TARBORO — A State of Emergency has been issued for Edgecombe County in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The order, which was effective at 10 a.m. Friday, was posted on the county’s Facebook page about mid-afternoon.

In a press release, county government officials noted that while there were no known cases of the disease in the county, the order was issued to promote the health and safety of Edgecombe County residents.

As a result of the county’s action, all county buildings — with the exception of certain services at the Health Department and the County Courthouse — are closed to the public.

County residents may call any county office for service and also may access a number of county services online at edgecombecountync.gov.

The Town of Tarboro and Edgecombe Community College also ramped up their respective responses on Friday — with both restricting public access, effective immediately.

Tarboro officials said the town will continue to provide administrative and utility services, including electric, water, sewer, trash and recycling collection. Recreation services will cease until further notice.

Staff will continue to report to work to perform their duties.

Previously, the town ceased all nonessential town events, gatherings and meetings and also closed the E.L. Roberson Senior Recreation Center until further notice.

Residents needing to make contact with the town may do so by calling 252-641-4200.

Utility payments can be made by utilizing the drop box located at the front entrance of Town Hall at 500 N. Main St. or by paying online at the payment portal on the town website at www.tarboro-nc.com.

At ECC, where face-to-face instruction and continuing education classes already had been put on hold, public access to both Tarboro and Rocky Mount campuses was closed, effective immediately.

Instructors spent the past week converting classes for an online format, which will begin Monday. Other classes, which already were in an online format, continued without interruption.

Some classes, such as welding, which do not lend themselves to online instruction, will resume meeting Monday in their face-to-face format with frequent cleanings and social distancing strategies implemented.

All staff will continue to report to work.