COVID-19 update for Dare and region

Published 8:25 am Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to add cases in Dare County and North Carolina.

As of Tuesday, Aug. 4, the COVID-19 positive case count in Dare County is 360.

Of that total, 22 are considered active cases, all of which are in home isolation.

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The total cases are spread between 203 resident cases and 157 non-resident cases.

Some 179 resident cases have recovered.

Dare County reported a second death this week due to COVID 19. However, the overall numbers of new positive cases this week was encouraging, states Tuesday’s bulletin. Over this past week Dare County had the lowest number of new positive cases since the week of June 15, despite having the highest number of tests performed in this particular week.

“We must all remain vigilant if we are to see this trend continue,” states the Dare Department of Health and Human Services update.

Since Friday, July 31, Dare County has recorded 13 new positive cases, with six residents and seven non-residents.

Contact tracing has been completed on 11 of the cases 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. The department is working to complete contact tracing on the other two new cases.

Another testing clinic will be hosted by Mako Medical Laboratories and the Dare Department of Health and Human Services. The clinic will be held Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 starting at 1 p.m. at Dare County Parks & Recreation located at 602 Mustian St, Kill Devil Hills. 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-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants are required to send a photocopy of a government-issued identification card and insurance card prior to the event.

On Aug. 4, North Carolina reported 128,161 total cases which includes 1,629 new cases. Some 1,166 North Carolinians are hospitalized with COVID-19 and 2,010 people in North Carolina have died from the coronavirus.

In this region, Hyde County Health Department reports that all 36 cases in that county have recovered.

As of Aug. 3, no new cases were reported in Tyrrell which has tallied a total of 92 positive cases. Of that total, 88 have recovered.