Beaufort County Emergency Management: COVID-19 Update (9-10-20) | Beaufort County Now | The following information is as of 5pm

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Beaufort County Emergency Management: COVID-19 Update (9-10-20)

    Mitigation Efforts
  • Beaufort County’s EOC is now fully activated to provide support for essential county and municipal functions.
  • Public access will be restricted to Beaufort County Government buildings beginning Tuesday, 3/24. Guidance for conducting business with our various departments can be found using the following link and will also be posted at each county building:
  • The City of Washington closed the following city office building to the public until further notice:
    • City Hall
    • Bobby Andrews Recreation Center
    • George H. and Laura E. Brown Library
    • Grace Martin Harwell Senior Center
    • Moore Aquatic and Fitness Center — Reopen with limited hours. Members only. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Fitness Room remains closed.
    • Susiegray McConnell Sports Complex — Open for baseball and softball practices/games under the guidelines provided by the Governor.
  • Beaufort County Schools will remain closed through the end of the current school year. They will continue to serve meals Mon-Friday at the following locations:
    • Cornerstone Family Worship Center1918 West 5th Street, WashingtonContact: Tiana PayneChurch Ph: 252-946-6109
    • Temple of Joy96 Hill Road Chocowinity NCContact: Apostle Georgette RedmondChurch Ph: 252-975-6580Cell: 917-7223
    • Ware Creek Baptist Church2302 Maules Point Road, Blunts CreekContact: Bishop Charles SmithCell: 252-622-1924Bishop Charles Tyson, Pastor
    • Fresh Anointing Church of God820 Hwy 33 East, Aurora NCCell: 252-364-7493
    • River Road Estates
    • Northeast Elementary School
    • Eastern Elementary School
    • John Cotton Tayloe Elementary School
    • Chocowinity Primary School
    • SW Snowden Elementary School
    • Belhaven Civic Center parking lot
    • Salvation Army parking lot in Washington
    • Washington Police Substation at 9th street
  • Any child can have a breakfast and lunch.
  • This lunch will be served in a “drive-thru” setting so no one has to leave their car or enter the school building. Parents and family members may pick up these meals for their students whether or not the students are with them. We will just need the names of the students receiving the meals. Any student of any school can pick up a meal at any site.
  • Additional feeding sites have also been established at the following churches:
    • BeeBe Chapel CME-239 / Cherry Run Road, Washington, NC
    • Contact: Pastor Joneice Carroll / (252) 947-1125
    • Feeding Times: 11:00am–12:30pm
    • Cornerstone Family Worship Center / 1918 West 5th Street, Washington, NC
    • Contact: Pamela Collins / (252) 833-9829
    • Church: (252) 946-6109
    • Feeding Times: 10:30am–12:00pm
    • Fresh Anointing Church of God / 820 Hwy 33 East, Aurora NC
    • Contact: Bishop Charles Tyson / Cell: (252) 364-7493
    • Feeding Times: 10:30am–12:30pm
    • Temple of Joy / 96 Hill Road Chocowinity, NC
    • Contact: Apostle Georgette Redmond
    • Church: (252) 975-6580 / Cell: (252) 917-7223
    • Feeding Times: 10:30am–12:00pm
    • Ware Creek Missionary Baptist / 2302 Maules Point Road, Blount’s Creek
    • Contact: Bishop Charles Smith
    • Cell: (252) 622-1924
    • Feeding Times: 10:30am–12:30pm
    • Zion Temple FWB Church-2 / Swamp Road, Pantego, NC
    • Contact: Raleigh & Loretta Younger / (252) 943-7268 (Raleigh) / (252) 943-4975 (Loretta)
    • Feeding Times: 10:30am–12:00pm
  • Families who need help finding meals for their children ages 18 and younger can text “FOODNC” to “877-877”.
  • The following Executive Orders have been issued for North Carolina.
    • EO 163: Revised prohibitions and restrictions that move the state in Safer at Home Phase 2.5 measures.
    • EO 162: Extends Executive Order 153, which restricts late-night service of alcoholic beverages.
    • EO 161: Extends prior executive orders on remote shareholder and nonprofit meetings during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
    • EO 157: Extends certain transportation-related provisions in previous executive orders.
    • EO 156: Extends proof-of-immunization and health assessment documentation deadlines for students enrolled in public, private or religious educational institutions, including child care facilities, K-12 schools, colleges and universities.
    • EO 155: Extends EO 141 for 5 additional weeks.
    • EO 153: Restricts late-night service of alcoholic beverages.
    • EO 152: Extends certain Health and Human Services provisions in previous executive orders and returns regulatory authority for skilled-nursing facilities to the secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
    • EO 151: Extends Executive Order 141's Safer At Home Phase 2 measures until at least Aug. 7, 2020.
    • EO 150: Extends certain transportation-related provisions set in previous executive orders.
    • EO 149: Reissues prior executive orders on remote shareholder and nonprofit meetings during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
    • EO 148: Extends certain health and human services provisions set in previous executive orders.
    • EO 147: Takes effect on June 26th, and extends Phase II “Safer at Home” orders and requires the use of face coverings.
    • EO 146: Extends certain transportation-related provisions in previous executive orders.
    • EO 141: Lifts the statewide Stay at Home Order and moves the state to a Safer At Home recommendation. Allows restaurants to resume dine-in services, and Barbers, Salons and Personal Care businesses to open.
    • EO 139: Provides additional regulatory flexibility to help ensure capacity in the state’s health care system and improve its ability to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • EO 138: Effective 5 p.m. May 8, 2020, eases some restrictions on travel, business operations and mass gatherings.
    • EO 135: Extends until May 8, North Carolina’s Stay At Home (Executive Order 121) as well as other orders regarding the closures of restaurants for dine-in service, bars and other close-contact businesses
    • EO 134: Allows furloughed employees to be eligible for unemployment benefits.
    • EO 133: Extends certain provisions in previous executive orders that are related to transportation.
    • EO 131: Addresses three issues: requires retail stores that are still operating to implement new social distancing policies to make shopping safer for customers and employees; makes earlier COVID-19 guidelines mandatory for nursing facilities, and recommends other long-term care facilities to do the same; speeds up the process to get benefits to people out of work.
    • EO 130: Provides more access to health care beds, expands the pool of health care workers and orders essential childcare services for workers responding to the crisis.
    • EO 124: Prohibits utilities — including electric, gas, water and wastewater services from disconnecting people who are unable to pay during this pandemic and prohibits them from collecting fees, penalties or interest for late payment. The order applies for the next 60 days and gives residential customers at least six months to pay outstanding bills.
    • EO 121: A statewide “Stay at Home” order will become effective at 5pm today. This order will restrict travel to essential activities only. (i.e. Travel for items such as, groceries, food, medications, household supplies, essential workers, etc.) This order will also limit gatherings to less than 10 people.
    • EO 120: Extended school closures through May 15th. This order also imposes the following restrictions on businesses:
      • Bingo Parlors, including Bingo sites operate by charitable organizations
      • Bowling Alleys
      • Indoor Exercise Facilities (e.g. gyms, yoga studios, martial arts facilities, indoor trampoline and rock climbing facilities)
      • Health Clubs
      • Indoor/Outdoor Pools
      • Live Performance Venues
      • Movie Theaters
      • Skating Rinks
      • Spas
      • Gaming and businesses which allow gaming activities
    • EO 119: Lifting restrictions on local Health Departments, child care facilities, and commerce transport. This order also restricting various functions of DMV to include:
      • Driver’s License Office will operate by appointment only.
      • Closing of all Drivers License Office that are on insufficient size to maintain social distancing.
      • Extending office hours at locations that are of sufficient size.
      • Postpone all DMV related hearings for 60 days.
    • EO 118: Restricting dine-in services at all restaurants / bars. These businesses will continue to be allowed to provide carry-out and delivery services.
    "Check My Symptoms"
    NCDHHS has created a "Check My Symptoms" tool that will help you check your symptoms online and determine if you will be recommended to be tested for COVID-19. After you enter your symptoms, if it is recommended that you get tested, you will receive a list of nearby testing sites via email or text. This is an informational tool to help you determine if you may need to be tested; however it is not a physician order. Testing sites may require their own screening. The "Check My Symptoms" tool can be accessed using the following link:

    "Find My Testing Place"
    Find testing location near you by using the following link:

    We have created a resource page that can accessed at:

    This resource page contains guidance for businesses, long term care facilities, families, and more.

    We are here to offer support and answer any questions or concerns. We are encouraging all community partners to share accurate information and promote it within your businesses, communities, and elsewhere. Beaufort County's website and Facebook page are great ways to stay up to date on accurate information.

  • Chris Newkirk
  • Deputy Director
  • Beaufort County Emergency Services
  • 1420 Highland Dr
  • Washington, N.C. 27889
  • Office: (252) 940-6511
  • Cell: (252) 378-5352


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