The Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners will once again close its meeting to the public when the body gathers for its August meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, according to a press release issued by County Manager Eric Evans.

The meeting will be held in the Carmon Auditorium on the ground floor of the County Administration Building at 201 St. Andrew St. in Tarboro.

The press release said the closed meeting is part of the county’s effort to work through the COVID-19 public health emergency in a way to best protect the health and safety of county residents.

Evans said the public is encouraged to submit any public comments via email to publiccomments@edgecombeco.com by 5 p.m. on Sunday. Public comments may also be submitted by mail addressed to Eric Evans, County Manager, P.O. Box 10, Tarboro, NC 27886. All public comments submitted by 5 p.m. on Aug. 2 will be read at the meeting.

Evans said the public is also encouraged to listen to the meeting by calling 1-929-205-6099 and entering 848-4297-4423 as the meeting ID.

In the press release, it was noted that Edgecombe County is complying with all applicable federal, state and local guidelines and recommendations including those from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state Department of Health and Human Services and the Edgecombe County Health Department on social distancing and protective measures that should be taken to decrease the spread of COVID-19.

On March 20, in accordance with state law and Edgecombe County’s Code of Ordinances, county board Chairman Leonard Wiggins proclaimed a State of Emergency for Edgecombe County regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Through this proclamation of a State of Emergency, Edgecombe County imposed restrictions on access to county-owned property, which included restricting access of county-owned buildings to the public. This action was taken to maintain public order and to protect the health and safety of Edgecombe County residents by limiting the spread of COVID-19.

According to data released by the Edgecombe County Health Department, there have been 470 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county as of Thursday.