‘The public has to act responsibly’

By on June 29, 2020


(Dare County Department of Health and Human Services)

Update: Dare County reported three additional cases of COVID-19 on the evening of June 29. That makes 4 cases today and 18 cases in the past two days. Two of the individuals are male residents of the county who are between 18-24 and are isolating at home. The other is a female non-resident between 25-49 years of age who has been transferred to her home county. The total number of Dare County cases reported is now 97.

There was a noticeably different tone to the newest video about COVID-19 released by Dare County Health and Human Services Director Sheila Davies’ on Monday, June 29. Short and to the point, at only four minutes long, the message seemed to reflect some urgency and frustration on the part of the director as she addressed a recent surge in cases here that has pushed the total number to 94, about half of which have been reported in the past nine days.

Davies pointedly asserted that “the spread of COVID-19 is not a local versus-visitor-issue. The spread we are seeing currently is local-to-local spread because people are not following the guidelines.”

She added that a majority of recent cases have involved local residents and that a good part of that local spread came as a result of direct contact among people at a large gathering who were not maintaining social distancing or wearing face coverings.

While explaining that many of those recently testing positive are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms, Davies said that there has been further spread of the virus from the people at that gathering to their household contacts — including to an elderly individual who was hospitalized.

Davies also warned individuals who test positive for the virus that they “must remain in isolation until otherwise directed by Health and Human Services staff,” warning that violating a quarantine is a misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison.

The idea of citizens needing to better follow public health guidelines was a recurrent theme. Declaring that the county health department and local health providers are working “around the clock seven days a week” in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the director emphasized that, “We cannot fight this virus alone. The public has to act responsibly if we are to control the spread of the virus.”


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  • KDH Resident

    I do not see any enforcement.

    Today on my shopping trips I saw: The doorman at Walmart letting people in without masks, people shopping in Home Depot and the KDH Harris Teeter without masks. While the mask-less were in the minority in numbers they were still in the stores.

    Lets see some reports of enforcement in the news.

    Monday, Jun 29 @ 9:21 pm
  • Seriously?!!

    Sanctuary Vineyards is not following the executive mandate of Governor Roy Cooper. I witnessed employees and customers inside the winery in Jarvisburg without appropriate masks or face coverings. Customers entering the tasting room/gift shop were not challenged by employees despite signage stating that face masks were required upon entry. Several employees, described as seasonal laborers, had no face masks. I witnessed two young women engaged in customer wine tastings, only wearing face shields and dispersing plastic-coated or laminated tasting menu sheets. Other restaurants and/or bars have gone away from this practice to maintain a safer environment for both customers and employees. I also witnessed, although momentarily, the 10 person limit of indoor occupancy violated by some four people. This was finally challenged by a male employee. Too much relaxation, as we are witnessing nationally, is a recipe for tragedy.

    Monday, Jun 29 @ 9:34 pm
  • James

    Good luck with that. I see fools all over the place not acting responsibly and no matter what you do or say, they won’t act responsibly. Dare commissioners opened this can of worms when they let the tourists back in too soon.

    Tuesday, Jun 30 @ 3:24 am
  • Todd

    I think we all need to do better. Visitors and locals. I will say that saying “residents” have more cases than “non residents “ is so irrelevant. They are in and out every week. Who knows how many come here each week a symptomatic . Locals have to do better at normal life gatherings, but remember just 2 weeks ago we had a major problem with a lot of vacationers not wearing masks. Speaking of gatherings, what about dolphin tour boats on sound? 30 plus people, not family, all bunched together with no masks? Hmmmm. Yeah again we all need to do better. With virus, with treating each other with compassion, and with greed. Money shouldn’t let facts come from our mouths that aren’t true.

    Tuesday, Jun 30 @ 4:13 am
  • Mike P

    “We cannot fight this virus alone. The public has to act responsibly if we are to control the spread of the virus.

    Well then tell us how responsible is it to have large gatherings at resturants everyday now that we are seeing community spead?
    Inside dining was prohibited when there was no spead so why is it OK now??

    Dollars over sense? Or just plain nonsense?

    Protect our workers!


    Tuesday, Jun 30 @ 5:12 am
  • hightider

    Many tourists, mainly young through middle age – believe the entire purpose of a vacation is to act irresponsibly. Many tourists consider a vacation a dud unless they have partied so hard that they have blacked out half the vacation. Good luck on encouraging people – any people – these days to act responsibly.

    Tuesday, Jun 30 @ 6:39 am
  • Bud

    Good thing an evacuation is in the works for after July 4 weekend. Will be nice here then.

    Tuesday, Jun 30 @ 6:52 am
  • Travis

    The bargain was struck weeks ago when the “partial” reopening was approved: economics over health. Maybe if the messaging was consistent things would be better, but the word from the top of the political food chain is that this virus is no big deal: That if some elderly/diabetic/obese people die as a result, well, that’s the cost of doing business.

    Even with a unified message you are going to have your outlier flat-earth/anti-vax idiots who are going to do their own thing. But it would be easier to use enforcement to control a small population of uncooperative fools. As it stands, too many people doubt the science and refuse to take very basic precautions. The lack of cooperation is akin to mass civil disobedience and there’s no answer for that. None that most people are willing to stomach, anyway.

