By Outer Banks Voice on August 11, 2020
Update: Only 1 new case was recorded in Dare County on Aug. 12, bringing the total number of cases reported since the outset of the pandemic to 385. The recent trend of significantly fewer new cases continues.
The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DCDHHS) has reported 4 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Aug. 11, bringing the total number of cases reported here since the outset of the pandemic to 384.
All four of the new cases involve non-residents, with three of them under 25 years of age and one between 50-64. One Dare County resident who had been hospitalized with COVID-19 has been released from the hospital and is now isolating at home.
Of the total 384 cases reported in Dare County, 25 are currently considered active cases in the county. Of the 384 cases, 210 are residents and 174 are non-residents.
In today’s update on the virus, the DCDHHS noted that from Aug. 3-Aug. 9, there were 749 COVID-19 tests administered by local healthcare providers. And the percentage of positive test results out of all tests administered was 2.8%, the lowest percentage of positive tests since the week of June 22. The department also indicated that the county also saw its smallest increase in new cases since the week of June 15.
“We have now had 2 consecutive weeks of reduced numbers of new cases,” the update continued. “This is encouraging; however, we must not interpret it to mean the virus is less prevalent in our community. We have seen an increase in compliance with practicing the 3Ws which we know are proven tools to help us reduce the spread. Please remain vigilant so we can keep this trend of lower case numbers. Please continue to follow the 3Ws to help protect you, your family, and our community from COVID-19.”
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