Dare sees most new COVID cases since July

By on October 16, 2020

NC reports record high for daily COVD cases

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.

Hyde County

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.”

North Carolina

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.

Statewide NC coronavirus numbers – Oct. 16

See today’s COVID-19 Update for NC interactive charts

  • Total reported NC cases – 241,623
  • New cases reported today – 2,684
  • Reported NC deaths – 3,910
  • Currently hospitalized – 1,148
  • Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized in past 24 hours – 288 (down 23 since yesterday)
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalized in past 24 hours – 142 (up 16 since yesterday)
  • Adults in ICU with COVID-19 – 299 (up 3 since yesterday)
  • Patients presumed to be recovered – 206,471   
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 998 (Dare 610, Currituck 214, Hyde 174)
  • Completed tests – 3,531,840
  • Daily percent positive tests – 6.3%

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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    Well it seems that WE aren’t included in the groups that are “rounding the bend” with the end in sight!!!

    Saturday, Oct 17 @ 8:21 am
  • Tdog

    According to this article, we have had 3 deaths from covid19 all year in Dare County.

    We have had AT LEAST 9 deaths from drowning in the ocean in the same time frame in Dare County.

    When is the life jacket mandate coming? Or are we just concerned with virtue signaling?

    Saturday, Oct 17 @ 12:42 pm
  • Tri-Village

    No big surprise. Go to any store and witness people still not wearing a mask. I would be willing to bet they don’t wash their hands after a bowel movement just to prove a point. This is only going to get more interesting as the fall progresses . But my opinion doesn’t matter , I am one of the people that wants another shut down . its been a real turd of a summer and off season with the rude and ignorant tourists around. So , keep up the good work. I would love to have December with 100,000 less people around.

    Saturday, Oct 17 @ 2:13 pm