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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Beaufort County Emergency Management: COVID-19 Update (1-15-20)

Press Release:

1/14/2020 Beaufort County, NC
Updates from our previous posting have been highlighted.

The following information is as of 8pm.

    Case Statistics
Confirmed Cases
Active Cases
Worldwide7.6 Billion93,018,040
USA330 Million23,836,974
NC10.4 Million650,926
Beaufort Co.47,0003,435
*Text in red or green indicates changes since our last update.*

    *On Tuesday (1/12), NCDHHS experienced technical issues which prevented some laboratory data files from being processed in the NC COVID reporting system. As a result, cases and test data reported today are lower than would have been had all data been processed at the standard time. Data reported tomorrow (1/14) will be higher as it will incorporate cases that should have been entered today.*

  • NC has had a total 650,926 confirmed cases, with 7,825 deaths. Our state currently has 121,626 active cases and 3,990 hospitalizations.
    • Beaufort County has had a total of 3,435 cases, with 814 currently active, 21 of which are hospitalized.
  • All active cases are self-isolating.
  • Eastern NC counties with total confirmed cases include: Bertie, (1,391), Beaufort (3,435), Bladen (2,238), Brunswick (5,469), Carteret (3,259), Camden (396), Chowan (988), Columbus (4,427), Craven (6,162), Currituck (869), Dare (1,384), Duplin (4,788), Edgecombe (3,626), Gates (448), Greene (1,732), Halifax (3,625), Hertford (1,591), Hyde (497), Jones (486), Lenoir (4,014), Martin (1,670), New Hanover (11,090), Northampton (1,278), Onslow (10,898), Pamlico (635), Pasquotank (2,262), Pender (3,380), Perquimans (660), Pitt (13,546) Sampson (5,566), Tyrrell (212) Washington (611), Wayne (8,287) and Wilson (6,601). Mecklenburg (74,470), Wake (54,261), Guilford (29,702), Forsyth (24,103), Gaston (18,798) and Durham (17,161) counties have the most cases.

    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.*

    Vaccine Information
    Please see the messages below pertaining to changes in the state's vaccine plan that were announced today by the Governor's Office and NCDHHS.

    The state has modified the various phases for vaccine prioritization as follows:

    Sent on behalf of the NC Department of Health and Human Services:

    "Thank you for all you continue to do to support North Carolina's pandemic response!

    Our goal is to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible given the limited supply of vaccines. Today, we shared that vaccine providers that are ready to expand may vaccinate all health care workers and anyone 65 years and older.

    North Carolina moves through vaccination phases by aligning to federal priorities while empowering local health departments and hospitals with flexibility to move to the next priority group as they complete phases and have vaccines available. It is the responsibility of all vaccine providers to ensure equitable access to vaccines. This will mean taking intentional actions to reach and engage historically marginalized communities.

    As always, we rely on you as a trusted messenger to help people make informed decisions and take action. NC DHHS has created a suite of communications materials to help you be a spot for accurate information. You can use these resources to keep your networks and communities informed about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, as well as direct them to information that will help them find local vaccination sites. Available in both English and Spanish, the materials include general information about COVID-19 vaccinations and North Carolina's ongoing rollout that can help you inform people of all ages.

    In addition, we now have video testimonials that we hope you will use and share!

    Our website,, has flyers, fact sheets, postcards in English and Spanish that we ask you to post, print and handout in places where people visit, and share in newsletters. Check the website often for new materials."

    Please note: While the state has expanded the eligibility of vaccine recipients, the vaccination capabilities of Beaufort County and our supporting partners continue to be limited due to the scarce availability of vaccines. All vaccines that are currently on hand, and those presumed to arrive in the coming weeks have already been accounted for with scheduled appointments for front line health care providers and individuals 75 years of age and older. In short, we are prepared to expand our vaccination efforts, but we can not give vaccines that we do not have, nor have been given any indication of having in the future. We encourage everyone to continue to monitor local media outlets, Beaufort County's Health Department webpage HERE and this daily update for announcements pertaining to future vaccination expansion and scheduling opportunities.

