Jared Brumbaugh

All Things Considered Host / News Coordinator

Jared Brumbaugh is the News Coordinator for Public Radio East, covering health and the environment.  His news spots and feature stories can be heard during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  Jared is the recipient of five North Carolina Associated Press Awards for "Best Feature," "General News," "Best Health Report," "Best Weather Report," and "Best Consumer Report." When not at the station, he enjoys hiking, traveling and honing his culinary skills.

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The City of Jacksonville says the Freedom Fountain is working again after a soapy substance was added to the water Tuesday night causing it to foam.  On Wednesday morning, city crews were at the site cleaning the fountain and assessing the damage. Lisa Miller, Jacksonville's media services manager, told PRE that the city estimates the cost of the clean up to be between $500 and $1000. The city is working with police department to access security footage to determine who is responsible for the vandalism. The Freedom Fountain on New Bridge St.


Nearly all 10,000 employees at state-operated healthcare facilities are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  According to a news release from the NC Department of Health and Human Services, 16 individuals were dismissed for non-compliance with the mandatory vaccination requirement that went into effect September 30th.

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North Carolina Oyster Week, which runs from Oct. 11-15, celebrates the ecology, economy and culture of the bivalve mollusk. Desired for their unique flavor, wild-caught and cultivated oysters support local economies across the state. The state's shellfish industry provides over $27 million in economic impact and more than 500 jobs, according to a recent study from North Carolina State University. Oysters also help improve water quality by filtering up to 50 gallons of water per day.

Carteret County was awarded a $650,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense National Defense Community Infrastructure Program to partially fund shoreline and infrastructure protection measures on Radio Island.  The restoration project involves dredging 35,360 cubic yards of material from East Taylors Creek and placing it along approximately 2,775 linear feet of Radio Island.  The shoreline has experienced significant erosion due to frequent storms.  

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A project to replace the White Oak River railroad trestle bridge in Stella will begin Oct. 8, 2021. The bridge is part of the 34-mile rail line that moves heavy military freight between Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. The replacement project also includes building a temporary work platform to aid in demolition and installation activities. Pile driving operations for the platform and new bridge will occur Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is now reporting data about COVID-19 reinfections.  According to information collected between March 1, 2020 and September 20, 2021, 10,812 people in the state tested positive for a second time after having a laboratory confirmed case at least 90 days prior.

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More than 10 million pounds of litter has been collected from North Carolina roadsides this year, nearly breaking the state’s record set in 2019.  According to a news release, the announcement comes after the two week Fall Litter Sweep, in which more than 418,000 lbs. of litter was picked up statewide. About 40% of the roadside litter was collected from Division 2, which includes Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Pamlico and Pitt counties. Officials say the agency and it’s partners will break the 2019 record of 10.5 million pounds within one month.

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More than $29 million in grant funding was awarded to 13 airports across North Carolina for safety and improvement projects.  $5.3 million will go to Hyde County Airport for pavement rehabilitation on the runway, replacement of navigational aids, and construction of turnarounds. Michael J. Smith Field in Carteret County will receive $400,000 for runway rehabilitation. $350,000 will fund the removal of buildings within the runway approach at Dare County Regional Airport.  Projects in Martin, Duplin, and Robeson counties were also approved for funding.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fishers says their Elizabeth City office will temporarily halt license sales beginning Friday.  According to a news release, the sale of licenses will be suspended until further notice. The public can contact one of the other DMF Offices in Morehead City, Manteo, Washington, or Wilmington for assistance pertaining to licences.  Coastal recreational fishing licenses can be purchased at many sporting goods stores, bait and tackle shops, and on the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission website.


North Carolina COVID-19 hospitalizations have fallen below 3,000 for the first time since August 20th. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rapidly increased across North Carolina this summer due to the spread of the more contagious Delta variant. According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 dashboard, as of Thursday, 2,943 people are currently hospitalized with the virus. 810 people are in Intensive Care units across the state.  4,765 new COVID-19 cases were reported since Wedneday. The daily percent of positive cases is at 7.7%.


Since last Monday, Onslow County reports six COVID-19 related deaths.  Of those, two were less than 65 years of age without underlying conditions. The recent fatalities bring Onslow's total number of deaths to 227. The number of active cases in the county has dropped by 976 cases since last Thursday.  Onslow Health Director Kristen Richmond Hoover said in a news release that Onslow has at least 17 open outbreaks and clusters of cases.

Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order on Friday extending proof-of-immunization and health assessment documentation deadlines for school and child care facilities.  According to a news release, Executive Order 234 does not waive documentation, but rather gives students and families more time to complete required vaccines and health assessments due to the increased demand on health care providers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Proof of required immunizations and health assessments are usually due within 30 days of the first date of attendance.  This year, the 30-day “grace period” for students will begin Nov. 1, 2021.


The Carteret County Department of Human Services said in a news release Tuesday that two residents, one in their 80s and the other in their 60s, died from complications of COVID-19.  Both had underlying health conditions and were hospitalized when they passed away.  The recent fatalities brings Carteret’s total number of deaths to 76 since the pandemic began.  The county also announced 76 new cases since Monday for a total of 7,588 cases.


The Onslow County Health Department reports that 18 residents have died from COVID-19 in the past week.  Eleven of those deaths were reported since Monday. According to a news release, seven of the individuals who died were under 65 years old and four were over 65 years old.  Since Monday, the County has averaged 259 cases per day. Onslow Health Director Kristen Richmond Hoover said in the release that Onslow has at least 14 open outbreaks and clusters of cases, including eight schools and two day-care facilities.

