COVID-19 case count update

Published 10:38 am Wednesday, August 26, 2020

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On Tuesday, Aug. 25, Dare County reported a dozen new cases.

Over the past three weeks, relatively low numbers of new COVID-19 cases, less than 25 each week have been noted. The majority of Tuesday’s new cases acquired the virus by direct contact. “Close contact continues to be the predominant way we are seeing the virus spread. This reaffirms how important it is for each of us to do our part and remain vigilant by following the 3Ws to help reduce the spread COVID-19,” stated Tuesday’s bulletin from Dare County Department of Health & Human Services.

In Dare, the total number of cases is 436, of which 234 are residents and 202 are non-residents. Of the total, 343 individuals have recovered.

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In Dare County, 21 cases are active with 13 in home isolation, seven in isolation outside Dare County and one person hospitalized.

Among non-residents, 132 have recovered, six are in isolation in Dare County, 63 have transferred isolation to home counties and one is hospitalized.

Dare remains below 5% on one key metric. This past week, 897 COVID-19 diagnostic tests were performed in Dare County by local healthcare providers. This brings the total number of tests performed since early March to 10,238. Between Aug. 17 and Aug. 23, 21 positive cases were reported. The percent of positive tests to overall tests in Dare County since testing started in early March decreased again this week for the fifth week in a row to 4.07%. The percent positive to total tests for the past week alone was 2.34%.

A new COVID-19 testing center is now available in Nags Head.

Outer Banks Testing Center at 4917 S. Croatan Hwy., Suite 3, Nags Head, is specifically for individuals who are asymptomatic and have no known exposure to COVID-19. This can include individuals who need a COVID-19 diagnostic test for a pre-operative procedure or for travel-related purposes.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling the testing center at 252-449-6175.

The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday with testing scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, the center is open 8 a.m. to noon, with testing scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. test results are available within 24 to 48 hours.

In Hyde County, 80 individuals have tested positive. Some 52 individuals have recovered. Hyde has 28 active positive cases.

In Tyrrell County, 106 positive cases have been reported, with 103 recoveries and two deaths.

In Camden County, a total of 83 lab-confirmed cases are noted with 25 active, 56 recovered and two deaths registered.

In Currituck County, the total lab-confirmed cases are 88 with 12 active cases.

In Pasquotank County, 483 individuals have lab-confirmed cases but 394 have recovered. Some 66 cases are active and 23 deaths from coronavirus have been registered.

In North Carolina, total cases number 157,741, a daily increase of 1,345 cases. Hospitalizations number 1,000. Some 2,570 North Carolinians have died from coronavirus.