BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Health Services is reporting the death of a county resident associated to the novel coronavirus Monday.
The person was over the age of 65 and had been hospitalized due to complications from the virus when they passed away, the county says.
This is now the third resident to pass away in June with a death related to COVID-19.
From June 2 and June 28, the county says the number of positive cases identified has increased by 326 percent.
The number of resident cases in the hospital has also increased over the past few weeks, with seven residents currently hospitalized.
The number of cases hospitalized statewide is one of the factors influencing the Governor’s decisions concerning the phased lifting of restrictions. The Governor recently had to extend the state’s Safer at Home Phase 2 through to July 17 due to increasing trends in the trajectory of COVID-like illnesses, lab-confirmed cases, percent of positive tests, and hospitalizations in a 14-day period across North Carolina.
“Staying home as often as possible is still the best defense from contracting the virus, no matter what age you are or how healthy you feel,” Health Services Director Cris Harrelson said. “We anticipate seeing our case counts continue to rise into July due to increased activity in public places and the likelihood that social gatherings and traveling will take place over the Independence Day weekend and into the rest of summer.”
This is the fifth Brunswick County resident to pass away with a death associated to COVID-19. The county reported the first resident to pass away April 3, the second resident April 15, the third resident June 1, and the fourth resident June 27.
Two non-residents who tested positive while visiting the county have also had deaths related to the virus.
As of Monday, these are the latest cases and deaths reported by NCDHHS in other Cape Fear counties:
New Hanover: 840 cases, 5 deaths
Pender: 243 cases, 1 death
Bladen: 366 cases, 3 deaths
Columbus: 517 cases, 38 deaths
NCDHHS encourages everyone to follow the three Ws when visiting any public area. These efforts work best when they are all practiced together by as many people as possible:
- Wear a cloth face covering when in public (Make sure both your nose and mouth are fully covered and you are able to breathe normally while wearing it.)
- Wait six feet apart to avoid close contact and maintain appropriate social distancing between yourself and others
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer while also following other best hygiene practices