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Additional COVID-19 case reported in Dare; total now 23

In a video update released by Dare County late Tuesday afternoon, June 2, Sheila Davies, the director of Dare County Department of Health and Human Services, announced an additional COVID-19 case, bringing Dare’s total to 23.

Davies stated the individual is a non-resident who contracted COVID-19 through direct contact with a family member. She also stated the individual is asymptomatic and is isolating in their home county.

“In this particular case the individual returned to their home county prior to us receiving the test results,” said Davies. “Upon receiving the positive result, we notified the individual’s home county health department and worked closely with that health department and the individual who tested positive to ensure all direct contacts in Dare County were identified and notified.”

Davies also noted that the county’s online COVID-19 dashboard has been revamped and breaks down residents and non-residents as well as overall demographics including gender and age.

Of the 23 cases reported, 18 are residents and five are non-residents. Of the 18 residents, 15 have recovered or have been asymptomatically cleared, one has died and two cases are active and have been for over three weeks. One is hospitalized and the other is at home. According to Davies, those two cases are not connected. She also said one individual is over 65 and considered high risk, while the other is middle aged with no underlying medical conditions. She said both have been retested and both are still COVID-19 positive.

Davies also reviewed the four key metrics being tracked, which are the weekly number of tests, laboratory confirmed cases, positive tests as a percent of total tests and COVID-like illness surveillance. She stated that through May 31, 1,021 test results have been reported to Dare, including 301 this past week.

There were 179 tests performed at last week’s drive through testing event. Of the results reported to the county, 177 were negative and two were deemed invalid due to “insufficient specimens.”

Davies urged people to “help us spread facts, not fear.” Sites listed for additional information are: darenc.com/covid19, cdc.gov/coronavirus and ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus.

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