Beaufort County Emergency Management: COVID-19 Update (8-12-20) | Eastern North Carolina Now

Press Release:

8/11/2020 Beaufort County, NC
Updates from our previous posting have been highlighted.

The following information is as of 6pm.

    Case Statistics
Confirmed Cases
Active Cases
Worldwide7.6 Billion20,177,521 (+230,181)7,038,649 (-25,986)738,716 (+6,066)12,400,156 (+250,101)
USA330 Million5,130,732 (+59,553)3,295,374 (+44,311)164,603 (+1,351)1,670,755 (+13,891)
NC10.4 Million138,743 (+1,333)31,615 (+1,333)2,247 (+50)105,093
Beaufort Co.47,000444 (+7)149 (+7)6289
*Text in red or green indicates changes since our last update.*

  • NC has had a total 138,743 confirmed cases, with 2,247 deaths. Our state currently has 31,615 active cases and 1,122 hospitalizations.
  • Beaufort County has had a total of 444 cases, with 149 currently active, and 10 currently hospitalized. Investigation of these known cases have concluded:
    • (191) cases are attributed to direct contact with another known positive case.
    • (2) cases were related to travel to a known outbreak area.
    • (75) cases are attributed to community spread.
    • (175) cases are still under investigation.
  • Sixty (64) of our total positives were asymptomatic at the time of their test.
  • All active cases are self-isolating.
  • Eastern NC counties with total confirmed cases include: Bertie, (280), Beaufort (444), Bladen (626), Brunswick (1,260), Carteret (376), Camden (73), Chowan (158), Columbus (918), Craven (753), Currituck (73), Dare (210), Duplin (2,016), Edgecombe (664), Gates (45), Greene (332), Halifax (715), Hertford (353), Hyde (47), Jones (99), Lenoir (599), Martin (268), New Hanover (2,696), Northampton (352), Onslow (1,108), Pamlico (73), Pasquotank (423), Pender (666), Perquimans (88), Pitt (2,054) Sampson (1,516), Tyrrell (99), Washington (135), Wayne (2,435) and Wilson (1,514). Mecklenburg (22,462), Wake (12,148), and Durham (6,221) counties have the most cases.

    Announcement: Passing of Four Beaufort County Residents

    August 10, 2020

    Washington, NC — We are saddened to announce that over the past two days, Beaufort County has experienced the passing of four residents who tested positive for COVID-19.

    One individual passed August 8thand the other three individuals passed today, August 10th. To protect the family's privacy, we will not be releasing any further information at this time. Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers, as well as others who continue to battle against COVID-19. Beaufort County currently has 428 confirmed tests at this time, with 139 currently active and 289 recovered. To date, there have been 5,063 tests completed, with approximately 56 tests results pending.

    Beaufort County Health Department Director Jim Madson expressed, "This is a very somber day for Beaufort County. There is great grief in me making this announcement. I hope the family and friends will find comfort in our words and prayers."

    We know there are questions and concerns regarding COVID-19. Please continue to visit our website at to get the most updated information regarding COVID-19, executive orders, testing, and more. Additional questions or concerns can be sent to

    Continue to protect yourself and others by:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Practice social distancing (maintain at least 6 feet between you and others)
  • Wear your mask when social distancing isn't possible
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Washing 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

James Madson, RN, MPH
Health Director
Beaufort County Health Department

  • There have been 5,221 tests completed in Beaufort County to date, with 4,697 negatives, 433 positives and 91 pending. (These are cumulative numbers and includes test performed at the Health Department and reporting private medical facilities throughout our county.) *Nine (9) of our positive cases were tested in other counties but are Beaufort Co. residents.*
  • There were approximately 1,000 test completed in Beaufort County last week.

    Beaufort County Schools — School Openings Announcement
    Beaufort County Schools will be starting the 2020-2021 school year on a modified Plan B format for all schools except the BCS Early College High School. Parents and students of ECHS will be contacted directly about their schedule of instruction.

    The modified Plan B consists of four weeks of remote instruction for all other students beginning August 17th through September 11th.

    Presumably students will then be partially attending schools each week along with continued remote instruction outside the school building. Parents and students will be informed when students attend onsite and when they continue remote instruction. More specific details will be released soon concerning these assignments. Here is an example of the weekly schedule:

  • Group A Students: Monday – Tuesday in school instruction / Wednesday – Thursday – Friday remote learning
  • Group B Students: Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday remote learning / Thursday – Friday in school instruction

    There will be additional information communicated soon regarding the Open House, learning protocols, device pickup, and learning expectations for each school. Please monitor the website and/or social media account of your child's school.

    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 5pm Friday 9/11))

    Governor Cooper has announced that North Carolina's Phase II "Safer at Home" order has been extended for 5 additional weeks (thru 9/11).

    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)

    Requires 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 Aug 7th, 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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