3/4/2020 Beaufort County, NC
Updates from our previous posting have been highlighted.
The following information is as of 5pm.
|*Text in red or green indicates changes since our last update.*|
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.*
- NC has had a total 868,056 confirmed cases, with 11,399 deaths. Our state currently has 36,818 active cases and 1,290 hospitalizations.
- Beaufort County has had a total of 4,283 cases, with 95 currently active, 5 of which are hospitalized.
- All active cases are self-isolating.
- Eastern NC counties with total confirmed cases include: Bertie, (1,658), Beaufort (4,281), Bladen (2,964), Brunswick (8,067), Carteret (4,470), Camden (593), Chowan (1,380), Columbus (5,906), Craven (8,390), Currituck (1,385), Dare (1,864), Duplin (5,736), Edgecombe (4,703), Gates (676), Greene (2,140), Halifax (5,016), Hertford (1,957), Hyde (627), Jones (727), Lenoir (5,476), Martin (2,084), New Hanover (16,358), Northampton (1,719), Onslow (14,731), Pamlico (966), Pasquotank (3,078), Pender (4,730), Perquimans (923), Pitt (17,644) Sampson (6,904), Tyrrell (304) Washington (995), Wayne (10,307) and Wilson (8,503). Mecklenburg (97,600), Wake (75,183), Guilford (40,228) counties have the most cases.
March 2, 2021
Beaufort County will be receiving allocations of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, developed by Janssen. Like the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine protects against virus-related hospitalization and death. This vaccine is a one dose shot series. The vaccine is said to be 66% protective against moderate to severe Covid infection and 85% effective in protecting against severe disease. There are possible temporary reactions, such as a sore arm, fever, headache or feeling tired and achy for a day or two. All of the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized were built upon decades of previous work on similar vaccines.
Beaufort County Health Department will not be using the J&J vaccine to vaccinate those coming through the public community vaccine clinics at this time. Initial allocations of J&J vaccine received by Beaufort County's Health Department will be used for targeted vaccination efforts. If you are interested in the J&J vaccine, we recommend you reaching out to your local pharmacy. O'neals Pharmacy will be offering the J&J vaccine and can be contacted at 943-2643 or 946- 4000. For more information regarding the J&J vaccine, you can visit our website HERE
or you can visit HERE
Currently, we are in Phase 3 of vaccinations, which includes essential workers. To be considered an essential worker you must have a lot of interaction with the public. To make an appointment, call the COVID-19 hotline at (252) 940-6150 or via the online appointment link HERE
If you have already received your vaccine and have an appointment with us, please call (252) 940- 6150 or email email@example.com
to cancel your appointment. Please continue to monitor HERE
for updated information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as the transitions as we move through the various phases of vaccination.
James Madson, RN
Beaufort County Health Department
Press Release (2/26/21)
February 26, 2021
Last night, Beaufort County received a notice of vaccine allocations from the state of North Carolina for the upcoming week (March 2–8). Beaufort County providers are expecting to receive 1,100 doses of the Moderna vaccine. These allocations will be administered to individuals 65 years of age or older, school staff and essential infrastructure employees.
All previously scheduled appointments made through the health department will also be fulfilled.
As of Thursday (2/25), approximately 12,601 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. 8,809 Beaufort County residents have received their first dose and 3,792 residents have completed the two shot series.
Beaufort County providers remain committed in our efforts to vaccinate all those who are interested in the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly and efficiently as possible. Please continue to monitor www.bchd.net for updated information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as the transitions as we move through the various phases of vaccination.
James Madson RN, MPH
Beaufort County Health Department
Transportation Assistance to Vaccine Appointments
Beaufort County remains committed to the goal of providing vaccinations to all eligible citizens as quickly as possible. If you have an appointment to receive the vaccine, and are unable to secure transportation to the vaccine site on your own, please call Beaufort Area Transit System (BATS) for assistance at (252) 946-5778.
Greenville / Vidant Mega Vaccination Site
Vidant Hospital and the Pitt County Health Dept. have announced an up coming large-scale vaccination site at Greenville's Convention Center. See below for details and sceduling information:
A video tutorial of Vidant's scheduling process can be found HERE
How Vaccine Supplies and Allocations Impact Beaufort County
Since the rollout of the first COVID-19 vaccine within the US, conversations of stockpiles, shipments, who gets it, and how many they get have flooded national, state and local conversations. Each day brings with it a seemingly growing spectrum of statements, with some saying there are millions of doses just waiting to be administered to the public and others saying we do not have enough. The truth is, both are correct. Much of the distance between these two spectrums lies in federal, state and local providers' capabilities and the timeframe they have to act.
Almost everything related to vaccinations revolves around 1-week increments. For example, each Tuesday, the Federal Government provides North Carolina with the number of vaccines they will receive the following week. North Carolina then takes Wednesday and Thursday to determine how best to disperse the state's shipment amongst its 100 counties. That number is shared with the counties and their partnering agencies on Thursday. Counties will have Friday through Sunday to develop a plan to administer their doses to the public best. Doses typically arrive in the county on Mondays or Tuesdays, with the goal of having all those doses dispersed by Friday.
Because of this very short time frame, federal, state, and local providers must lean forward in their planning and make presumptions in regards to vaccination efforts. For example, we presume that the number of vaccines each provider receives will at least remain consistent and most likely increase as pharmaceutical companies develop a more robust supply chain.
So how does all this impact Beaufort County? Let's start with the presumptions. Based on conversations with state officials, past shipments, and our partnerships with other county providers, we presume that Beaufort County will continue to receive at least 400 first shot doses per week, hence the reason for scheduling 400 appointments for each week of January.
Now for the facts. On Thursday evenings, North Carolina provides us with the total number of vaccines we will receive for the following week. If we are scheduled to receive more than 400, we will expand our appointments accordingly for that week and issue a media release on how to schedule for those new appointments as soon as possible. If we will receive less than 400, we will cancel appointments accordingly and reschedule as soon as possible. (Cancellations will be messaged directly to the person scheduled using the communication methods provided when the appointment was made.)
Beaufort County will physically receive those doses by carrier on Monday or Tuesday and will have until Friday to administer the entire quantity.
This entire process is completed weekly for 1st dose vaccines.
The 2nd vaccine dose uses an entirely different concept. Those shipments are received less frequently, and the quantities of those shipments are intended to provide you with enough 2nd dose vaccines to meet your current needs at any given time.
Beaufort County will be hosting drive-thru testing in January 2021 as follows:
"Find My Testing Place"
- Every Monday from 11am–5pm at Fresh Anointing Church (820 NC Hwy 33 Aurora, NC)
- Every Tuesday from 9am–1pm at Cornerstone Church (1918W 5th St. Washington, 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 a testing location near you by using the following link:
NC Community Spread Map (Updated: 1/30)
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).
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