By Submitted Story on June 26, 2020
At about noon on June 26, Dare County reported 2 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 77. One of the individuals is a male resident of the county who is between 25-49 and who is isolating at home. The other is a female non-resident between 25-49 who has been transferred to her home county.
Also on June 26, Hyde County reported 3 more cases of COVID-19. All of the individuals are in isolation at home. This brings Hyde County’s total count of laboratory confirmed cases to 9. Of those cases, 3 have recovered and there are 6 active cases. There are no current hospitalizations and no deaths to report.
Dare County is experiencing community-wide spread of the COVID-19 virus. From the northern end of the county to the southern end of the county, including the mainland of Dare County, over the past week we have seen a growing number of individuals who have tested positive but do not know where they acquired the virus.
It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for you to protect yourself, your family, and our community by following the 3Ws (Wear, Wait and Wash). What you do or do not do will have a direct impact on the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Strictly following the recommendations – maintain social distancing, wear your mask, and wash your hands often – is how YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS!
A growing number of positive cases are also among our teens and young adults. Fortunately, these individuals have experienced only mild to moderate symptoms. The greater concern in seeing the rise in cases in this age group is the likelihood of spreading it to others, including those who are at risk of developing severe complications from the virus.
The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Dare County is 77, 27 of which are considered active and in home isolation. Of the 77 cases, 41 are residents and 36 are non-residents.
Since the last Dare County DHHS update issued, Tuesday, June 23, there have been 17 new positive cases. Of these 17 cases, 12 are residents and 5 are non-residents. The Dare County website has already been updated to reflect all of these cases.
Contract tracing has been completed and direct contacts of these 17 cases have been identified, notified, and directed to quarantine for 14 days from the last date of exposure with the positive case. Calls are made to check on compliance with the quarantine directive and legal action can be taken for individuals violating quarantine and isolation orders.
For consistency and to eliminate confusion amongst the public, Dare County’s face mask requirement is now aligned with the Governor’s Executive Order 147.
A total of 438 appointments have been made for the COVID-19 Antibody & Diagnostic Testing Event on Tuesday, June 30, in Kill Devil Hills. Currently there are no appointments available for antibody testing. There are still diagnostic drive thru testing appointments available. To schedule an appointment, please call 252.475.5008. The call center is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information on testing, please visit www.darenc.com/covidtesting.
Dare County DHHS has an established schedule of communication to share information regarding COVID-19. On Tuesdays, a written update and a video update which includes an overview of the previous week’s COVID-19 key metrics is issued, on Thursdays a Spanish Video Update is issued, and on Fridays a written update is issued. All released videos and written updates can be found on our website, DHHS Facebook page, Dare County Twitter page, and Dare Emergency Management Twitter page. If you would like to receive these updates directly to your email, please sign up to receive our enotifications.
New positive cases are updated on the dashboard on our website and shared on the DHHS Facebook page when we receive them. To find the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases in Dare County visit www.darenc.com/covid19. State COVID-19 data is available at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard.