By Outer Banks Voice on August 10, 2020
(Dare County Department of Health and Human Services)
Dare County has reported 2 new COVID-19 cases on Aug. 10, bringing the total number reported here since the beginning of the pandemic to 380. The two cases involve one male non-resident between 50-64 who has been transferred into home isolation. The Dare County resident, a male at least 65 years old, has been hospitalized. Of the 4 cases reported in the last two days, 2 of those individuals are hospitalized.
For the week of Aug. 4-10, there have been a total of 22 cases reported, which comes on the heels of 27 cases reported the week of July 28-Aug. 3. These past two weeks represent a significant drop-off in the number of reported cases compared with the weeks of July 21-27 (66 cases), July 14-July 20 (50 cases), and July 7-13 (69 cases). Indeed, you have to go back to the week of June 16-22 to find fewer cases (19) than have been reported in the past week.
It is not clear when this decrease can be characterized as an epidemiological trend. In an email sent to the Voice on Aug. 5, Dare County Health and Human Services Director Sheila Davies said that “while she was pleased to see the lower number of new cases over the past week…we want to look for at least 2 weeks of data to make an inferences about transmission rates of the COVID-19 virus.”
On Tuesday, Aug. 11, the county will publish one of its regular in-depth updates on the virus in Dare County. We could possibly get an inkling then into whether we’ve got a downward transmission trend going.