COVID-19: state stats at a glance

Published 6:32 pm Thursday, September 17, 2020

New, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Beaufort County numbered 19 on Thursday. There are now 217 active cases in the county, 13 people are hospitalized and two people are currently on ventilators, according to the Thursday update from Beaufort County Emergency Services and Beaufort County Health Department.

According to the update, 711 of the 940 total positive cases have recovered from the virus; 15 Beaufort County residents have died — seven of those in the space of six days in mid-August, three between Sept. 10 and Sept. 17, and another four are under investigation.

All active cases are self-isolating, the update reads.

The total number of cases that have been confirmed in the U.S. rose from 6,620,189 Wednesday to Thursday; these numbers include 2,525,573 people in the U.S. presumed recovered from COVID-19. The U.S. has the highest total number of cases worldwide; worldwide, there have been 29,992,968 confirmed cases. Nationwide, 197,397 deaths have been attributed to the virus, an increase of 932 overnight.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in North Carolina continued to rise from 188,024 Wednesday to 189, 576 Thursday. There have been 3,180 deaths in the state attributed to the virus, an increase of 31 overnight. The state currently has 894 COVID-19 associated hospitalizations and 167,257 people are presumed recovered from the virus in North Carolina.

Eastern North Carolina counties total COVID-19 cases as of Thursday numbered (does not include number of recovered): Bertie (523), Beaufort (940), Bladen (814), Brunswick (1,508), Carteret (599), Camden (107), Chowan (293), Columbus (1,290), Craven (1,210), Currituck (141); Dare (255), Duplin (2,179), Edgecombe (1,222), Gates (114), Greene (495), Halifax (942), Hertford (658), Hyde (124), Jones (143), Lenoir (924), Martin (408), New Hanover (3,798), Northampton (395), Onslow (1,772), Pamlico (224), Pasquotank (638), Pender (865), Perquimans (167), Pitt (4,428), Sampson (1,737), Tyrrell (111), Washington (198), Wayne (3,085) and Wilson (2,004). Durham (7,909), Mecklenburg (27,235) and Wake (16,663) counties have the most cases in North Carolina.

There had been 14,814 tests completed in Beaufort County as of Thursday, with 13,777 negatives, 931 positives and 106 pending. These are cumulative numbers and include tests performed at the health department and reporting private medical facilities through the county. Nine of Beaufort County’s cases were tested in other counties but are Beaufort County 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,” the Wednesday update reads. Outbreaks in long-term care facilities were found to be a heavy influence on the positivity rates experience over that time period, it says.

The update reminded county residents to “practice the Three W’s:” wear face coverings, wait six feet apart and wash your hands often.