Three new Dare cases of COVID-19 linked to direct contact

By on May 11, 2020

(Dare County)

Dare County received 3 new positive COVID-19 test results over the weekend. All three of these individuals who tested positive are Dare County residents and acquired the virus by direct contact. All direct contacts identified with these individuals were notified over the weekend.

The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Dare County is 21. Of those 21, 14 have recovered or are asymptomatically cleared, 1 died and 6 are active. Active means an individual currently has the COVID-19 virus and is being monitored daily by the health department. Of the 6 active cases, 1 is hospitalized and the other 5 are recovering in home isolation.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19 cases in Dare County and the State of North Carolina, visit  darenc.com/covid19.

Face Coverings 

The state of North Carolina has moved into phase one of the three-phased approach to lift restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. Local regulations are now in accordance with state guidelines and this includes the recommendation to wear face coverings if you will be with other people. Some people have asked why the face coverings are no longer required and only strongly recommended.

One reason is to maintain consistency so that Dare County’s regulations are in sync with the state and there is less confusion. The other reason is that a countywide requirement cannot be uniformly enforced.

Local businesses have the ability to require face coverings for their personnel and customers and this is strongly encouraged and enables local businesses to enforce the requirement on site. Printable signage regarding face coverings in businesses is available in the resources section at darenc.com/covidbusiness.

Face coverings are a crucial part of the first line of defense against COVID-19. With visitors returning on Saturday, May 16, it is important for each of us to do our part and practice the Three W’s that are recommended by state and local health officials: Wear a face covering, Wash your hands, and Wait six feet apart. Take the right measures to protect yourself, your family, coworkers and the community.

Vacationing Differently

While the Outer Banks will begin to welcome vacationers on Saturday, May 16, it is important for everyone to understand that vacations and visits to the Outer Banks will look different this year. Businesses have restrictions in place which are mandated by state Executive Order 138.

Restaurants are only permitted to provide take out, drive thru or delivery at this time. No seated service, indoors or outdoors, is allowed under Executive Order 138.

Lodging accommodations are implementing different protocols and procedures to help ensure the safety of guests and staff. You may not see daily housekeeping in hotels, you may not have access to the fitness room or pool. We encourage you to check with your accommodations provider before arrival so you understand what may be different this year compared to previous years.

 


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Comments

  • Allison Ellis

    As a resident of NC and a grateful nurse practitioner who gets to keep my May 16th rental in Nags Head I’m grateful for this stage one re opening. I’m also not shocked that people haven’t obeyed the governors recommendations for social distancing – they really weren’t before the travel restrictions were lifted. During my outings for essential needs I observed at least 50% of people in my community not wearing any sort of face covering. I plan on wearing a mask everywhere I go and if needed use gloves. Also, one question: when Dare County was under quarantine to outsiders did you allow residents to leave and return? If so, you decreased the effectiveness of your travel restrictions. Unfortunately this disease will likely wax and wane with outbreaks for the next 18-24 months.

    Monday, May 11 @ 4:13 pm
  • R M Dante

    There is no logical reason why someone would not wear a mask as it is the first line if defense. However without restrictions in place I saw many people in home depot etc. Not wearing a mask.

    Monday, May 11 @ 4:25 pm
  • Bob Segal

    Why isn’t the same analysis of coronavirus cases given for Currituck and Hyde Counties? Aren’t they also part of the Outer Banks that are included in your paper’s title.

    Monday, May 11 @ 5:38 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    When Currituck and Hyde County report on COVID-19 cases, we immediately report it. Hyde County has 1 case and Currituck County cases are reported sporadically.

    Monday, May 11 @ 10:05 pm
  • snoppymonday

    If a visitor/renter gets or has the virus will they have to shelter in place at their rental along with their housemates for fourteen days? If so what happens with the upcoming renters? Will the rental managers have to find them an alternative rental?

