By Outer Banks Voice on October 20, 2020
For the second time in five days, the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DCDHHS) reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 on Oct. 20. (Prior to this past week, you had to go back to July 27 to find a day with that many new cases.) In the past seven days, 51 new cases have been reported.
Of the 13 new cases, 11 of them involved residents of Dare County and two of them involved non-residents. Four of those individuals are under 25 years of age; three are between the ages of 25-49; three of them are between the ages of 50-64 years old; and three are at least 65 years of age.
A DCDHHS update, issued on Oct. 20 before the 13 new cases were reported, indicated that the county had experienced its highest number of weekly cases since late July. In addition, The percent of positive tests to total tests for the past week increased to 5.87%.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) reported 1,578 new cases of COVID-19 on Oct. 20, a number that is below some recent daily counts. But other key metrics reported today are more concerning.
The total number of COVID-19 deaths reported to date, 3,992, represents an increase of 53 deaths from the day before. The number of people hospitalized on Oct. 20 increased substantially, up to 1,203. (By way of comparison, the number of people hospitalized with COVID one month earlier, on Sept. 20, was 886.)
One other worrisome number reported on Oct. 20 is that the percentage of positive tests to total tests jumped to 7.4%, up significantly from 5.7% one day earlier.
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.
SOURCE: NC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES