Beaufort County Emergency Management: COVID-19 Update (4-3-20) | Eastern North Carolina Now

Press Release:

4/3/2020 Beaufort County, NC
The following information is as of 2pm
Updates from our previous posting have been highlighted.

    Case Statistics
Confirmed Cases
Active Cases
Worldwide7.6 Billion1,066,706 (+65,547)843,009 (+49,799)56,767 (+5,282)223,697 (+14,748)
USA330 Million258,214 (+21,875)248,806 (+51,015)6,605 (+957)9,408 (+547)
NC10.4 Million2,147 (+250)*See Note Below*22 (+2)*See Note Below*
Beaufort Co.49,0009 (+1)405
*Text in red or green indicates changes since our last update.*
*North Carolina is currently not actively tracking the cumulative total of Recovered cases in our state. Therefore, we are unable to report with consistency total number of Current Active Cases. However, we will continue to provide this information at a county level.*

  • 5% of all worldwide active cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization). This is down from 19% in February.
  • 11% of all US cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization).
  • NC has 2,147 total confirmed cases across 87 counties, with 22 deaths and 259 hospitalizations.
  • Beaufort County has had a total of 9 cases, with 4 currently active, 3 of which are hospitalized. Contact Tracing of these known cases have concluded:
    • (1) case was contributed to direct contact with a known patient from another county.
    • (1) case was related to travel to a known outbreak area.
    • (5) cases are attributed to community spread.
    • (2) case is still under investigation.
  • All active cases are self-isolating.
  • Eastern NC counties with total confirmed cases include: Bertie, (6), Beaufort (9), Bladen (1), Brunswick (23), Carteret (14), Camden (1), Chowan (1), Columbus (4), Craven (11), Currituck (2), Dare (1), Duplin (3), Edgecombe (4), Gates (1), Greene (5), Halifax (7), Hertford (4), Hyde (1), Lenoir (5), Martin (3), New Hanover (42), North Hampton (36), Onslow (10), Pamlico (2), Pasquotank (7), Perquimans (1), Pitt (31) Sampson (1), Washington (2), Wayne (9) and Wilson (20). Mecklenburg (564), Wake (258) Durham (159) counties have the most cases.

    Mitigation Efforts
  • A Message from our Beaufort County’s Health Department:
  • On March 27th, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued a statewide Stay at Home Order that began yesterday, March 30th, 2020 at 5:00pm and will last until April 29th, 2020. This order directs people to stay home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of 10 people or more and directs everyone to physically stay at least 6 feet apart from others. This Stay at Home Order will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent our medical system from being overwhelmed by keeping individuals from being exposed to the virus, as well as keeping those who have the virus from spreading it to others.
  • “It is a hard time for everyone, but we cannot stress enough the importance of social distancing and staying home to protect your family, loved ones, friends, and community members, “said Health Director Jim Madson. “Though we know the case load will continue to rise in our region, each and every person are the key to helping slow the spread by limiting contact with others, along with practicing good hygiene and sanitation (ex. washing hands and disinfecting areas). What you do does matter and can save lives.” Social distancing is of extreme importance. Use technology to stay in touch with family and friends. Schedule virtual coffee dates, host group chats, and attend FaceTime sessions to stay connected. Use this time to spring clean, do chores around the house, get organized, or simply spend time with your household loved ones.
  • We know you may have questions and/or concerns. Check out our site, public-health/2019-coronavirus-covid-19 to get the most updated information regarding COVID-19, executive orders like the Stay at Home Order, and more. Additional questions or concerns can be sent to
  • You are an important part of helping reduce transmission and preventing the spread of COVID-19. Join with us in fighting the spread by practicing the following prevention methods:
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
    • Stay home when you are sick
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after
    • going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
    • Practice social distancing (avoid handshakes, hugs, and other close contact)
  • Stay at Home Initiative
  • “Home Is Where the Heart Is & Where Your Body Needs To Be Too!”
  • Beaufort County Health Department is calling all to be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem. We are asking all to STAY HOME to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. STAY HOME and only leave for essential trips if you are feeling well. Essential trips include food, picking up prescription/medications, and scheduled medical appointments. Necessary trips, such as groceries and prescriptions, can also be done in a way that can help prevent the spread! Order your groceries online. You can pick them up without having to go in the store or have them delivered. When picking up your prescriptions, go through the drive thru.
  • In addition, fight the spread by:
    • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
    • Clean/disinfect commonly used areas and surfaces.
    • Cough/sneeze into a tissue and throw the tissue away.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands.
  • These are small, simple practices that you, your family and friends can do to make a BIG impact and help fight the spread!

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  • We must work together to take all the necessary steps to prevent the spread and protect the health of our community and loved ones!
  • 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
    • Susiegray McConnell Sports Complex
  • Beaufort County Schools is closed through May 15th. They will serve meals this week, March 30-April 3 per our normal schedule posted below. We will serve them April 6-9 (but NOT on the 10th). We will serve them April 13-17 (this is Spring Break but we will still serve meals those days) and then each week, Mon-Friday after Spring Break as normal.
  • The locations for these student meals are:
    • Cornerstone Family Worship Center – 1918 West 5th Street, Washington Contact: Tiana Payne Church: 252-946-6109
    • Temple of Joy – 96 Hill Road Chocowinity NC Contact: Apostle Georgette Redmond: Church: 252-975-6580 Cell: 917-7223
    • Ware Creek Baptist Church – 2302 Maules Point Road, Blunts Creek Contact: Bishop Charles Smith: Cell: 252-622-1924 Bishop Charles Tyson, Pastor
    • Fresh Anointing Church of God – 820 Hwy 33 East, Aurora NC – Cell 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.
  • All assisted living facilities in Beaufort County have restricted visitations to end of life visits only.
  • Vidant is prohibiting visitors across all hospitals and emergency departments with exception of the following:
    • Maynard Children’s Hospital, Pediatrics Unit / NICU, Maternity and Postpartum Unit (One healthy partner allowed), Palliative Care Unit / End of Life Care, Clinics located inside the hospital, Discharge pick up, Emergency Departments (Patient requiring assistance only, Parent or Caregiver of pediatric patients)
  • North Carolina is currently under the following executive orders:
    • 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. (A copy of this order is attached to today’s email.)
    • EO 120: Extended school closures through May 15th. This order also imposes the following restrictions on businesses.
      1. In addition to the restrictions on mass gatherings identified in Executive Order No. 117 § 1, entertainment facilities without a retail or dining component are ordered to close at 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, though any retail or dining component may operate within that establishment solely for that purpose. Any dining facilities may operate only within the restrictions for restaurants as set out in Executive Order No. 118. These facilities include, but are not limited to, the following types of business:
        • 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 business establishments which allow gaming activities (e.g. video poker, gaming, sweepstakes, video games, arcade games, pinball machines or other computer, electronic or mechanical devices played for amusement)
    • 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.

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