A new high: 16 COVID-19 cases in Dare County

By on July 1, 2020

Dare County

On the evening of Wednesday, July 1, Dare County reported 16 new cases of COVID-19, a single day high for the county since the pandemic began. That brings the total number of cases reported in Dare County to 113.

Of the 16 new cases, 12 are non-residents and 4 are residents. Additionally, 12 of the 16 cases involve people under the age of 25, numbers in keeping with the trend of young people emerging at the forefront of recent infections. Of the 113 cases to date, 36 of them have involved people 18-24 years of age. The next highest number of cases, 30, has involved another group of relatively young people, those ages 25-49.

All of the individuals who were reported as testing positive for COVID-19 today are isolating in Dare County or have been transferred to their home counties.

In what represents a sharp uptick in recent cases reported in Dare County, there have been 34 new cases since Sunday June 28. On that day, 14 new infections were reported, which was the high mark for a single day until July 1.

Here is a bit more detail on the 16 individuals who represent the newest cases.
  • non-resident, male, 18-24, isolation in Dare
  • non-resident, male, 25-39, transferred isolation
  • non-resident, female, 18-24, transferred isolation
  • resident, male, 18-24, home isolation
  • non-resident, female,18-24, isolation in Dare
  • resident, female, 17 under, home isolation
  • resident, female, 50-64, home isolation
  • non-resident, female, 50-64, transferred isolation
  • non-resident, male, 18-24, isolation in Dare
  • non-resident, male, 18-24, isolation in Dare
  • non-resident, male, 18-24, isolation in Dare
  • non-resident, male, 18-24, isolation in Dare
  • non-resident, male, 18-24, isolation in Dare
  • non-resident, male, 18-24, isolation in Dare
  • non-resident, male, 50-64, transferred isolation
  • resident, male 18-24, home isolation


  • Zack Bass

    We should be in Full Throttle Covid a couple of weeks after this weekend. But everyone is making a ton of $$$ so it’s all good.

    Wednesday, Jul 1 @ 7:57 pm
  • Simple Sam

    This is only going to get worse as long as mass gatherings are taking place which seems to be everywhere everyday all over Dare county.

    Wednesday, Jul 1 @ 9:48 pm
  • Peter

    Can’t tell me these young people will truly isolate here for two weeks. Need to ship ‘em out.

    Wednesday, Jul 1 @ 10:02 pm
  • Ray

    How many , if any of those are actually sick ? With politics saturating EVERYTHING lately , who
    can have confidence in what the “They” say .

    Wednesday, Jul 1 @ 10:38 pm
  • hightider

    Gee…who could have predicted this? Hint – almost everyone except for the Constitutional scholars who insist that wearing a mask is a violation of the civil rights and the local pols who have a conflict of interest because they are involved with tourist rentals. Just wait…it’s gonna get worse.

    Thursday, Jul 2 @ 2:57 am
  • Paul

    Until the wearing of masks are enforced this will be a common theme

    Thursday, Jul 2 @ 7:05 am
  • Rob

    Where are the 8 non-residents isolating in dare county reported yesterday staying? In a rental house? Will the next renters know? Does Dare county report to the rental companies about Covid positive people isolating in their rental cottages? Will the cleaners know?

    Thursday, Jul 2 @ 8:25 am
  • sandflea

    “It will magically go away”

    Thursday, Jul 2 @ 8:48 am
  • Stacy

    Not surprised by the numbers. Walking around town and hardly any masks. I got stares for wearing a mask and trying to keep my distance. Also not surprised that it is mostly non-residents not abiding by the mask request(s). At two stores (both that said on their front door that face coverings were required) there were groups of people with no masks and zero enforcement from staff.

    I see large groups of people walking around throughout the Outer Banks and neighboring towns with zero masks and no social distancing. Sadly the cases in a week or so are going to skyrocket again.

