First Dare County case of COVID-19 announced

By on March 25, 2020

Patient ‘doing well,’ case not example of community spread

(Dare County)

“The individual has been self-isolating since being tested and doing well,” according to Dr. Sheila Davies, Director of the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services. It is believed the individual acquired the virus through travel or direct contact. This is not a case of community spread.

This case will not show up as a Dare County case with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services because a Dare County address was not used when the individual was tested.

Dare County Department of Health & Human Services staff is conducting an active investigation into this individual’s activity. Anyone who is determined to have had direct contact with the individual will be contacted.

Dare County Department of Health & Human Services will not release further details about the individual to protect their privacy.

Dare County Department of Health & Human Services will continue to update our community regularly about COVID-19 in Dare County. Strong coordination between Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, Dare County Emergency Management, Outer Banks Hospital, and local healthcare providers is occurring to identify and manage any person who develops signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

General information about COVID-19 in North Carolina can be found here or call the NC COVID-19 hotline at 866.462.3821. For more information about COVID-19 in Dare County, visit or call 252.475.5008.




  • Penny Robbins

    Safe Place
    Tourists want to come to Dare County because it is a safe environment. They want to get out of their cities. We just all need to be safe and to think of others during this crisis.

    Wednesday, Mar 25 @ 9:30 pm
  • I Double Dog Dare You

    ‘A Dare County address was not used when the individual was tested,’ would indicate the individual has a permanent residence outside of Dare County, hence why it is not being reported as a Dare County case (even though they are now currently in Dare County). Along with, ‘…the individual acquired the virus through travel or direct contact. This is not a case of community spread,’ points to this person contracted the virus elsewhere, then came to Dare County. If this person is from Currituck or other neighboring counties, or was here before the ban on non-resident property owners, fair enough, can’t undo that. Otherwise, yes, it would seem outsiders pose the biggest risk. All this reminds me of The Shelter episode of ‘The Twilight Zone;’ ‘for civilization to survive, the human race has to remain civilized.’ No need to battering ram your way onto our island (peninsula if you want to be pedantic) that we live on, while you sat around for three days between the closing of the bridge to visitors and non-resident property owners. If you really needed/wanted to be here, you would have gotten here. Stay where you are; it’s in all of our best interests for slowing the spread of the virus.

    Wednesday, Mar 25 @ 11:50 pm
  • Loc dog

    Be nice to have more information.

    Wednesday, Mar 25 @ 11:54 pm
  • Resident

    This person, I dare you, has commented continuously after the county decided to close the outer Banks to NRO’s. Snide comments, just like the last one on this list. Example…the residents “can get off their high horses now”. We as residents, with family, hard working people, do not appreciate this rhetoric. We cannot make the decisions for the county and actually appreciate some isolation for us and our families. This is part of the reason we decided to live here, some isolation, instead of making it our second home by living somewhere where I personally would easily make double the salary for my profession, for example.

    If you as a platform are going to not post things that are causing argument and sowing discontent, please stop posting this person’s comments. The person admits they are not a home owner here, neither resident nor non-resident. All this amounts to is posting troll-like comments and we do not get a chance to counter the argument. He is fishing for replies so he can call us dumb, illiterate liberals. He did so in a previous comment string. Please do not let this person get the opportunity to put us down without a chance to respond.

    Thursday, Mar 26 @ 5:14 am
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    Thursday, Mar 26 @ 7:15 am
  • Barred from entry

    Making a very deliberate case to say it isn’t a Dare Co spreading case in an attempt to justify the what should be illegal travel ban. I am sure all the workers who come and go are clean. Only the non resident property owners are infected. Sit back an wait for it to spread. The ban only introduced a slight delay for eventual spread.

    Thursday, Mar 26 @ 8:20 am
  • Grant

    Barred from entry…yes and any delay to outbreak buys time for treatment options to emerge, and allows hospitals to flow out or “flatten” the spike of patients who require ventilators and critical beds. Both of which are in ridiculous low supply on this stretch of land. What part of this is difficult to understand?

    Thursday, Mar 26 @ 9:45 am
  • Be kind

    Can The voice find out —-If the person cannot be counted on North Carolina data base ,then what state was the person added too? Also can they tell the public where this person visited on OBX and what areas were exposed? Will hazmat professionals clean the home infected with virus so cleaners are not exposed to this contagious SARS-COVID19 virus? If the home is a rental , will the following renters be notified that the house was infected? These are all realistic questions.
    Remember it was 1 person who infected New Rochelle New York and the town was finally shut on by governor after the fact.
    Kudos to Dare County for being PRO active instead of RE active .

    I hope this gets posted because you didn’t post my last comment ,but are posting nasty comments degrading the year round residents from “I DARE YOU “all over the place . As to The NRO , yes they pay HO taxes , you also make significant profits that don’t get put back into this community.

    Thursday, Mar 26 @ 10:04 am
  • Barred from entry

    The lock down is pointless. Workers will infect your isolated island.

    Thursday, Mar 26 @ 10:33 am
  • Ryan Scarborough

    To truly protect the residents in the OBX, the only way to delay the spread is to stop residents from leaving the island, then returning. The infected individual should also transfer/relocate to somewhere outside the OBX. The OBX doesn’t have an adequate ICU to care for patients with COVID, let alone adequate isolation rooms.

    As you can see from the Johns Hopkins counter at very few areas are spared in the USA.

    Thursday, Mar 26 @ 10:34 am
  • Gimmie a break

    So, Barred from Entry, by your logic it’s better to just get it over with and spread the virus sooner? Mostly, visitors are not coming to “check on their property”, they are going to bring their family and friends increasing the odds greatly that our health system could be overwhelmed. Maybe there’s a chance we’ll only have a few cases. Maybe not… They close the bridges for hurricanes sometimes too. Is that an illegal travel ban?

    Thursday, Mar 26 @ 12:34 pm
  • KHer

    Well, I commented on i dare you’s comments early on yesterday. Same as most of you here are saying. But my post disappeared. Moderation iffy here.

    Thursday, Mar 26 @ 12:58 pm
  • ottoman

    If these comments are OBXrs I really don’t know my community.

    Finger pointing, misrepresenting facts, prejudice, fear.

    Keep buying toilet paper.

    Thursday, Mar 26 @ 3:33 pm