By Outer Banks Voice on July 7, 2020
The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Dare County is 150, 40 of which are considered active and in home isolation. Of the 150 cases, 82 are residents and 68 are non-residents. Four new cases were reported on July 7.
The majority of cases continue to experience mild to moderate symptoms, however there are a few cases which have involved severe illness. Currently, one resident and one non-resident are both hospitalized out of the area in critical condition.
Since the last Dare County DHHS Update issued, Friday, July 3, there have been 24 new positive cases. Of these 24 cases, 11 are residents and 13 are non-residents.
Contract tracing has been completed and direct contacts provided by these individuals have been identified, notified, and directed to quarantine for 14 days from the last date of exposure with the positive case.
On June 30, Dare County DHHS partnered with Mako Medical Laboratories to host an Antibody & Diagnostic testing event for COVID19. The following is a summary of the results:
This week we are partnering with Mako Medical Laboratories to host a community testing event. The event will be held on Thursday, July 9, starting at 10:00 am at Fessenden Center located at 46830 NC-12, Buxton, NC. All antibody appointments have been filled, however there are still diagnostic appointments available.
Another testing clinic will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 starting at 1:00 p.m. at Dare County Parks & Recreation located at 602 Mustian St, Kill Devil Hills, NC. Individuals can register for an appointment for the diagnostic test, the antibody test, or both.
Appointments are required to attend these events. Participation is open to permanent residents of Dare County, ages 10 and older. To schedule an appointment for either testing event, please call 252.475.5008. The call center is open Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This past week had the highest number of COVID-19 diagnostic tests performed in Dare County at 1,008 tests (629 performed by local healthcare providers and 379 performed at the community testing clinic on June 2nd). This brings the total number of tests performed since early March to 3,577. We had 43 positive cases between June 29 and July 5.
The percentage of positive tests to overall tests in Dare County since we started testing in early March increased slightly this week to 4.3%. The syndromic surveillance of individuals who presented to the emergency department with COVID-19 like symptoms increased towards the beginning of the week. We also continue to see an increase in the number of sick individuals presenting to the area urgent care centers. These graphs can be found on the dare county website at www.darenc.com/covid19
Please do your part to slow the spread of the virus by following the 3Ws – wear, wait and wash.
While there is a mandate in North Carolina where individuals must wear a face covering when social distancing (being less than 6 ft away) cannot be maintained, there are individuals who have legitimate medical reasons and are not able to wear a face covering. We all need to be kind, show compassion and understanding.
We encourage you to stay informed by visiting www.darenc.com/covid19 or by visiting the CDC or NC DHHS websites. If you have specific needs or questions you may also call the Dare County COVID-19 call center open Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 5:00 at 252.475.5008.