    Thursday, Jul 2 @ 9:26 am
  • tim

    If those 18-24 year olds are in a rental house and they only have a 1 week rental I think the rental company is going to find out when they won’t leave. Rental companies are trying to treat all weekly rental homes as one that had, or might have had, the virus when they clean it.

    Thursday, Jul 2 @ 10:20 am
  • Susie

    Since all medical facilities are located in Dare, some of these people may be from the Corolla area. Since they do not have med facilities. they come to Urgent Care and get reported in Dare. Since many are non-residents and being allowed to stay, not sure why except they family doesn’t want to give up their vacation. My biggest concern will be for the renters who get that house next. If the rental company tells you they need longer to clean, pretty much confirms the house had covid patients in our world today. I am sure the rental companies are not telling them ahead of time. This part is scary.

    Thursday, Jul 2 @ 11:40 am
  • Human Utensil for the Rich

    The mathematical progression of the virus on Hatteras Island has begun. Local transmitters with zero self-control and common sense have started the tidal wave.

    Thursday, Jul 2 @ 12:25 pm
  • GE

    Face the facts, even though the number of cases is up, the death rate in Dare County has stayed at 1 person and only 1 hospitalization. Nationwide the death rate has dropped through the floor even though the number of cases has risen. This is good news, not end the world news.

    Thursday, Jul 2 @ 12:45 pm
  • Over 70 on OBX

    From the Washington Post:
    Even before (Thomas) Macias’s (age 51, Riverside County CA) death, (niece Danielle) Lopez said, “we thought that it was a mistake opening so soon … there’s still no vaccine, there’s still nothing to fight against this.”

    “We should not have opened to begin with,” she said.

    Thursday, Jul 2 @ 1:43 pm
  • Next Level

    “Come on Vacation leave on tracheal intubation”

    Thursday, Jul 2 @ 9:03 pm
  • Dethrol

    @Next Level
    Stop it! Have you even been keeping up with the statistics? Hospitalizations are flat to non-existent, with one unfortunate fatality for the entire period of the “crisis”. No one that I’ve heard of (and believe me, if there were any, the local Stormtroopers would be bludgeoning us with it) has been subject to tracheal intubation. It certainly isn’t a trend. Just stop.

    Friday, Jul 3 @ 9:58 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Dethrol, the trend is a sharp increase in the number of cases. If you don’t think that counts, you are free to feel that way.

    Friday, Jul 3 @ 6:24 pm
  • Truth sayer

    More media scare tactics. If only we focused so much attention on the common flu over the years. .01%

    Friday, Jul 3 @ 1:09 pm
  • Dethrol

    The number of cases IS increasing, although in a more or less consistent ratio to those tested. That was not my point. Next Level spews similar vitriol to others here who, at worse, seem to revel in the prospect of hospitalization and severe complications for anyone with a differing opinion or, at best, are just plain ignorant.

    Friday, Jul 3 @ 7:01 pm
  • Tom

    I agree 100% Dethrol. Considering the tens of thousands of tourists that come into the county, our numbers are not bad.
    The spin put on this is shameful. Some daily numbers can be high because NC is doing around 3 times as many tests per day now (30,000) than when we opened up in May.
    In April we did @2000 tests and got near 400 positives in one day. A few days ago we did @32,000 tests to get over 1800 positives in one day. That is a good sign compared to other health issues that we have to deal with.

    Saturday, Jul 4 @ 8:51 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Tom, both the state and the county release numbers on the percentage of positive tests out of all tests administered. That tells you whether the increase in reported cases is strictly a function of more testing or has something to do with the prevalence of the virus.

    Saturday, Jul 4 @ 10:05 am
  • anotherobxman

    Most tourists are only here for about a week and unless the timing is right will not get tested while here on the island. They will go home and get tested there and no one here will ever know…except for the Covid-19 they spread around before they go. Besides, anyone taking a vacation in the middle of a pandemic is not exactly a heavy thinker nor is much concerned with the possible impact of their visit.

    Sunday, Jul 5 @ 9:13 am