    I wish I could live 200 years and read what the textbooks (textpads?) will have to say about this time. I feel the judgement of history will not be kind.

    Tuesday, Jun 30 @ 9:10 am
  • Trashcan Man

    If asking the public to just act responsibly was an effective strategy then we wouldn’t be seeing this rise in numbers and the behaviors that bring it about. Just like “Just say no” didn’t work either.
    Time for some enforcement, obviously. The alternative will be to shut it all down again, which, at this rate should be by the end of July.
    Wear a mask. Stay away from others. Wash your hands. Act like a member of the human race.

    Tuesday, Jun 30 @ 10:18 am
  • Dethrol

    Cases… again? Look at the numbers that matter, for goodness sake. No additional fatalities and minuscule hospitalization numbers. From all of the commentary, you’d think people were dropping like flies. Reality (like it or not): practically everyone will eventually be positive for this virus. Note that the exalted government’s mantra has always been “slow the spread”, not “stop COVID-19”. Why? Because they know it can’t be stopped, period. The hypocrisy of the government is all you need to examine to realize this is a sham. The good guv and The commissioners can bang their drums all they want. The CDC has published, for many years, that the MOST EFFECTIVE method to prevent transmission of communicable illnesses is to maintain distance. The political hacks allow and participate in protest marches and rallies where distancing is completely impossible. The exponential function of mathematics will prevail and we’ll all be exposed and infected. You’re whistling past the graveyard if you think otherwise. Calls for “enforcement” are ludicrous and completely impractical. I, for one, appreciate and support the efforts of our police to keep our communities safe from drug dealers, molesters, drunk drivers, and other criminals without imposing a dubious mask policy enforcement mandate. Protect yourself by keeping YOUR own distance and washing YOUR hands. Wear a mask if it makes YOU feel better. Stop berating tourists and your fellow citizens for getting on with their lives.

    Tuesday, Jun 30 @ 10:30 am
  • Lil Johnny

    Sounds like the Croatan Transplant Tribe needs to stop having so many Pow Wows so they can stop the spread . Also, need to keep all those tribal members from the great tribes northward from coming to visit. Lock it down, Burn it Down, Pull it Down!!!!!

    Tuesday, Jun 30 @ 10:34 am
  • Nap Lajoie

    Don’t forget to report your neighbors! You are all such good subjects.

    Tuesday, Jun 30 @ 11:05 am
  • A to the B

    Interesting….here your own county health department states a problem with local to local transmission, yet you still beat up on visitors (who, by and large fund your economy). I Really like Buds fantasy – post July 4th.

    Tuesday, Jun 30 @ 2:03 pm
  • Kenny

    The mandate to wear masks is unconstitutional and unenforceable. We are extending the virus and breaking down our own immune systems due to mask wearing and social distancing. Herd immunity is being displaced by unproven and risky scientific experiments, that have never been used before. This social experiment is working very well as most people are following the “order” and will “mask-shame” those who are trying to protect themselves. You folks keep following the program, this pandemic was supposed to be under control in just two weeks and now is close to four months. But our “authorities and “officials” have this under control..Ha!


    Tuesday, Jun 30 @ 2:52 pm
  • Sean Mulligan

    There have been over 90 cases the last 3 months.Why was the event that they are referring to not named.Could it have been the recent protest in Manteo that has nothing to do with tourists.If so it should have been included in the briefing.

    Tuesday, Jun 30 @ 4:47 pm
  • June francesca

    I will be a visitor soon from Virginia. We wear masks at all times and are scared we will get sick in NC since your numbers are up. We have friends who have gone to Outer Banks and they all have worn masks. We won’t eat inside a restaurant or be anywhere where social distancing isn’t possible or if others aren’t wearing masks. So don’t blame all tourists. I’ve been coming to OBX for abt 60 years!

    Wednesday, Jul 1 @ 12:10 pm
  • Mario Gonzales

    Y’all are spelling your names wrong. It’s K-A-R-E-N.
    The county commissioner and mayors have exceeded their authority in making masks mandatory, it is 100% unconstitutional. Putting all that aside though, what do you expect to happen? The authority to make people wear masks now falls on the common civilian working their job, i.e. hostesses, retail clerks, attendants and so forth. They literally have no authority to do so! After this summer is over and all of the real numbers (that are actually not the death plague we’ve been told about) are in I hope all of the restaurants, retailers and every other hard working persons that rely on summer to make their numbers, remember the people calling for closure and making masks mandatory as well as the elected officials and hold them accountable for literally destroying sales with their uninformed, petty tyranny.

    “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.“ Ben Franklin

    Wednesday, Jul 1 @ 3:15 pm
  • Mario

    Also, thanks for the tip! Think I’ll go buy me some wine from Sanctuary Vineyard,

    Wednesday, Jul 1 @ 3:16 pm
  • CorollaCat

    Not unconstitutional folks. That’s silly. Wear a mask! If you don’t want to, don’t; you just won’t be allowed in most stores.

    I’ll say what I usually say on here…Everybody Calm Down!

    Thursday, Jul 2 @ 10:46 am