The City of Southport

Coronavirus Disease, 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.

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

November 25, 2020 – The City of Southport will follow the Governor’s Executive Order 180 regarding facial coverings.

November 10, 2020 – Community Update with Mayor J.P. Hatem, MD, MPH

Transcript of Mayors remarks

October 6, 2020 – Community Update with Mayor J.P. Hatem, MD, MPH

Transcript of Mayor’s remarks.

September 10, 2020 – Community Update with Mayor J.P. Hatem, MD, MPH

Transcript of the Mayor’s Remarks

July 10, 2020 – Mayor Hatem offers a COVID-19 update.

View transcript of Mayor’s remarks.

June 22, 2020 – Mayor Hatem discusses the revision to the current Emergency Proclamation, which goes into effect as of 5:00 pm on June 22, 2020. 

Video Transcript

June 16, 2020 –Community Update from Mayor Joseph P. Hatem, MD, MPH

Transcript of Mayor’s video.

May 22, 2020 – Community Update from Mayor Joseph P. Hatem, MD, MPH

Transcript of Mayor’s video.

May 8, 2020 – Community Update with Mayor Joseph P. Hatem, MD, MPH

May 4, 2020 – Revised Emergency Order by Mayor Hatem. 

The City of Southport HEREBY revises its previous Emergency Order and agree to not issue additional restrictions beyond what is required in the Governor’s Stay at Home Order Executive Order No. 131 – Governor Roy Cooper – NC.gov, which is now in effect through Friday, May 8. Effective immediately, Southport shall mirror North Carolina’s three-phase approach to lifting statewide restrictions which follows the guidance of President Donald Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR BUSINESS?

Only businesses who have been designated as essential by the NC Department of Revenue may open. Guidance is given in Governor Cooper’s Executive Order (EO 131.Sections 1 thru 2) mandating minimum safeguards to maintain social distancing and regulate occupancy.

This 4 day of May 2020

Mayor Joe Pat Hatem

April 28, 2020 – Mayor Joseph P. Hatem MD MPH provides an update with clarity on Governor Cooper’s orders as they pertain to Southport. He also discusses the new City of Southport Emergency Declaration Addendum, Third Revision.

View the Mayor’s Transcript

April 28, 2020 – City of Southport Emergency Declaration Addendum

Concerning the recent opening of businesses that have not been determined essential under Executive Order 121, and have applied for and received a letter from North Carolina Department of Revenue, there may be some ambiguity and as Mayor, I am clarifying this issue.

The letter states: “The Department has received your request for designation as an essential business for the purposes of Executive Order No. 121 issued by the Governor of North Carolina.  After carefully reviewing your application, the Department has determined that your business does not qualify to be designated essential under Sections 2(C)(2)-(30) of the Executive Order.” (The next sentence in the letter creates the ambiguity): “However, your business may continue to operate so long as it can operate in accordance with the following Social Distancing Requirements in Executive Order No. 121:

The last paragraph, in the letter, which will clear up any doubt as to why businesses determined not essential under Executive Order 121 should remain closed:  “This letter solely addresses whether your business qualifies to continue operating under Executive Order 121. Under the Executive Order, local governments are authorized to establish more restrictive standards governing the operation of businesses during this public health emergency.”

Therefore, all businesses to be determined not essential by the Governor’s Executive Order 121 and all businesses determined to be not essential by the N. C. Department of Revenue are hereby ordered to be closed in the City of Southport immediately.

Any person who violates this proclamation or any provision of any executive order issued by the Governor shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor pursuant to N.C.G.S. 166A-19.31(h) and N.C.G.S. 14-288.20A.

The Governor has extended his Executive Order until May 8th and there will be a determination by the Governor as to when not essential business can be opened.

Joseph P. Hatem MD, MPH
Mayor, City of Southport

Southport-Third Revision Emergency Proclamation 4-27-20

4/17 Q&A with Mayor Joseph P. Hatem MD, MPH

Mayor Hatem provides an update and answers questions submitted by the community.#SouthportStayHome #SouthportStaySafe

Posted by City of Southport NC on Friday, April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020 – Mayor of the City of Southport NC, Joseph P. Hatem, MD, MPH addresses recent community questions.

If you would like to submit a question to Mayor Hatem for a future Q&A, please go to the City of Southport website “Contact” to submit your question.

April 9 2020 Q&A with City of Southport NC Mayor Joseph P. Hatem MD, MPH

Mayor of the City of Southport NC, Joseph P. Hatem, MD, MPH addresses recent community questions.If you would like to submit a question to Mayor Hatem for a future Q&A, please got to the City of Southport website (www.southport.org) and scroll to the bottom of the page to the "Contact Us" section.#CityofSPT #SouthportStayHome #SouthportNC

Posted by City of Southport NC on Friday, April 10, 2020

April 9, 2020 – Mayor of the City of Southport NC, Joseph P. Hatem, MD, MPH addresses recent community questions.

If you would like to submit a question to Mayor Hatem for a future Q&A, please go to the City of Southport website “Contact” to submit your question.

Posted by City of Southport NC on Thursday, April 9, 2020

April 9, 2020 Board of Aldermen Meeting

(We apologize for the difficulty in hearing through the face masks tonight. A reminder the BOA agendas are available on the city website prior to the meeting if you’d like to see the topics in advance. We were unable to incorporate submitted questions tonight, but Mayor Hatem will be doing a weekly Q&A video to answer questions from the community. The first Q&A video will be available tomorrow morning here on Facebook as well as on the city YouTube channel. Any unanswered questions not covered in tomorrow’s video will be rolled into the following week.)

April 7, 2020 Update: Mayor Joseph P. Hatem MD, MPH provides a community update on COVID-19 and recommends appropriate actions to stay safe and healthy during this state of emergency. VIDEO: "Surgeon General Shows How to Make Your Own Face Covering" https://ow.ly/T7xX50z7TakTo access the Mayor’s Remarks, please click here: https://ow.ly/fGfe50z7Taj#SouthportStayHome #SouthportStaySafe #CityofSPT #Covid19

Posted by City of Southport NC on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

April 7, 2020 –  Transcript of Community Video Update from Mayor Joseph P. Hatem, MD, MPH

VIDEO: “Surgeon General Shows How to Make Your Own Face Covering”

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

County Contact Information & Virtual Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brunswick County is urging individuals to visit our website and to call or email county departments for assistance first before visiting county offices. The County now requires appointments for in-person visits. Not sure who to contact? Call our main line and we can help direct your calls.

  • Main County Contact Information: 910.253.2000 / 800.442.7033

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

View: Brunswick County declares a state of emergency due to COVID-19 (March 24, 2020)

The County has information and resources for individuals, businesses and municipalities that need assistance via the follow webpages: