Beaufort County Emergency Management: COVID-19 Update (6-1-20) | Beaufort County Now | The following information is as of 5pm

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Press Release:

6/1/2020 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 Billion6,229,408 (+108,668)3,183,274 (-373,973)373,973 (+4,380)2,672,161 (+71,295)
USA330 Million1,799,747 (+19,894)1,250,287 (-113,105)104,702 (+587)444,758 (+28,297)
NC10.4 Million29,399 (+1,346)13,501 (+402)944 (+9)14,954
Beaufort Co.47,000371036
*Text in red or green indicates changes since our last update.*

  • NC has total 29,399 confirmed cases, with 944 deaths. Our state currently has 13,501 active cases and 650 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 (105), Brunswick (95), Carteret (37), Camden (3), Chowan (17), Columbus (336), Craven (209), Currituck (14), Dare (22), Duplin (846), Edgecombe (201), Gates (24), Greene (79), Halifax (182), Hertford (128), Hyde (1), Jones (28), Lenoir (217), Martin (73), New Hanover (197), North Hampton (156), Onslow (110), Pamlico (10), Pasquotank (105), Pender (83), Perquimans (24), Pitt (313) Sampson (499), Tyrrell (4), Washington (30), Wayne (1,161) and Wilson (359). Mecklenburg (4,412), Wake (1,773), and Durham (1,660) counties have the most cases.

    Hurricane Preparedness & COVID-19
    June 1, 2020
    Washington, NC — Today officially begins hurricane season. We have already seen two formations of Tropical Storms with Arthur and Bertha. We in Beaufort County are very acquainted with hurricanes, but that doesn't mean we need to be relaxed in regard to hurricane season. We need to be prepared!

    There are important tips you and your family can do before, during, and after a storm to be the most prepared and remain safe.

  • Talk to your insurance representative or independent agent and be sure that you are properly covered.
  • Make a family communications plan.
  • Listen for weather advisories and stay informed.
  • Repair loose boards, shingles, shutter, down spouts that could become greater problems in high winds or torrential rain.
  • Unclog or clear all outdoor drains, rain gutters, and downspouts.
  • Stock emergency supplies (battery powered raido, flashlights, extra batteries, medicines, first aid kit, a week's worth of non-perishable food and water).
  • Charge your cell phone and fill your car with gas.
  • Program all emergency phone numbers in your phone.
  • Turn your fridge to the coldest setting so food will last longer if the power goes out.

  • Listen to a radio, or if possible, TV for information.
  • Secure your home (close storm shutters and secure furniture or things outside that could blow away)
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water to use for sanitary purposed, such as cleaning and flushing toilets.
  • If flooding begins, turn off electricity.
  • If advised to evacuate, go as soon as possible.
  • Do not burn anything larger than candles inside your home without providing adequate ventilation to the outside.
  • Do not use a generator inside your home, garage, crawl space, or other enclosed areas.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. TURN AROUND! DON'T DROWN! (Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.)
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.
  • If you go to a community shelter:
    • Follow the latest guidelines from the CDC and local health officials regarding protecting yourself from COVID-19.
    • Bring cleaning and disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces you may need to touch regularly.
    • Maintain at least 6 feet between you and persons not part of your immediate family while at the shelter.
    • Anyone over 2 years old should use a cloth face covering while at these facilities.

  • Continue to listen to the radio for any updates
  • If you have evacuated, DO NOT return until officials say it's safe.
  • Avoid playing or wading in flood water, which could contain dangerous debris.
  • Keep away from loose power lines and report them to your local power company.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you know it isn't contaminated.
  • Take pictures for insurance purposes to document property damage that occurred.

    Hurricane season is here. Prepare now, not when the storm hits.

    For more information regarding hurricanes preparedness and safety visit

    JaNell Octigan, MPH
    Preparedness Coordinator
    Beaufort County Public Health Department

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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