JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – During Tuesday morning’s Facebook Live event, Onslow County officials provided an update on COVID-19 in the area.
According to the county’s human services, 261 tests came back negative and more than 330 tests are pending in Onslow County as of Tuesday morning.
Health officials said it is taking more than eight days at times to receive test results back. Sharon Russell, the county manager explained that labs are not used to seeing this amount of lab work.
Emergency services director Norman Bryson says the department is continuing to operate as normal and there has not been a change in call volume. However, they are still accepting glove and N95 masks donations.
Viewers were concerned how the military bases in the area played a role in preventing the spread of the virus. Russell stated bases like Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune are federal institutions and are preempt from state or local guidelines.
Beginning Thursday, churches will be acting as distribution sites for groceries. The county is coordinating with area churches to offer a curbside style pick-up of essential groceries to help out.
Thursday, April 2, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. families can receive essential groceries at the locations below:
Ruach Outreach Ministries
5071 Burgaw Highway, Maple Hill
Folkstone Original Free Will Baptist Church
133 Old Folkstone Rd, Holly Ridge
Swansboro United Methodist
665 W Corbett Ave, Swansboro
Richlands Community Outreach
8701 Richlands Hwy, Richlands
Calvary Assembly of God
3980 Gum Branch Rd, Jacksonville
Enon Chapel Baptist Church
333 Freedom Way, Jacksonville
Belgrade Community Center
482 Spring Hill Rd, Maysville
Donations of fruit, jelly, and oatmeal are needed. They can be dropped off at Onslow County Senior Services, 4024 Richlands Hwy in Jacksonville.