Beaufort County Emergency Management: COVID-19 Update (6-26-20) | Eastern North Carolina Now | The following information is as of 6pm

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Press Release:

6/25/2020 Beaufort County, NC
Updates from our previous posting have been highlighted.

The following information is as of 6pm, and reflects changes over the past 48 hrs.

    Case Statistics
Confirmed Cases
Active Cases
Worldwide7.6 Billion9,522,025 (+195,602)4,353,413‬ (+190,036)484,876 (+5,566)4,799,150 (+95,725)
USA330 Million2,410,279 (+43,318)1,631,637 (+33,970)122,481 (+735)656,161 (+8,613)
NC10.4 Million57,472 (+1,171)19,273 (+1,171)1,336 (+14)36,921
Beaufort Co.47,00073 (+9)21 (+9)050
*Text in red or green indicates changes since our last update.*

  • NC has total 57,472 confirmed cases, with 1,336 deaths. Our state currently has 19,273 active cases and 891 hospitalizations.
  • Beaufort County has had a total of 73 cases, with 21 currently active, and 1 hospitalization. 7 of our most recent cases were identified through contact tracing and have been attributed to having had direct contact with other known cases. The other 2 cases are still under investigation. Twenty-three (23) of our positive cases were asymptomatic. (Meaning they experienced no COVID-19 symptoms.) Investigation of these known cases have concluded:
    • (45) cases are attributed to direct contact with another known positive case.
    • (2) cases were related to travel to a known outbreak area.
    • (23) cases are attributed to community spread.
    • (2) case still under investigation.
  • All active cases are self-isolating.
  • Eastern NC counties with total confirmed cases include: Bertie, (139), Beaufort (73), Bladen (341), Brunswick (407), Carteret (64), Camden (23), Chowan (19), Columbus (492), Craven (332), Currituck (16), Dare (34), Duplin (1,373), Edgecombe (290), Gates (26), Greene (160), Halifax (296), Hertford (157), Hyde (6), Jones (29), Lenoir (348), Martin (121), New Hanover (715), Northampton (191), Onslow (229), Pamlico (18), Pasquotank (172), Pender (213), Perquimans (32), Pitt (617) Sampson (947), Tyrrell (7), Washington (37), Wayne (1,712) and Wilson (665). Mecklenburg (9,614), Wake (4,347), and Durham (3,402) counties have the most cases.

    Consider This When Comparing Case Numbers

    Many of you have undoubtedly noticed an increase in known cases over the past 2 weeks, both locally and across the state. At first glance, these numbers can be concerning. However, it is important that we look beyond a single number or statistic and evaluate all aspects of our COVID-19 data.

    Beaufort County, like many across our state, began an aggressive testing and contact tracing campaign several weeks ago. This effort has allowed for more cases to be identified both locally and statewide. An increase in known cases are expected with initiatives such as these. Simply speaking, the more people you test, the more known cases you are likely to find. Especially when you are testing people who have been determined to have had contact with other known cases. Its also important to know that we have identified approximately 28 people with negative results for every positive case within our county. Hence the importance of evaluating the total test conducted instead of simply focusing on a single number. It is comparisons such as these that help us to determine the prevalence, or how common this virus is in our area.

    We are currently preparing to increase our testing efforts to yet another level in the coming weeks. This will allow us to monitor impacts within specific communities, while also providing for more data in which to make response, mitigation and preventative decisions.

    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 7/22)

    Governor Cooper has announced that North Carolina's Phase II "Safer at Home" order has been extended for 3 additional weeks (thru 7/22).

    Today's announcement also included an executive order requiring individuals above the age of 11 to wear a face covering while in public areas where social distancing cannot be maintained. Exceptions are permitted for those individuals with medical issues that prohibit the use these coverings.

    Additional details pertaining to today's Executive Order announcement can be found in the attached documents titled "Cooper EO 147 Phase II Extension", "NCDHHS Interim Guidance on Face Coverings" and "EO 147 FAQ".

  • 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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