Beaufort County Emergency Management: COVID-19 Update (4-23-20) | Beaufort County Now

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Beaufort County Emergency Management: COVID-19 Update (4-23-20)

Press Release:

4/23/2020 Beaufort County, NC
The following information is as of 5pm
Updates from our previous posting have been highlighted.

    Case Statistics
Confirmed Cases
Active Cases
Worldwide7.6 Billion2,682,225 (+59,654)1,949,578 (+33,794)187,330 (+4,971)732,647 (+25,914)
USA330 Million856,209 (+16,373)777,870 (+15,052)47,272 (+1,193)78,339 (+1,321)
NC10.4 Million7,762 (+501)*See Note Below*275 (+22)*See Note Below*
Beaufort Co.49,000174 (-2)013 (+2)
*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.*

  • NC has 7,762 total confirmed cases across 93 counties, with 275 deaths and 486 hospitalizations.
  • Beaufort County has had a total of 17 cases, with 4 currently active, none of which are hospitalized. 2 of our positive cases were asymptomatic, meaning they experienced no symptoms. Contact tracing of these known cases have concluded:
    • (3) case was contributed to direct contact with a known patient from another county.
    • (2) cases were related to travel to a known outbreak area.
    • (12) cases are attributed to community spread.
  • All active cases are self-isolating.
  • Eastern NC counties with total confirmed cases include: Bertie, (31), Beaufort (17), Bladen (5), Brunswick (39), Carteret (27), Camden (1), Chowan (6), Columbus (76), Craven (37), Currituck (3), Dare (15), Duplin (41), Edgecombe (62), Gates (6), Greene (14), Halifax (40), Hertford (14), Hyde (1), Jones (12), Lenoir (34), Martin (12), New Hanover (72), North Hampton (75), Onslow (39), Pamlico (6), Pasquotank (33), Pender (11), Perquimans (8), Pitt (101) Sampson (25), Tyrrell (4), Washington (22), and Wilson (130). Mecklenburg (1,362), Wake (626), Wayne (597) and Durham (469) counties have the most cases.

    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
    • 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 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.
  • Families who need help finding meals for their children ages 18 and younger can text “FOODNC” to “877-877”.
  • The Governor’s Office has extended the following orders through May 8th. Additional details pertaining to this extension and subsequent plans to lifts these restrictions will be provided in tomorrow’s update.
    • 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.
  • There have been 227 tests completed in Beaufort County to date, with 205 negatives, 14 positives and 8 pending. (These are cumulative numbers and includes test performed at the Health Department and reporting private medical facilities throughout our county.) *Three of our positive cases were tested in other counties but are Beaufort Co. residents.*
    What to Expect in the Future?
  • The Governor’s Office is expected to announce details pertaining to the remainder of the school year for the public school system tomorrow. We will continue to pass along this information as it becomes available.
    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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