Dare County reports second COVID-19 case

By on March 31, 2020

New infection not acquired via community spread

(Dare County)

On March 31, the Dare County Division of Public Health announced the second positive test result for COVID-19 in Dare County. The first positive test was reported on Wednesday morning, March 25. The two cases are not connected.

“The individual has been self-isolating since being tested last week and continues to be monitored,” 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 direct contact when out of the area. This is not a case of community spread. The individual’s spouse has also been tested but we have not yet received the test result.

Similar to the first reported case, this case will not show up as a Dare County case with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Although the test was performed in Dare County, the individual did not provide a Dare County address when being tested. Dare County Department of Health & Human Services will not release further details about the individual to protect their privacy.

In accordance with state guidelines for communicable disease reporting, 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 will be notified by public health staff.

Dare County Department of Health & Human Services will continue to provide regular updates for our community regarding COVID-19. We appreciate the strong coordination between our agency, North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, Dare County Emergency Management, Outer Banks Hospital, and local healthcare providers to identify and manage any person who develops signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for each of us to do our part by following the social distancing guidance and other recommendations from the CDC and NC DHHS for the protection of public health. Residents are encouraged to rely on credible sources for updated information regarding COVID-19. Visit the CDC website www.cdc.gov/coronavirus or NCDHHS at www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus. For information specific to Dare County, visit www.darenc.com/covid19.

The Dare County COVID-19 Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to help address your questions on COVID-19 and can be reached at 252.475.5008.

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  • The other Mike

    Stuff a sock in it cheetah, it’s pretty clear the positive tests were from people here that reside elsewhere. They are still not considered Dare county cases for this very reason. “Nasty non-resident” is an inferred quote and not how we all feel. However, THE PLAIN FACT IS MORE PEOPLE TRAVELLING, THE MORE CHANCE OF VIRAL TRANSFER! That is the position of Dare, Currituck and Hyde counties, we the residents just happen to live under these regulations, we don’t create policy. There are still quite a few non-residents here, pure selfishness.

    Wednesday, Apr 1 @ 5:52 am
  • Capt

    OK, I believe that many of these residents of OBX already have a disease, it may not be the CoronaVirus but the disease of hate & ignorance.
    I drive a company vehicle which has out of state tags, I AM A RESIDENT OF HATTERAS ISLAND…..From the 24 year old to the 80 year old lady walking her poodle back on Diamond Shoals Road, I have heard disparaging comments and nasty language from these individuals just about every day, at different locations, due to the state in which my vehicle is tagged (It’s Just not North Carolina) I am embarrassed and disappointed at the response of the island residents…I kept on saying it was only from an ignorant few but as it seems, it is coming from many more that just the few. To be honest, these verbal assaults make it seem like I am back in a nasty urban society/city rather than the beautiful island community which I love so much. I am sadden by the way this is playing out, the damage you guys are doing is reprehensible. I can forgive the 80 year old, she probably doesn’t know any better, but the rest of you…..give it a rest

    Sunday, Apr 5 @ 4:56 pm