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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Beaufort County Emergency Management: COVID-19 Update (5-31-20)

Press Release:

5/31/2020 Beaufort County, NC
The following information is as of 4:30pm
Updates from our previous posting have been highlighted.

    Case Statistics
Confirmed Cases
Active Cases
Worldwide7.6 Billion6,120,740 (+121,492)3,519,874 (-53,872)369,593 (+2,410)2,600,866 (+67,620)
USA330 Million1,779,853 (+19,113)1,363,392 (+9,098)104,115 (+643)416,461 (+10,015)
NC10.4 Million28,053 (+255)13,099 (+255)935 (+11)14,954
Beaufort Co.47,00037 (+1)1 (-1)036 (+2)
*Text in red or green indicates changes since our last update.*

  • NC has total 28,053 confirmed cases, with 935 deaths. Our state currently has 13,099 active cases and 649 hospitalizations.
  • Beaufort County has had a total of 37 cases, with 1 currently active. Fourteen (14) of our positive cases were asymptomatic. (Meaning they experienced no COVID-19 symptoms.) Our newest cases have also been attributed to direct contact with another positive case(s). Contact tracing of these known cases have concluded:
    • (16) case was contributed to direct contact with a known patient from another county.
    • (2) cases were related to travel to a known outbreak area.
    • (18) cases are attributed to community spread.
    • (1) case is under investigation.
  • All active cases are self-isolating.
  • Eastern NC counties with total confirmed cases include: Bertie, (122), Beaufort (37), Bladen (100), Brunswick (83), Carteret (37), Camden (3), Chowan (17), Columbus (336), Craven (207), Currituck (13), Dare (22), Duplin (794), Edgecombe (197), Gates (24), Greene (77), Halifax (177), Hertford (117), Hyde (1), Jones (28), Lenoir (215), Martin (70), New Hanover (193), North Hampton (156), Onslow (108), Pamlico (10), Pasquotank (105), Pender (75), Perquimans (24), Pitt (295) Sampson (462), Tyrrell (4), Washington (27), Wayne (1,112) and Wilson (354). Mecklenburg (4,028), Wake (1,713), and Durham (1,552) counties have the most cases.

Please Remember and Practice "The 3 Ws"

Wear Face Coverings
Wait 6' Apart
Wash Your Hands Often

    Opening Beaufort County — A Message from Beaufort County's Health Department

    Beaufort County's Health Department has created a quick informational video that shares tips and safety measures to assist in the safe reopening of our local businesses. This video can be viewed using the following link:

    We will continue to provide additional guidance as our state progresses through its tiered reopening plan.

    Re-Opening Timeline / Guidelines
    Below is a summary of our states plan for a phased reopening. Please note that these timelines / guidelines are subject to change based on case trends and / or additional executive orders.

    Phase II (Will begin at 5pm Friday, 5/22 and continue through June 26, 2020)

  • Lift the Stay-at-Home order. Restaurants and Personal Care Services must follow safety protocols including the potential need to reduce capacity (Bar & Fitness Centers will remain closed under Executive Order 141)
  • Increase number of people allowed at gatherings
  • Recommend face coverings in public spaces when 6 ft of distancing isn't possible.

    Additional information about Phase II can be found using the following link:

    Additional Business / Employer Guidance can also be found by using the following link:

    The Governor and the N.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association also introduced Count on Me NC, a free online training program to help restaurants, hotels, and other businesses learn the best ways to protect customers and employees from COVID-19, which can be found at:

    Phase III (Could begin June 26, 2020 and July 12, 2020.)

  • Increased capacity at Restaurants, Bars, Other Businesses, Houses of Worship & Entertainment Venues.
  • Further increase the number of people allowed at gatherings.

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