COVID-19 case number remains 22 for Dare

Published 6:52 am Sunday, May 24, 2020

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The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Dare County has remained at 22 for the past eight days. Of those 22 Dare County cases, 19 have recovered or are asymptomatically cleared, one has died and two are active. Of the two active cases, Dare reports one is hospitalized and one is recovering in home isolation.

For a time on Friday, the state’s COVID-19 dashboard reported that Dare County had three deaths, which is not the case. The county has recorded only one death.

Kelly Nettnin, communications specialist with Dare Health and Human Services, replied by email to a query about the figure: “We have been in touch with the state and they have confirmed that the number listed on their site is incorrect. NCDHHS reported having an issue with tableau (their software system) and is working on correcting the numbers on their site. The numbers on

Get the latest headlines sent to you are correct. To date, there has only been one fatality associated with COVID-19 in Dare County.”

As if May 22, in North Carolina, 21,618 cases of COVID-19 have been lab-confirmed and represent an additional 758 new cases. Cases are now in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties.

In North Carolina, 728 fatalities associated with COVID-19 are listed, an increase of 12 deaths from the previous day. The state is reporting 568 hospitalizations due to coronavirus, a decrease of 10 cases.

Dare County Health Division has made arrangements to offer drive-through testing on May 26 by appointment. The 200 slots filled up quickly. An announcement will be made by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27 with details about the next event.

At 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22, North Carolina moved into Safer At Home Phase 2. The phase slowly lifts COVID-19 restrictions. It was advised that individuals at high risk for serious illness should continue to stay at home and only travel for absolute essential purposes. Social gatherings are still limited. Indoor gatherings should have no more than 10 individuals and outdoor gatherings should have no more than 25 individuals.

For information on COVID-19 cases in Dare County and the State of North Carolina, visit

Dare County’s COVID-19 Call Center will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. The center will reopen Tuesday, May 26 at 8:30 a.m. The number for the call center is 252-475-5008.



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