Sept. 14: Dare HHS Director attributes fewer COVID-19 cases to 3Ws and quick test results

By on September 14, 2020

(Dare County Department of Health and Human Services)

Dare County reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Sept. 14, with both individuals residents of the county who are isolating at home. That brings the total number of cases reported here since the outset of the pandemic to 497. Of the 266 cases to date that have involved county residents, 22 of them are currently active.

Since late July, the number of new reported cases of COVID-19 have declined significantly, typically averaging in the low 20’s over a week, with new daily cases reported often averaging in the low single digits. Given this trend, the Voice asked Dare County Department of Health and Human Services Director Sheila Davies for her assessment of the path and presence of the virus in the county.

Here is her written response via email.

“While I have been pleased with the lower numbers of new cases over the past few weeks, I would caution people to think that the virus is not prevalent in our community. I attribute our lower numbers to a couple of things:

  • The majority of people are following the 3Ws
  • The timeliness of identifying, notifying and quarantining direct contacts of a laboratory confirmed person.  We are getting test results back in 24-48 hours, and sometimes we have results back in as little as 18 hours. This quick turnaround time enables us to quarantine direct contacts of a confirmed positive person nearly 24-48 hours after the positive person was tested. This helps prevent the direct contacts from unknowingly spreading the virus to others.

In some cases, we are seeing individuals test positive who have no direct contacts because they were quarantined so quickly that they did not have any direct contact with others during their initial contagion period. (i.e. they were quarantined before their contagion period began).

Cases could increase quickly if people stop following the protective measures in place to mitigate the spread. We are headed into our first full flu season with COVID. Last year the flu season was winding down as COVID infections were ramping up. It will be very important for individuals to get their flu vaccination this year as we know people can get co-occurring infections.”

Statewide NC coronavirus numbers – Sept. 14.

(See today’s NC coronavirus numbers for interactive charts)

  • Reported NC cases – 185,781 (up 845 from yesterday)
  • Reported NC deaths – 3,060
  • Currently hospitalized – 895
  • Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized in past 24 hours – 319 (down 5 from yesterday)
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalized in past 24 hours – 103 (up 3 from yesterday)
  • Adults in ICU with COVID-19 – 293 (up 23 from yesterday)
  • Patients presumed to be recovered – 167,257   
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 756 (Dare 497, Currituck 136, Hyde 123)
  • Completed tests – 2,634,819

Note: Every morning, the NC Department of Health and Human Services posts updates o number of reported cases of coronavirus. That number reflects positive results from all tests, including the NC State Laboratory of Public Health and all hospital and commercial labs. There may be other reports, from the media and elsewhere, that will include different numbers during a given day, but this is an effective way of tracking numbers from the same source on a day-to-day basis.


Link to COVID-19 North Carolina Dashboard




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  • Steven

    Common sense and the obvious says different.
    Less tourists spreading the virus, duh

    Tuesday, Sep 15 @ 7:07 am