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Additional COVID-19 related deaths reported in Currituck and Tyrrell

Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health reported Thursday the third death in Tyrrell County associated with coronavirus. Overall, Tyrrell has a cumulative total of 116 COVID-19 cases with 111 recoveries.

In Hyde County as of Sept. 25, the total COVID-19 case count is 127. Of this total, one is an active case. Of the 127 cases, “55 have been linked to a congregant living setting,” reports the county’s Health Department.

The Wednesday, Sept. 23 Health Department release states: “Hyde County has no clusters at this time, but continues to report an outbreak in a nursing home. The outbreak status will continue to report until the facility has been COVID-free for 28 days.”

Hyde County has recorded five deaths from the coronavirus.

On Sept. 23, Albemarle Regional Health Services was notified of two additional deaths associated with COVID-19 in Currituck County residents. Both individuals were over the age of 65 and succumbed to complications from COVID-19. One of these deaths is associated with the facility outbreak at Currituck House. Currituck Health and Rehab also has reported two COVID-19 cases.

Albemarle Regional Health Service reports the following as of Sept. 25:

Pasquotank County: 695 lab confirmed cases with 107 active cases. 557 have recovered and 31 people have died.

Camden County: 113 lab confirmed cases with seven active. 103 have recovered and three people have died.

Currituck County: 182 lab confirmed cases with 48 active. 131 have recovered and three people have died.

In Dare County, the number of positive COVID-19 tests is 529, of which 11 are active cases among residents of the county.

Of the 529 cases, 286 are residents and 243 are non-residents. Two residents are currently hospitalized due to complications associated with COVID-19. Three people have died from the coronavirus. Another person died from other causes.

Since the last Dare County Department of Health and Human Services update was issued, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, nine new positive cases have been reported. Of these nine cases, eight are residents and one is a non-resident.

Contract tracing has been completed on all of the new 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, states the update.

The update from Dare County Department of Health and Human Services says, “practicing general wellness during these difficult times can help improve an individual’s likelihood of preventing or recovering from illness due to COVID-19. We are strongly encouraging eligible individuals to get their flu vaccine this year in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A combination of both viruses or one after the other, may be extremely detrimental for your health, respiratory health and overall ability to recover. People who can avoid the flu will also help reduce the burden on our health care system which is already stressed by COVID-19. Additionally, the more individuals who get their flu vaccines, the better we are able to protect our vulnerable populations.”

Dare County Health and Human Services has announced the following flu clinic dates and locations:

– Manteo Health Campus: Available everyday

– Frisco Health & Human Services Campus: Every Friday through Oct. 31

– Northern Beach Office: Every Friday through Oct. 31

– Baum Center: Oct. 8, 2020. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

– Fessenden Center: Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

– Dare County Center: Oct. 22, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The clinics will be by appointment only to prevent overcrowding and encourage appropriate physical distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To schedule an appointment, call 252-475-5003 and select option #2 for the clinic.

Free vaccines are provided for all children ages 6 months to 18 years who have Medicaid, do not have insurance or whose insurance does not cover vaccinations. Insurance claims will be filed for Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medcost, Health Choice, Tricare or Medicare. Otherwise, the cost of the flu shot is $35.

At the state level, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases passed the 200,000 mark. As of Sept. 25, the state’s total is 204,331 cases, a daily increase of 1,693. Hospitalizations remain stable at 903 patients. On Friday, Sept. 25, North Carolina is reporting 3,409 deaths.

On Wednesday, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services launched a new app called SlowCOVIDNC, which is the official exposure notification of NCDHHS. The new appl alerts North Carolinians when they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The state reports that it is completely anonymous and does not collect, store or share personal information or location data. On the first day, 50,000 North Carolinians downloaded the program. The address for the app is covid19.ncdhhs.gov/slowcovidnc.

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