By Outer Banks Voice on October 16, 2020
Dare County reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 on Oct. 16, the highest number in a single day since 16 cases were reported back on July 27. That brings the total number of cases reported since the outset of the pandemic to 623. Nine of these individuals are residents of Dare County and four are non-residents. Two of them are under 25 years of age, five are between 50-64 and six are at least 65 years of age. All of them are currently isolating in Dare County.
The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DCDHHS) also reported on Oct. 16 that seven residents and five non-residents who were previously categorized as having active cases have now been listed as recovered.
The DCDHHS is reminding people that two testing clinic opportunities will be available for Dare County residents. One will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Cape Hatteras Elementary School located at 47500 Middle Ridge Rd in Buxton. Another testing clinic will be held at the Soundside Event Site located at 6800 S. Croatan Hwy in Nags Head during the first week of November. Details about the testing event in Nags Head will be released by October 21.
These testing events will be offering drive through diagnostic testing for ages 5 and older. These clinics are not offering antibody testing at this time. The diagnostic test indicates whether an individual has a current COVID-19 infection.
The news was also sobering in Hyde County, where 21 new cases were reported between Oct. 14 and Oct. 16, bringing the total number of cases reported there to 175. The sharp rise in cases was attributed to an outbreak at a local correctional facility, but the Hyde Health Department also noted that “COVID remains spreading within our community.”
For the second day in a row, North Carolina has reported a record high number of new COVID-19 cases in the state. The Oct. 16 total of new cases — 2,684 — exceeded the 2,532 just reported on Oct. 15.
At the same time, the 1,148 people listed as currently hospitalized with coronavirus represent the second highest number of hospitalizations in the past 30 days.
See today’s COVID-19 Update for NC interactive charts
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.