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It’s been three years since Hurricane Florence caused catastrophic damage in Eastern North Carolina.  Communities across the region are in various stages of recovery.  Most businesses that were damaged have reopened, homes in flood-prone areas are in the process of being elevated, and many residents have made some progress restoring their homes and getting their lives back to normal.  But in areas that were hit hard by the 2018 storm, like Craven County, the work is far from over.  PRE’s Jared Brumbaugh has more on the ongoing recovery efforts, which are happening in mostly rural and underserved areas of the county.

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President Biden is set to outline a new "six-pronged" strategy to combat rising coronavirus cases across the country. His remarks come as a surge of new COVID-19 cases has led to rising numbers of hospitalizations and deaths in many states.

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East Carolina University has identified two clusters of COVID-19 cases within some on-campus housing. According to a news release on Wednesday, eight cases were identified in Clement Residence Hall and six cases were identified at Garrett Residence Hall. The university said the indivduals in these clusters were identified and that they’re partnering with the Pitt County Health Department.

North Carolina hit a pandemic high for the number of adults in Intensive Care Units. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release that a record 912 adults were in the ICU on Thursday.  The number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators also reached a record high at 574. NCDHHS says unvaccinated people are more than 15 times more likely to die from COVID-19 compared to individuals who received the vaccine.  That’s according to new data in the weekly respiratory surveillance report.

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The N.C. Department of Information Technology’s Broadband Infrastructure Office is gathering information on locations across the state without adequate internet access and speeds.  The information collected from the survey informs research and policy recommendations. The data will also guide investment of funds through the state's Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology Grant program.

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The Carteret County Board of Education will require mandatory face covering wearing for all students and staff beginning Thursday, August 19, 2021.  Multiple media outlets report that the board voted Wednesday to require masks for the first two weeks of school.  The Board will meet again September 7th to reconsider the mask requirement. On Tuesday, Craven County Schools announced an updated policy that will require students and staff in pre-K-13 to wear masks due to an increase of COVID-19 cases.  Pitt County Schools voted on Monday in favor of mandating masks. 

Onslow County set a new one-day record for COVID-19 cases.  A total of 317 cases were reported Wednesday.  That breaks the previous record of 278, which was set on Jan. 5, 2021. The total number of positive cases since the pandemic began is now at 20,552. The county's test positivity rate is now at 13.6%.  According to a news release, the spike in COVID-19 cases is mostly among people who are unvaccinated.  Onslow Health officials urged everyone to take precautions to protect their health, including getting a vaccine.

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A series of virtual meetings are underway after the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) initiated an environmental review of the first proposed wind energy project off the North Carolina coast.

A bill requiring minors to get approval from their parents before receiving a COVID-19 shot in North Carolina was sent to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday. The measure passed with support from all but five House Democrats and previously cleared the state Senate unanimously. Americans who are at least 12 years old are currently eligible for the shot. Parental consent for the vaccine would be required once the bill becomes law but only apply as long as the COVID-19 shots remain approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use.


Data released by North Carolina state health officials shows residents are coming in for a COVID-19 vaccine in higher numbers. The numbers published Tuesday show at least 74,000 people got a first dose last week. This is the highest weekly count since mid-May. The rise in vaccinations comes as the more contagious delta variant is being widely spread across the state. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said those who come in for a first dose will soon qualify for $100. Over the past month, hospitalizations due to the virus have nearly quadrupled. The U.S.


State officials say residents in some Northeastern North Carolina counties should avoid coming into contact with an algal bloom in the Chowan River.  Counties currently affected include Chowan and Bertie Counties. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality's Divsion of Water Resources said in a news release that the algal bloom has lingered in the area since July 27, 2021.  The bloom has been observed near Edenton (from Arrowhead Beach to Rockyhock) and Colerain.

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune will require all personnel - vaccinated and unvaccinated - to wear a mask in indoor settings while aboard the installation. The requirement takes effect no later than Monday, August 2 at 8 a.m. and applies to all service members, dependents/beneficiaries (retirees), federal employees, onsite contractor employees, and visitors. Camp Lejeune announced the new mask policy following guidance from the Department of Defense in areas of substantial or high community transmission released Wednesday.

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One of North Carolina’s last privately owned undeveloped barrier islands is now conserved.  The 2.5-mile long Hutaff Island, located between Lea Island and Topsail Beach in southern Pender County, serves as nesting grounds for sea turtles and shorebirds. The island also has more than 1,000 acres of tidal marsh and creeks that serve as nursery habitat for fish, shrimp, and crabs. The conservation partnership involves The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, Audubon North Carolina and the Hutaff/McEachern family, funded by conservation philanthropist Tim Sweeney.

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The House select committee on the Jan. 6 insurrection is holding its first hearing. The committee has been plagued with partisan conflict but is pushing forward to investigate the events leading up to and during the riot at the U.S. Capitol. Watch the hearing live at 9:30 a.m.

At-home COVID-19 vaccinations are now available to North Carolinians who cannot leave their homes.  The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with the Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging for the new initiative.  Caregivers, providers, and individuals with limited mobility can schedule an at-home vaccination by completing an online form or by calling 1-866-303-0026.  The announcement comes as state health officials urge anyone 12 and over to get a vaccine as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads across North Carolina.


Two unvaccinated people are now among those who have died from COVID-19 in Onslow County in the last week.  Onslow County now has a total of 157 COVID-19 related deaths.  The highly contagious Delta variant, which was detected in the county on July 12, is likely leading to a surge in new cases. According to a news release, about 350 new cases were reported in the past week.  The county reports it’s seen a 163% increase in cases in the last two weeks.