Area COVID-19 case count update
Published 8:00 am Sunday, July 19, 2020
On Saturday afternoon, July 18, Dare County Health and Human Services announced nine new COVID-19 positive tests, bringing the total number of positive tests in the county to 255.
Residents account for 145 of the positive tests; non-residents 110.
Of the 145 residents with positive tests, 55 are in home isolation, three are hospitalized, one has died and 86 have recovered or been asymptomatically cleared.
Of the three hospitalized, one reported July 17 is a male resident 65 or older; one reported July 15 is a female resident 65 or older; the third is also a resident male 65 or older, reported previously. Two are hospitalized out of the area. One is in Dare County.
Of the 110 non-residents with positive tests, 35 have transferred isolation to a home county. Some 14 remain in isolation in Dare County, one is hospitalized and 60 have recovered or been asymptomatically cleared.
Since reporting started in Dare County, positive cases are in the following age ranges: 17 and under – 39; 18 to 24 years – 70; 25 to 49 years – 80; 50 to 64 years – 40; and 65 and over – 26.
On Tuesday, July 14, Dare County Department of Health and Human Services partnered with Mako Medical Laboratories for a testing clinic at Dare County Parks and Recreation facility in Kill Devil Hills. The summary of results shows:
– 243 diagnostic tests conducted: seven positive, 0 inconclusive, 0 invalid, 236 negative.
– 194 antibody tests conducted: five positive, 189 negative.
Another testing clinic will be held on Tuesday, July 28 starting at 1 p.m. at Dare County Center located at 950 Marshall Collins Drive, Manteo. Individuals can register for an appointment for the diagnostic test, the antibody test or both. Registration is required.
To schedule an appointment, call 252-475-5008. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants are required to send a photocopy of their government-issued identification card and insurance card prior to the event.
As of 3 p.m. Saturday, Hyde County Health Department reports 33 total cases of COVID-19. Of those, only one is reported to be active positive and 32 are reported as recoveries.
Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health reported that Tyrrell County had no new cases and five recoveries on Saturday. Tyrrell has 64 lab-confirmed cases with 58 recovered. The county has had one death associated with COVID-19 according to MTW District Health.
Residents of Tyrrell, Washington and Martin counties aged 10 or older are eligible for a drive through testing event set for July 23 from 1-5 p.m. at the West Martin Community Center in Oak City. Participants need to bring ID and their insurance card. Those without insurance will receive a test at no cost, according to the testing event announcement. Call 252-793-1620 for an appointment, which is required.
As of July 17, COVID-19 case counts for Currituck, Pasquotank and Camden counties reported by Albemarle Regional Health Services in their weekly update are: Currituck County – 39 lab-confirmed cases, 16 active, 23 recovered and no deaths; Pasquotank County – 262 lab confirmed cases, 17 active, 228 recovered and 17 deaths; and Camden County – 44 lab confirmed cases, 11 active, 31 recovered and two deaths. The report indicates overall case count increases of 16 in Currituck, 28 in Pasquotank and 10 in Camden from the prior week’s ARHS report.
“ARHS has been very involved with our local school systems in regards to reopening in the fall. ARHS will continue to facilitate region wide group discussions to assist our school partners in aligning their plans and identifying best practices to reopen our school buildings safely for students, teachers, and staff,” stated R. Battle Betts Jr., MPA, ARHS health director regarding Governor Roy Cooper’s announcement about reopening schools.