Brunswick County sees 16% increase in positive cases of COVID-19

Growing concern as COVID-19 cases in Brunswick County triple

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - Like much of the state and country, Brunswick County is experiencing a spike in cases of COVID-19.

Since the beginning of October, the number of active cases has tripled.

On October 1, there were 116 active cases.

As of October 28, that number is over 400, which is the highest since July.

“I’m very concerned," said Health Director Cris Harrelson. "At the height of the summer we had quite a few cases and we are matching the cases we saw back in the summer...and I am very concerned at this point.”

There have been more than 500 new cases identified this month, for a total of over 2,200 since the pandemic began.

This month, 19 people have died in Brunswick County of COVID-19 related causes, marking 46 total.

The news isn’t all bad—one very important metric is the percentage of positive test results. That number is 5.7%. Harrelson says the goal is to get that number to 5% or below.

Still, Harrelson says there has been a 16% spike in new cases over the past two weeks.

“Our contact tracers have seen several exposures occurring within households, workplaces and church events such as weddings, funeral, bible studies and Sunday religious services,” he said.

Harrelson urges you to continue practicing the three W’s. Wash your hands, wear a face covering and wait six feet apart from other people.

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