DHHS’ Davies makes “plea” to “mask up” 

By on November 13, 2020

Cites serious concerns about rising COVID cases

On a day when Dare County reported 18 new cases of COVID-19, Dare County Health and Human Services Director Sheila Davies issued a somber “call to action” for residents to slow the spread of the virus through mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing.

“We must address the growing number of new cases we are seeing in Dare County,” she said in a video released on the afternoon of Nov. 13. “I am concerned that the worst of the pandemic still lies ahead.”

The numbers tell the story of that spread. In less than two weeks, Davies pointed out, the county has reported 162 new cases of COVID-19 (with 76 occurring in the past four days alone). About three-quarters, 77% of those cases, have involved local residents. A full 86% of those recently infected have experienced symptoms. And 75% of these infections have been transmitted through direct contact.

Davies also said that the virus is being spread primarily through in-person contact at small gatherings where people often feel comfortable and let their guard down.

“The rise in cases,” she said, “is linked to friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors gathering with each other in social settings, in backyards, and driveways and living rooms, in churches, youth groups, in work break rooms and at sleepovers.”

“I am pleading with the people of Dare County to take action,” she added. “A plea for everyone to mask up if you will be with others.”


North Carolina

Several of the metrics in today’s Nov. 13 report from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) are different – in one case, because of new way of categorizing hospitalizations and in another, because of a one-day change in data collection.

Today’s numbers for cases, deaths and tests are artificially lower than they would be. But that is temporary, for this day only, because the Nov. 13 data reflect only a 10-hour period rather than the usual 24-hour period.

The number of hospitalizations for Nov. 13. show a significant increase due to a change in CDC rules. As the NCDHHS explains, “Previously, the CDC required that hospitals report patients only when they were under isolation precautions, which is typically a maximum of 21 days. Because patients may suffer the effects of COVID-19 for a longer period of time, the CDC now requires that hospitalizations be reported for the entire length of stay.” That increase of hospitalizations will continue to be reflected in the daily numbers collected by the state.


Statewide NC coronavirus numbers on November 13

See todays COVID-19 Update for NC interactive charts

  • Total reported NC cases – 305,233
  • New cases reported today – 1,779
  • Reported deaths – 4,720
  • Currently hospitalized – 1,423
  • Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized in past 24 hours – 288 (down 41 since yesterday)
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalized in past 24 hours – 184 (up 30 from yesterday)
  • Adults in ICU with COVID-19 – 352 (up 27 from yesterday)
  • Patients presumed to be recovered – 261,719   
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 1,312 (Dare 865, Currituck 268, Hyde 179)
  • Completed tests – 4,522,336
  • Daily percent positive tests – 8.0%

Note: Every morning, the NC Department of Health and Human Services posts updates the 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


  • Chuck C.

    So many people are not taking it seriously. MASK UP, show respect to others, stop acting like a child refusing to eat their vegetables. It’s not a big deal. Act like a grown up! You wear your seatbelt, you stop at stop signs, what’s the big deal about wearing a mask in a store for 5 minutes. Lazy selfish Americans we are. The more we comply and go by the recommended guidelines, the sooner this will be over and we can go back to normal.

    Friday, Nov 13 @ 4:57 pm
  • Eric

    Can everyone just take 1 hour and research the PCR test, it’s inventor, Kary Mullis who won the Noble Prize for it, the recommend cycles and the number of cycles NC is testing at.

    Friday, Nov 13 @ 6:32 pm
  • Candace Heyward

    as Mark Twain said:there are three kinds of lies,…lies,damn lies and statistics…

    Saturday, Nov 14 @ 6:19 am
  • Bud

    Some folks do not believe in common sense, or lack the capacity.

    Saturday, Nov 14 @ 7:50 am
  • Chuck C.

    Just got a call this morning, one of my best friends since childhood died last night from covid. 48 years old……too young. WAKE UP AMERICA! 😥

    Saturday, Nov 14 @ 1:35 pm
  • 1Chzer

    Let’s see Elon Musk just had 4 Covid tests done by the same nurse with the same machine and two came back negative and two positives. Grammy Winner Erykah Badu Questions Coronavirus Test Results: ‘Left Nostril Positive. Right Nostril Negative’. Google it and you’ll see! Also really funny how the number of Flu cases and deaths from it for 2020 are minimal. I’m tried of the lies and hipocracy.

    Sunday, Nov 15 @ 8:27 pm
  • Roadrunner

    Anyone who thinks Covid 19 is a lie is also a damn fool! Mask should be required..no questions asked. To me, this is not a question of me having the freedom to do as I wish, (and I cherish my freedom) Its a question of saving lives. You can debate the constitutionality of it after Covid 19 has been controlled.

    Tuesday, Nov 17 @ 3:03 pm
  • Dethrol

    Nope, sorry. The constitutionality is exactly the point. The Constitution constrains the government by limiting and expressly prohibiting the Government from violating individual liberty. There is no process in the Constitution that allows the government to enact laws and then consider their constitutionality. This is exactly backwards. Legislatures develop potential laws and then vet them through a legislative process that includes a check on their constitutionality. Nothing could be more UNconstitutional than the loose set of liberty-crushing and ever-changing executive fiats that are being imposed here and elsewhere in the U.S.

    Thursday, Nov 19 @ 2:29 pm
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