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COVID-19 update, March 28, 2020

Click HERE to read the latest update from Beaufort County Emergency Services, Beaufort County Health Department and Beaufort ... Read more | Add your comment

COVID-19: state stats at a glance, March 28

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in North Carolina continued to rise 844 on Friday to 1,012 on ... Read more | Add your comment

Mitigating COVID-19

The criteria for who gets tested for COVID-19 has changed, as the state makes a strategic shift in ... Read more | Add your comment

Unemployment numbers at record high

At the state and national level, unemployment claims reached a record high this week, with 3.3 million Americans ... Read more | Add your comment


The best reason of all

“And then the whole world walked inside and shut their doors and said — We will stop it all. Everything. To protect our weaker ones. ... Read more | Add your comment

by WDN Editorial Board.


Public health or economic health?

Everyone’s heard that old phrase, “between a rock and a hard place,” and that’s exactly where North Carolina’s governor is in deciding whether or not ... Read more | Add your comment

by Matt Debnam.


Law enforcement continues services with extra precautions

As COVID-19 cases increase daily, local law enforcement agencies continue to offer many of the same services they normally do, but delivery of those services ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Friday, March 27, 2020 6:48 pm

Beaufort County

Pungo student raises money for water wells in Uganda

Pungo Christian Academy sophomore Hannah Van Staalduinen put in a lot of hard work to make a 13-month-long project come to fruition. She has been ... Read more

by Mitchell Thomas, Friday, March 27, 2020 6:35 pm


Governor enacts statewide stay-at-home order

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has issued a statewide stay-at-home order, effective at 5 p.m. Monday. Cooper urged North Carolinans to begin staying at home ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Friday, March 27, 2020 4:11 pm


House passes $2.2T rescue package, rushes it to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting with exceptional resolve in an extraordinary time, the House rushed President Donald Trump a $2.2 trillion rescue package Friday, tossing a ... Read more

by The Associated Press, Friday, March 27, 2020 1:46 pm


Beaufort County Schools announces additional meal sites

Beaufort County Schools has announced five additional sites where local kids can receive meals while schools remain closed. Each child can receive a hot lunch ... Read more

by The Daily News, Friday, March 27, 2020 10:13 am


Manufacturers find new purpose in COVID-19 crisis

With approximately 80 companies employing close to 3,800 people, Beaufort County’s manufacturing sector has a strong capability to make things during normal times. Now, with ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Thursday, March 26, 2020 7:17 pm


Officials: Beware COVID-19 scams, price gouging

In times of crisis, there are always those who seek to take advantage of others. During the current outbreak of COVID-19, state and local officials ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Thursday, March 26, 2020 7:13 pm


Washington, Belhaven docks remain open amid virus threat

Though Washington’s waterfront docks and Dowry Creek Marina are open for dockage, boaters are staying aboard their vessels in response to COVID-19. While operations are ... Read more

by Mitchell Thomas, Thursday, March 26, 2020 7:00 pm


CDC: People with mild symptoms should stay home

For people who think they might have COVID-19 and have mild symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends they stay home and ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:12 pm


Risk and reward

In the midst of a pandemic, opinions, like rumors, are prevalent. Currently, one of the hot topics is the need for social distancing to prevent ... Read more

by WDN Editorial Board, Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:41 pm


City of Washington declares state of emergency

The City of Washington has declared a state of emergency, which was signed by Mayor Mac Hodges and put into effect March 25. The full ... Read more

by The Daily News, Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:19 pm


JSS Principal: no danger of student exposure after employee family member tests positive for COVID-19

The family member of an employee at John Small Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a social media post and phone call ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:39 pm


Health director: close, not casual, contact spreads COVID-19

A Walgreens employee was one of two people in Beaufort County whose COVID-19 tests returned positive on Tuesday, Walgreens corporate office in Deerfield, Illinois, confirmed ... Read more

by Vail Stewart Rumley, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:06 pm

Beaufort County

County officials say stay home, no order recommended

As counties and municipalities throughout the state begin issuing orders for their residents to stay at home, Beaufort County officials are urging area residents to ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 7:46 pm


Resources available for those in need

With grocery and retail stores struggling to keep up with public demand, a number of nonprofit organizations and churches are working to make sure no ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 7:35 pm


Hotline available for critical workers who need childcare

From the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has partnered with the North Carolina ... Read more

by The Daily News, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 2:18 pm


City taking extra precautions for emergency services personnel

The City of Washington is working to reduce the spread of COVID-19, through social distancing while still maintaining service to the public. In order to ... Read more

by City of Washington, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 1:02 pm


BCCC postpones graduation ceremony, stays online for remainder of spring semester

Beaufort County Community College is postponing its scheduled May 15 graduation ceremony until a later date. Given North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 120 ... Read more

by Beaufort County Community College, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 12:12 pm


White House, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill

By ANDREW TAYLOR, LISA MASCARO and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced agreement early ... Read more

by The Associated Press, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 9:46 am

Beaufort County

Beaufort County Register of Deeds office abides by CDC recommendations

From the Office of the Beaufort County Register of Deeds   Jennifer Leggett Whitehurst, Beaufort County Register of Deeds, announced temporary changes in all in-person ... Read more

by The Daily News, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:19 pm


A compassionate comeback

The status quo has been broken. The typical American way of life has been altered, perhaps permanently, in some ways. Under the stress of the ... Read more

by WDN Editorial Board, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 7:44 pm


The Hackney in Washington producing hand sanitizer in response to COVID-19

While many businesses are closed and/or employees are being instructed to work from home, The Hackney in Washington, makers of 1000 Piers gin, is finding ... Read more

by Mitchell Thomas, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 5:49 pm

Beaufort County

Two cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Beaufort County

By MATT DEBNAM and VAIL STEWART RUMLEY Washington Daily News Local health officials have confirmed the first cases of COVID-19 in Beaufort County. Two people ... Read more

by The Daily News, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 5:36 pm


School system donates protective gear to hospital

Amidst a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment for medical professionals, Beaufort County Schools has donated PPE from its health sciences CTE programs to Vidant ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 5:30 pm


Golden LEAF deploys $15 million in funding to launch NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program

ROCKY MOUNT — The Golden LEAF Foundation announces $15 million in funding to launch a rapid recovery loan program in response to economic losses related ... Read more

by Golden LEAF Foundation, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 5:22 pm