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Health department reports 4 COVID deaths over past two days

Beaufort County has lost four of its residents to COVID-19 over the past two days.

According to a press release from the Beaufort County Health Department, one individual passed away on Saturday, and was the 200th laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case in the county. Another died early this morning and was the 369th laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case in the county. The other two deaths occurred today, as well, according to the press release.

“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,” said Jim Madson, director of the Beaufort County Health Department.

To protect the family’s privacy, the health department will not be releasing any further information.

“Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers, as well as others who continue to battle against COVID-19,” the press release states.

Beaufort County currently has had 428 COVID-19 confirmed tests since March, with 139 active cases and 289 recovered. To date, there have been 5,063 tests completed, with approximately 56 tests results pending. Six of those who tested positive for the virus have died.

For questions and concerns regarding COVID-19, the health department encourages residents to continue to visit its website at co.beaufort.nc.us/departments/human-services/public-health/2019-coronavirus-covid-19 to get the most updated information regarding COVID-19, executive orders, testing and other information. Additional questions or concerns can be sent to bchealth@bchd.net.

The health department advises residents continue to protect yourself and others by:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Practice social distancing (maintain at least six 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 throwing 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).