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Dare County COVID-19 case update reported

As of Tuesday, July 7, the number of positive COVID-19 tests in Dare County sits at 150. The county reports that active cases number 40 and are in home isolation. Of the 150 cases, 82 are residents and 68 are non-residents.

The majority of cases continue to experience mild to moderate symptoms, however there are a few cases which have experienced severe illness. Currently, one resident and one non-resident are both hospitalized out of the area in critical condition.

Since the last Dare County update issued Friday, July 3, 24 new positive cases have been recorded. Of these 24 cases, 11 are residents and 13 are non-residents.

Of the 11 resident cases:

– Two of the cases are family members, both symptomatic. One family member reportedly acquired the virus by community spread and then infected the other family member.

– Four cases are close contacts, all symptomatic, who acquired with virus by direct contact with cases whose results were reported on July 2 and July 3.

– Four cases are not connected, are symptomatic, who acquired the virus by community spread.

– One case is asymptomatic and acquired the virus by community spread.

Of the 13 nonresident cases:

– Six cases are close contacts, four symptomatic and two asymptomatic, who acquired the virus by direct contact with cases whose results were reported on July 2 and July 3. These cases are connected with the four resident cases above.

– One case is asymptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual whose result was reported on July 1.

– Five other cases are not connected, all symptomatic, who acquired the virus by community spread.

– One case is asymptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with a family member.

Contract tracing has been completed and direct contacts provided by these individuals have been identified, notified and directed to quarantine for 14 days from the last date of exposure with the positive case.

On Thursday, July 2, Dare County Health Director Sheila Davies issued three orders to either isolate or quarantine.

At the state level, as of noon, Tuesday, July 7, total lab-confirmed cases reached 75,875, an increase over Monday of 1,346. Hospitalizations with COVID-19 numbered 989 and 1,421 North Carolinians have died as a result of the pandemic.

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