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Additional COVID-19 cases reported in Dare and Tyrrell

On Sunday, July 12, Dare County Health and Human Services announced 12 additional COVID-19 positive tests, bringing the total number of positive tests in the county to 206.

Residents account for 118 of the positive tests; non-residents 88.

Of the 118 residents with positive tests, 54 are in home isolation, one is hospitalized, one has died and 62 have recovered or been asymptomatically cleared.

Of the 88 non-residents with positive tests, 24 have transferred isolation to a home county. Twenty reportedly remain in isolation in Dare County and 44 have recovered or been asymptomatically cleared.

In Dare’s Friday update, it was noted the “majority of cases we are seeing in Dare County are the result of direct contact with a positive case. Often this direct contact is occurring before the individual who is positive develops symptoms. This speaks to the critical importance of limiting direct contact and maintaining physical distance to others. We also continue to see a large number of direct contacts associated with many of the positive cases which indicates our numbers are very likely to increase dramatically in the week ahead.

“We understand social distancing is inconvenient and can be especially challenging for the young adult population given the desire to be social and enjoy time with friends. Unfortunately, if we don’t follow the 3Ws consistently (WEAR, WAIT and WASH), we are going to continue to see our numbers grow,” continued the statement. “Please help support your friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors in following the 3Ws. We don’t need finger pointing and blame, we need cooperation and cohesiveness. We have a strong community – we can get through this together!”

Dare County DHHS has partnered with Mako Medical for a testing clinic to be held on Tuesday, July 14 starting at 1 p.m. at Dare County Parks & 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. To schedule an appointment, call 252-475-5008.

According to Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health, three new positive COVID-19 cases and three more recoveries were reported in Tyrrell County on Sunday, bringing that county’s total number of positive cases to 52, with 39 recovered and one death.

As of 3 p.m. on July 12, Hyde County Health Department reports 31 total cases for Hyde. Of those, eight are reported to be active positive.

Albemarle Regional Health Services, which serves eight northeastern counties, monitors outbreaks at local facilities.

In its July 10, 2020, news release, the health agency reported that the outbreak at Elizabeth City Health and Rehabilitation has “resolved.” North Carolina considers an outbreak over if there is no evidence of continued transmission, which is measured at the 28th day after the latest date of onset of symptoms or latest specimen date of a person who is asympomatic.

Current COVID-19 case counts for Currituck County (23 lab confirmed cases – three active and 20 recovered), Pasquotank County (234 lab confirmed cases – 23 active, 194 recovered and 17 deaths) and Camden County (34 lab confirmed cases – 7 active, 26 recovered and one death) were also reported Friday by ARHS.

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