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COVID-19 case count updates noted, Hyde outbreak ‘resolved’

On Wednesday, July 22, Dare County Health and Human Services announced 15 additional COVID-19 positive tests, bringing the total number of positive tests in the county to 292.

Residents account for 170 of the positive tests; non-residents 122.

Of the 170 residents with positive tests, 69 are in home isolation; two are hospitalized; one has died and 98 have recovered or been asymptomatically cleared.

Of the 122 non-residents with positive tests, 45 have transferred isolation to a home county. Seven reportedly remain in isolation in Dare County and 70 have recovered or been asymptomatically cleared.

Dare County’s Tuesday, July 21 update stated “the majority of cases continue to experience mild to moderate symptoms, however there are cases which have experienced severe illness. Currently, two residents remain hospitalized in critical condition.”

About reducing the spread of the disease, the Dare update stated “the majority of cases are occurring because of direct contact in social circles or households. We are seeing friends spreading the virus to friends as well as family members spreading it to family members. There is also an indication of community spread since some individuals are unaware of how they acquired the virus. This number of individuals contracting the virus through community spread, however, is lower compared to those who acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual who had previously tested positive.”

Another testing clinic will be held Tuesday, July 28, 2020, starting at 1 p.m. at Dare County Center located at 950 Marshall Collins Drive in 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.

Dare County is partnering with Mako Medical Laboratories for these testing clinics.

As of 3 p.m. on July 22, Hyde County Health Department reported 35 total cases for Hyde. Of those, 32 have recovered and three are reported to be active positive.

Hyde’s health department issued a press released Wednesday stating that a workplace outbreak in Swan Quarter has been resolved. “Thanks to the joint efforts of the Hyde County Health Department and a Swan Quarter business owner, what was classified as an ‘outbreak’ in a workplace setting has been resolved,” stated the press release. “People who are visiting the NC DHHS COVID-19 Dashboard website may have seen that case counts spiked between July 9 and July 17, which was related to this outbreak.”

The Hyde County Health Department partnered with Mako Medical for a testing event last week and the release stated the “event was a success with 20 participants who have received their results.” It was also stated that additional testing events are being planned, including both Ocracoke Island and the mainland. Information on dates and locations is forthcoming. For questions or information, call 252-926-4399 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On July 22, the Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health Department reported four additional cases and one additional recovery for Tyrrell, bringing that county’s total to 83 lab-confirmed cases with 70 recoveries. One death has been recorded in Tyrrell County.

Albemarle Regional Health Services provided case counts as of 11 a.m., July 17, 2020. Current COVID-19 case counts for Currituck County are 39 lab confirmed cases, 16 active and 23 recovered; 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.

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