not possible. This week, the Governor announced that he will be signing an additional Executive Order prohibiting the sale of alcohol between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. in establishments that are selling it for onsite consumption. This order will go into effect at 11:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020. FAQs for this order can be found HERE. The Village strongly recommends that folks continue to practice the 3 W’s while in public and to be courteous to others. 

Current Case Numbers for Brunswick County – As of July 29, there are 1,121 positive cases of COVID-19 among Brunswick County residents. Of the positive cases, 837 are considered recovered, 259 are isolating at 214 different homes, twelve are isolating at a hospital, and thirteen are deaths associated to COVID-19.

There are 16 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. Nine of the cases are considered recovered, none of the cases are currently isolating at home or in a hospital. The County has transferred monitoring for three cases to the individuals’ home counties, and two are deaths associated to COVID-19.

Non-COVID-19 Related

Cell Tower Update – After a few delays, Crown Castle was expected to resume work on the tower the week of July 20 and was expected to complete construction by the end of that week, unfortunately, the project has been delayed again due to an unknown impediment preventing the driving of the pile all the way down.

Please note, that installation of the service provider equipment (AT&T, US Cellular, Verizon) will be phased over from the old tower to the new one in late summer/early fall once the island’s population is reduced. The Village will post updates HERE as they become available.

Cell Tower Site (Photo by John Parker, Public Works)

Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine – The Village and Brunswick County officials are monitoring the progress of a storm which is being referred to as “Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine.” This disturbance is currently bringing heavy rainfall and gusty winds to the Leeward Islands, the U.S. British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. It is still too early to determine if the Carolinas will receive any impacts. Brunswick County announced today that it has finalized its plans for storm shelters for this season and will be publicizing these plans soon.They are recommending that folks make plans to shelter in locations other than the public shelters because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For information on how you can prepare for the next storm, including a resource on how to prepare during COVID-19, go to the Village’s webpage HERE