By Submitted Story on June 29, 2020
Update June 29 at 3 pm: This afternoon, Dare County Department of Health and Human Services Director Sheila Davies sent out this firmly worded message stating that a large gathering is responsible for a number of recent COVID-19 cases in the county.
I want to share a few important messages for our community regarding the recent increase in positive cases of COVID-19 in Dare County. It is imperative that people follow the guidelines and maintain social distancing and limit direct contact with others outside their household members to slow the spread of the virus. The majority of our recent cases are locals who acquired the virus by direct contact with others. The majority of the spread was not at the grocery store or restaurant, but rather through direct contact at a large gathering where people were not maintaining social distancing and were not wearing face coverings.
While the majority of those who recently tested positive are only experiencing mild to moderate symptoms, we are already seeing the virus spread from those who were at the large gathering to their household contacts including an elderly household member who then required treatment at the hospital.
June 29 at 12:30 pm: A male senior citizen who is a resident of Dare County and who has been hospitalized has been reported as the county’s newest COVID-19 case on June 29. That brings the total number of cases reported here to 94 since the outbreak began.
There are currently two county residents who are hospitalized with COVID-19. One is the newest case, and the other is someone who was reported to have tested positive last week and whose condition has deteriorated. According to the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services, that individual is hospitalized out of the county. There has been one Dare County COVID-19 fatality since the outset of the pandemic.