Dare County records sixth case of COVID-19

By on April 5, 2020

Case may be example of community spread

(Dare County)

The Dare County Division of Public Health has announced the sixth positive test result for COVID-19 in Dare County. The individual is a resident who was tested in Dare County.

“The individual is currently in isolation and being monitored,” according to Dr. Sheila Davies, Director of the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services. It is unknown at this time how the individual acquired the virus. It is possible that this individual may have acquired the virus from an asymptomatic individual, indicating community spread.

“The CDC shared this week that as many as 25% of the people infected with the COVID-19 virus may not show symptoms. At this point we believe community spread is likely, as we have not found any connection between this individual and any other individuals who tested positive in Dare County,” commented Davies.

Public health staff continues to conduct active investigations into any individual’s activity that tests positive for COVID-19. Anyone who is determined to have had direct contact will be notified by public health staff.

Given the likelihood that we are starting to see community spread of COVID-19 it is imperative that everyone in Dare County follow the Stay Home – Stay Healthy order and restrict all non-essential movement. Only go out when absolutely necessary. Avoid direct contact, other than immediate family members. Practice good hygiene.

There is a large amount of information circulating about COVID-19, much of which is incorrect and which, in some cases, shows an inaccurate count for Dare County. We cannot stress enough the importance of relying on official sources. Visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus or NCDHHS at www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus. For information specific to Dare County, visit www.darenc.com/covid19. You can find the most updated number of positive tests for Dare County at this site.

For more information about COVID-19 in Dare County, visit darenc.com/covid19. The Dare County COVID-19 Call Center will reopen on Monday, April 6 at 8:30 a.m. and can be reached at 252.475.5008.

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  • anthony

    I would be curious as to how many of these cases are in Dare County and Currituck.
    I’m seeing reports of cases being reported but the resident is not in the county at this time or has not been in the area since January.
    Better information would be how many cases both residents and visitors are in the county at the present time.

    We should all be practicing distancing and only going out when needed. Be safe.

    Sunday, Apr 5 @ 11:01 am


    I’ve made my home here in Nags Head since the early 90’s and I have been coming to the Outer Banks since the mid-70’s. The lure back then was hang gliding at Jockey’s Ridge Sand Dunes. I was a young man, barely 20 years old, and couldn’t believe how lucky I was to discover this beautiful strip of land strung between two bodies of water.

    As I put down roots here, I came to understand that the physical beauty of this place wasn’t it’s most outstanding feature; it was the people here. Entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, chefs, surfers, business people, builders, trade professionals, medical practitioners, pilots, dreamers…the list goes on and on. The thread that held everyone together was a shared community spirit of giving and a “can do ” attitude when any challenge arose. We need this attitude now more than ever and I am concerned that collectively we are letting fear dominate our thinking and response to this crisis. We need to be our best right now and I know that we will.

    We are all being affected by this virus in so many ways. We are all of course concerned about our safety. Many are also concerned about their ability to survive economically and the devastation that can bring to their families for years to come.

    There is a balance to be struck. We need to start thinking about what this might look like and plan for it. Do we have a phased “return to normal” where we re-open all businesses for residents, then expand that to allowing non-resident property owners to come and enjoy their homes and then open to tourists? For those wanting to exercise extended periods of caution there is nothing to prohibit them from observing stay at home practices.
    Can we as a community accept some level of risk at some point so our neighbors can return to work in time to escape the worst economic effects of this crisis? Can we sacrifice somewhat for each other? I hope we can find our way towards this end – it will require thinking with our hears as well as our brains.

    Sunday, Apr 5 @ 12:13 pm

    Sorry for the typo. Meant to say “thinking with our HEARTS as well as our brains.

    Sunday, Apr 5 @ 12:23 pm

    And you will seek ME and find ME when you search for ME with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

    Sunday, Apr 5 @ 2:25 pm
  • James

    Tom, I’m not returning to work until it is safe. Health over wealth.

    Sunday, Apr 5 @ 11:44 pm
  • Cosimo Rinaudo

    I understand the need to maintain health privacy, but as a precautionary measure, why aren’t the names of the Dare County folks who are infected published? It would be nice to know one came in contact with any of these people.

    Sunday, Apr 5 @ 11:55 pm
  • DrRobBob

    I will like to applaud of Dare County political leadership and the pubic health professionals (Dare County Division of Public Health, OBX Hospital,…..) for their recent actions to protect the health of Dare County residents. When the phased access restrictions went into effect they may have been somewhat draconian but in retrospect they were anticipatory. Leadership is about imaging a future (good and bad) and anticipating steps to get to that desired state. Having healthy and productive citizens is a public good. We have to protect that for ALL residents of Dare. Investments in public goods (clean water, clean air, education, public health,…) is the province of government. What we are vividly seeing now with the COVID19 pandemic and an operational example of investment a public good (Public Health). Additionally the folks who work in these fields are professionals not just “workers” a term that is somewhat demeaning. (As an aside, if you are an attorney would you want to be referred to as a “law worker”; a journalist as a “news worker”,…..) The term “worker” is an industrial age artifact. Let’s collectively start referring to these folks providing public goods as “professionals”. If you as a citizen want professional service as evidenced in the Dare County response to the pandemic, it is incumbent on us as citizens to start referring to them as “professionals”. As far as “reopening” the OBX, decisions should be data driven. Science matters!! Sure, there are valid business interests in-play but they should be down the list of decision criteria. It makes no sense to have an influx of folks who may have no COVID19 symptoms but yet carry the virus thereby exacerbating community spread with all its negative effects. Plus on a humorous note, the toilet paper shortage would be horrendous.

    Monday, Apr 6 @ 5:54 am
  • Our OBX

    The hospital is a limited resource.
    In the name of Public Health, the board has decided to protect this limited resource by limiting the population.
    The limited population is a Public Good.

    The commissioners created this Public Good by dividing property owners into two groups, the Ingroup who is allowed to use their property and the Outgroup who is not allowed to use their property.

    The benefits of this Public Good are given exclusively to the Ingroup.
    The entire burden of creating and bearing the cost of the Public Good is placed on the Outgroup.

    Those who benefit from the Public Good should be the ones to pay for it, not those who receive no benefit at all.

    Monday, Apr 6 @ 1:38 pm
  • You Ship 'em Anyway

    Honestly, All of the COVID patients get shipped to Virginia Hospitals anyway.

    SOOO that begs the questions, should Virginia allow NON-Virginia-Residents to dwindle OUR supplies and OUR facilities??

    It’s funny how people can act when the shoe is on the other foot!

    I’m Sorry OBX, you made your bed, you must sleep in it, please pull all of your sick COVID patients back to your “resource” because that is what you have been trying to protect.

    You cannot have your cake and eat it too!!!

    Tuesday, Apr 7 @ 10:08 am
  • The other Mike

    Our OBX,
    So if I understand you correctly, the local government should shift the cost burden to the local population for a few weeks? How would you implement such a strategy? This has all happened through no fault of our own…Being the virus and the decisions made by our local officials…so punish the working(non-working) people? We are also taxpayers here… As far I as know, the hospital is not run by dare county/government. It is Vidant owned and operated….

    Sorry, just don’t understand your fully understandable statement that those who pay should be able to use…use the hospital??

    Tuesday, Apr 7 @ 12:34 pm