CARTERET COUNTY — The Carteret County Health Department announced Thursday two more residents have died from complications associated with COVID-19, bringing the county’s death toll to 19.

In a release, the county said both deaths occurred Thursday, and both were individuals in their 70s with preexisting health conditions. To protect the families’ privacy, no additional information about the patients will be released.

“The Health Department extends their deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of these residents,” Health Director Stephanie Cannon said in the release. “Carteret County, like many parts of NC and the US, continues to see high levels of community transmission of COVID-19. We know this virus can be very serious and deadly and we encourage the public to take the necessary steps to protect their family and friends as they gather during the Thanksgiving holiday.”

Ms. Cannon went on to say there are steps residents can take to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including keeping holiday gatherings small and outdoors, wearing face masks when around others, staying home when sick, washing hands often and considering getting tested before spending time with family and friends. 

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Unfortunately there is less mask use than ever. Went to the grocery store in Beaufort and mask use was low, at the local hamburger joint mask wearing was ZERO. And I am including the employees and management......


I do not expect mgrs and staff of businesses to get into it with customers over masks. They should post signs saying no mask no service. If the mgr and staff are not wearing masks, I won't spend a dollar there. Gas stations seem to be the worst 7 am 8-10 people in there no masks, no social distance. Thank god for pay at the pump.


Yup, one maskless store manager told me they were “unconcerned” about the spreading of the virus or the deaths that are occurring. And yes, we are boycotting businesses who do not care about their communities. It’s impossible to be concerned with the longevity/survival of businesses who don’t care about your own health/safety. The aforementioned burger joint ^ was shoulder to shoulder, no tables distanced, no masks in sight for anyone. There were approximately fifty people in a 1200 square foot dining area. I won’t be going back.....ever......


Not necessarily my view, but another point of view:

If wearing a mask stopped anything then why are numbers climbing? The CDC explains, “A cloth face covering may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others.”


Wearing a seat belt may not stop you from dying in a car accident, but it improves the odds considerably. Possibly the numbers are rising because half the country emulates the president who rarely if ever wears a mask. Not to mention such foolish quotes as " we have turned the cornor" or it will disappear like a miracle" too bad we dident have adult leadership.


Pretty simple solution that people will not follow - wear a mask and maintain physical distancing - thus, the increasing positive cases and deaths. It is illogical to me that a person expects a surgeon to wear a mask to prevent them from getting an infection but will refuse to wear a mask to keep from infecting their neighbors.

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