By Outer Banks Voice on November 13, 2020
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.”
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.
See todays COVID-19 Update for NC interactive charts
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.
SOURCE: NC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES