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Dare County testing event results reported; new testing events set

On June 30, 2020, Dare County Department of Health and Human Services partnered with Mako Medical Laboratories to host an antibody and diagnostic testing event for COVID19. The following is a summary of the results:

– 379 diagnostic tests conducted: seven positive tests, four inconclusive, three invalid, 368 negative

– 344 antibody tests conducted: eight positive tests, 336 negative

This week, the department is partnering with Mako Medical Laboratories to host a community testing event on Thursday, July 9 at the Fessenden Center located at 46830 NC 12 in Buxton. All antibody appointments have been filled, however there are still diagnostic appointments available as of press time.

Another testing clinic will be held on Tuesday, July 14 starting at 1 p.m. at Dare County Parks and Recreation located at 602 Mustian St. in Kill Devil Hills. Individuals can register for an appointment for the diagnostic test, the antibody test or both.

Appointments are required to attend these events. Participation is open to permanent residents of Dare County, ages 10 and older. To schedule an appointment for either testing event, call 252-475-5008. The call center is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

On July 7, Mandy Cohen, secretary of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, announced the issuance of a statewide order for COVID-19 testing.

The order allows testing sites to collect and submit samples to a laboratory for COVID-19 testing without requiring a specific order from a doctor. The order authorizes testing sites to receive results directly from laboratories. The standing order facilitates community-based testing sites and reduces barriers to testing, especially for members of historically marginalized populations who may be less likely to have a medical home.

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