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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Beaufort County Emergency Management: COVID-19 Update (9-23-20)

Press Release:

9/22/2020 Beaufort County, NC
Updates from our previous posting have been highlighted.

The following information is as of 5pm.

    Case Statistics
Confirmed Cases
Active Cases
Worldwide7.6 Billion31,434,340 (+259,135)8,920,611 (+1,711)967,035 (+4,959)21,546,694 (+252,465)
USA330 Million6,884,032 (+54,076)4,067,517 (+27,946)200,541 (+851)2,615,974 (+25,279)
NC10.4 Million195,548 (+1,193)15,879 (+1,193)3,286 (+39)176,422
Beaufort Co.47,0001,005 (+5)243 (-1)18 (+1)744 (+5)
*Text in red or green indicates changes since our last update.*

  • NC has had a total 195,548 confirmed cases, with 3,286 deaths. Our state currently has 15,879 active cases and 905 hospitalizations.
    • Beaufort County has had a total of 1,005 cases, with 243 currently active, 7 of which are hospitalized.
  • All active cases are self-isolating.
  • Eastern NC counties with total confirmed cases include: Bertie, (554), Beaufort (1,005), Bladen (825), Brunswick (1,543), Carteret (619), Camden (111), Chowan (313), Columbus (1,320), Craven (1,297), Currituck (170), Dare (264), Duplin (2,146), Edgecombe (1,284), Gates (128), Greene (507), Halifax (977), Hertford (707), Hyde (124), Jones (148), Lenoir (947), Martin (422), New Hanover (3,934), Northampton (410), Onslow (1,877), Pamlico (235), Pasquotank (683), Pender (907), Perquimans (179), Pitt (4,609) Sampson (1,765), Tyrrell (113), Washington (200), Wayne (3,192) and Wilson (2,116). Mecklenburg (27,687), Wake (17,010), and Guilford (8,209) counties have the most cases.

  • There have been 14,895 tests completed in Beaufort County to date, with 13,711 negatives, 991 positives and 193 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 1,141 tests completed by reporting agencies in Beaufort County last week. 8.5% of those tests were found to be positive. Outbreaks in Long Term Care Facilities were found to be a heavy influence on the positivity rates experience over the past 7 days.

    Beaufort County Statistics
    Please use the following link for the latest statistics pertaining to Beaufort County cases:

    Beaufort County NC COVID Surveillance

    ** This link can also be found on the Beaufort County Health Department’s Webpage. **

    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 2.5 (Will begin at 5pm Friday, 9/4 and continue through 5pm Friday 10/2)

    Governor Cooper has announced the easing of several restrictions beginning at 5pm Friday, 9/4. This change will allow for the reopening of the following.

  • Gyms at 30% Capacity
  • Museums & Aquariums at 50% Capacity
  • Playgrounds
  • Mass Gatherings are limited to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.

    Answers to Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to this new order can be found at

    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 Oct. 2nd, 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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