    COVID Testing
    Beaufort County will be hosting drive-thru testing in January 2021 as follows:

  • Every Monday from 11am–5pm at Fresh Anointing Church
    (820 NC Hwy 33 Aurora, NC)
  • Every Wednesday from 11am–5pm at The Wilkinson Center
    (144 W Main St. Belhaven, NC)
  • Every Friday from 11am–5pm at Spring Garden Missionary Baptist Church
    (526 Gladden St. Washington, NC)
  • Monday–Friday from 9am–Noon at Beaufort County's Health Department
    (1436 Highland Dr., Washington, NC)

    "Find My Testing Place"
    Find a testing location near you by using the following link:

    NC Community Spread Map (Updated: 12/18)
    North Carolina health officials are utilizing a county alert system to pinpoint counties with the highest levels of COVID-19 spread. This new map uses metrics informed by the White House Coronavirus Task Force and North Carolina's key metrics to categorize counties into three tiers

  • Yellow: Significant community spread
  • Orange: Substantial community spread
  • Red: Critical community spread

    Health officials are using a mix of criteria to determine what tier is assigned to a county. According to the state, a county must meet the threshold of case rate for that tier and meet the threshold for either percent positive or hospital impact in that county.

    Counties that do not meet criteria for orange or red tier are categorized as being in the yellow tier and should continue to be vigilant to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

    This map of North Carolina below shows which counties are in what tiers.

    There is significant community spread.
    These counties should continue to be vigilant to prevent further spread of COVID-19, but they do not meet orange or red criteria

    There is substantial community spread.
    These counties have a case rate that is between 101-200 new cases per capita in 14 days with at least 21 cases in 14 days.

    The percent positive date is between 8% and 10%, or there is a moderate impact on county hospital(s).

    There is critical community spread.
    These counties have a case rate that is greater than 200 new cases per capita in 14 days with at least 42 cases in 14 days.

    The percent positive date is greater than 10%, or there is a high impact on county hospital(s).

    Re-Opening Timeline / Guidelines
    Governor Cooper has announced that North Carolina will move to a modified "Stay at Home Early Closure Order" beginning at 5p Friday, December 11th. (Executive Order 181). This new order will institute a statewide curfew and restrictions upon movement of persons between the hours of 10pm and 5am daily, with the following exceptions:

  1. Travel to or from a place of work when a worker's presence is required by the worker's employer;
  2. Travel for work purposes;
  3. Performing work at the workplace or other location directed by the employer when the worker's presence is required by the worker's employer;
  4. Travel to obtain groceries, take-out food, medical care, fuel, health care supplies, or social services;
  5. Travel from a business that closed at or after 10:00 PM;
  6. Travel to a business that will open at or after 5:00 AM;
  7. Travel to take care of a family member, friend, or pet in another household;
  8. Travel necessary for purposes of personal safety;
  9. Travel into or out of the State;
  10. Travel required by law enforcement or court order; and
  11. Using or providing shared transportation (including without limitation taxicabs, ride shares, buses, trains, airplanes, and travel to airports, train stations, or bus stations)

    In addition, this new order will require retailers / businesses to stop alcohol sales at 9pm, and close between the hours of 10pm and 5am.

    NC Executive Orders
    A complete list of current NC Executive Orders can be found HERE.

    We have created a resource page that can accessed at:

    This resource page contains guidance for businesses, long term care facilities, families, and more.

    We are here to offer support and answer any questions or concerns. We are encouraging all community partners to share accurate information and promote it within your businesses, communities, and elsewhere. Beaufort County's website and Facebook page are great ways to stay up to date on accurate information.

  • Chris Newkirk
  • Deputy Director
  • Beaufort County Emergency Services
  • 1420 Highland Dr
  • Washington, N.C. 27889
  • Office: (252) 940-6511
  • Cell: (252) 378-5352


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