Monday covid cases

This map shows confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Carteret County by zip code as of Monday afternoon. The numbers in parentheses represent deaths. (Carteret County map)

CARTERET COUNTY — The Carteret County Health Department is partnering with Goshen Medical Center to offer community COVID-19 testing events at locations throughout the county during the week of Monday, July 20.

Monday, the county reported 21 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the last update Friday.

According to the county’s novel coronavirus dashboard, there are 62 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 as of Monday afternoon. In total Carteret County has reported 154 cases of the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Four people have died in the county as a result of the virus, and 88 have recovered.

In addition, as of Monday, the county reports four residents with COVID-19 are hospitalized at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City.

According to a Monday news release from county officials on the testing, the events are open to all residents of Carteret County. Individuals will be required to preregister by calling 910-267-2044 to make an appointment.

There are no out-of-pocket costs for the COVID-19 test. However, if individuals have health insurance, they will need to provide their health insurance information at the testing event.

Testing locations and times are as follows:

·     July 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Smyrna Elementary/Down East Middle School, 174 Marshallberg Road, Smyrna. Enter using the entrance off Highway 70.

·     Tuesday, July 21, 2 p.m.-6 p.m., West Carteret High School, 4700 Country Club Road, Morehead City. Enter using the west entrance leading to the bus parking lot.

·     Thursday, July 23, 2 p.m.-6 p.m., Croatan High School, 3335 Highway 24, Newport. Testing will occur in the teacher’s parking lot.

·     Saturday, Aug. 8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Carteret County Health Department, 3820 Bridges St., Morehead City. Enter using west entrance.

“Over the past few weeks, the demand for testing has dramatically increased and we see value in adding additional sites to increase testing capacity in Carteret County,” Carteret County Health Director Stephanie Cannon said in the release. “We hope increased testing will allow us to have a more accurate picture of what is happening in our community and help us in our fight to stop the spread of the virus.”

Due to the demand for this service, the county anticipates there could be significant wait times at the drive-thru testing sites and requests residents be patient.

As part of the Monday dashboard update, Carteret County health care providers, including the health department, reported 2,901 people had been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 2,505 tests came back negative, two inconclusive and results are pending for 240.

 

(4) comments

SandFiddler

My thoughts are with those hospitalized along with their families, pray they are receiving good care and will come home soon. Hopefully, Carteret Healthcare will have a better grip on COVID-19 than they did with the rampant MRSA fiasco several years ago. Afterall they do enjoy awards and positive patient surveys. When beds overflow at Carteret, perhaps some COVID field hospital tents could be put on Atlantic Beach. The Cooper family might want to film another horror movie while it's there, called COVID Leviathan, Disastrous Summer Vacation, or something like that. Some field tents could also be put in the parking lot on Beaufort waterfront, at Courthouse Square or better yet in the Branch Bank parking lot across from town hall. Our leaders across the county, including BDA nonprofit, must be reminded of what happened when they opened the flood gates to tourists who did not heed to "social distancing and other measures". April 17, 2020 News Times article entitled "BDA asks Beaufort to close checkpoints..." quoted Mayor Newton's comment which was : “Having thousands of visitors flood into Beaufort is not the right solution when NC COVID-19 positives and deaths are still increasing linearly.” Obviously the Mayor was right.

beachmami13

Wow! What a shocker! There are more cases when you encourage more tourists to come here? Wow. Wouldn't have known. Ridiculous as the $$ those in charge get due to more tourists is much larger than the local service workers who are expected to work for such low wages.

mpjeep

Seems mayor Newton was correct. I wish my mayor Cooper, of Atlantic Beach, would have had the foresight to shut things down. Instead he is with the crowds on the beach.

beachmami13

Heard a rumor 3 restaurants in EI are shut down b/c of this...any shut down in AB?

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