    Monday, May 11 @ 8:45 pm
  • aja

    I am very sorry to hear about 3 more people catching the virus and I sincerely hope they get well soon. I am also sorry to read various comments on this site written by those who lay blame on NRPO’S (and soon visitors) for any growth in confirmed cases. Some jumped to blame, regarding these new cases, before this article clarified that the new cases were “Dare County residents” , “through direct contact”. OBX Today added “with known patients” to the contact statement. Clearly these commenters jumped way too soon to lay their blame. Other comments have assumed that NRPO’s (and soon visitors) are irresponsible, rich, greedy, hotspot sourced, unfeeling and rude individuals. Further, these commenters often assume that these fellow Americans, including OBX homeowners, have an “I’ll do what I want whatever the consequences” attitude. These are poor assumptions based on dark predispositions. These stereotyped, hyperbolic, bigoted and hateful comments need to end. Please stop blaming, please stop wrongly assuming, please stop the hatred.

    Monday, May 11 @ 9:35 pm
  • Michael

    Aja I agree. I would like to add we should probably say the same for some nrho and visitors as well shouldn’t we? Also there should have been stricter travel restrictions from locals. Absolutely, but with that said, numbers weren’t bad so far. No denying that. I will say they though, until now and definitely moving forward, unless your very very ill, they won’t test you in dare county. The reasons are obvious but I won’t elaborate.

    Tuesday, May 12 @ 3:17 am
  • Mary

    As we open the Outer Banks, will a visitor or non-resident that test positive for Covid in Dare County be included in the Dare County cases or reflected in their primary residence numbers? In other words, as we continue with this crisis, will reported Dare County cases ONLY be residents? Will any one know the true number of cases? How will this be handled? How do find out this protocol?

    Tuesday, May 12 @ 11:55 am
  • Tom

    Wearing a face mask is a personal decision. It’s not for the government to decide if you wear a face mask. It’s also crazy to close restaurants, churches, and other businesses, but to leave supermarkets, hardware stores, etc. open. Do you think the virus magically does not occur in these stores? Maybe we can have church services in the supermarkets and hardware stores since they are “virus free”. No businesses should be closed. The majority of people who get the virus will survive! People die of the flu, and other illnesses everyday. We all will die. Some of you will survive this virus only to languish in a rest home, lying in our own feces, and slobbering out of your mouths. There are worse ways to die than by flu or any other virus.

    Tuesday, May 12 @ 12:03 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    You may not agree with it, Tom, but there are conceivable reasons for keeping some retail operations open and others that involve close contact (like salons and barber shops) closed. Also people in supermarkets and retail stores tend to move about and exit the stores within a reasonably short period of time. People in restaurants and houses of worship stay in the same place and tend to stay there for a lot longer.

    Tuesday, May 12 @ 8:32 pm
  • Dethrol

    Mark Jurkowitz, with all due respect, my understanding of communicable pathogens is that transfer from person to person takes milliseconds. The amount of time spent in places like church or restaurants might provide longer exposure, if someone there is contagious, but I don’t think there is any evidence that the amount of time spent in one location can be tied to infection rates. If so, the CDC and Government would not miss an opportunity to require us to keep moving. I would argue that time spent in grocery stores, home improvement stores, or Walmart could be just as dangerous, if not more so, specifically because people move around, exposing themselves to more people who might be infected, touching things that might be contaminated. I think your comment implies there is science or research supportIng which types of businesses are safe and which are not and require restrictions. How about this, life itself is Jammed full of risk. There are things one can do to mitigate risks but nothing (realistically) one can do to eliminate risk. If you are sick, stay home and please take care of yourself. If you are not, decide how much and what risk you wish to take. If your choice includes wearing masks, do so. For businesses, if wearing protective equipment protects customers and the public, then do so. We must get on with our lives and livelihoods, preferably without draconian restrictions on the way we do it.

    Wednesday, May 13 @ 10:23 am