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Cross Creek COVID-free for 28 days, other area case counts updated

As of Oct. 8, 2020, Hyde County reported a total COVID-19 case count of 146. Of this total, 18 are now active cases, 123 have recovered, and five people have died.

Hyde County has no clusters at this time, states the latest county update, issued Oct. 9. The county is reporting an outbreak in Hyde County Correctional Institute. Initially, 18 tests were reported; 16 prisoners remain active with the virus. Local nursing home Cross Creek Healthcare has been COVID-free for 28 days or more, which removes the nursing home from outbreak status.

In Dare County, the cumulative total of lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 tests is 584. Twenty-one of those cases are active among residents. One resident remains hospitalized.

Of the total, 318 are residents and 266 are non-residents, four of which are isolating in the county.

Since the last Dare County update issued Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, 16 new positive cases were reported. Of these 16 cases, nine are residents and seven are non-residents.

Contact tracing has been completed on 15 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. Dare contact tracers are working with one individual to identify and notify their direct contacts.

Peak Resources in Dare County is on the outbreak list with two positive cases recorded for residents.

Two testing clinic opportunities will be available for Dare County residents.

One will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Cape Hatteras Elementary School, located at 47500 Middle Ridge Rd. in Buxton.

Another testing clinic will be held at Soundside Event Site, located at 6800 S. Croatan Hwy. in Nags Head, during the first week of November. Details about the testing event in Nags Head will be released by October 21.

These testing events will offer drive through diagnostic testing for those age 5 and older. These clinics are not offering antibody testing at this time. The diagnostic test indicates whether an individual has a current COVID-19 infection.

To schedule an appointment for the Oct. 20 testing event, call 252-475-5008. The call center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Participants registering for the community testing events are required to send a photocopy of their government-issued identification card and insurance card prior to the event.

On Oct. 8, the Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District health reported Tyrrell with 119 lab-confirmed cases with 115 recovered. Three deaths have been recorded in Tyrrell County. The Tyrrell Prison Work Farm is in outbreak status with nine tests administered and 22 recovered.

As of Oct. 7, 2020, Albemarle Regional Health Services has forwarded the following case information:

Camden: 125 lab-confirmed cases with 18 active and 104 recovered. Three deaths have occurred.

Currituck: 196 lab-confirmed cases with 16 active. Some 176 have recovered. The county has experienced four deaths. Currituck Health and Rehab reports two staff cases of COVID-19. At Currituck House, 27 total cases are reported, 10 staff and 17 residents and three of the county’s four deaths are attributed to the outbreak at the Currituck House.

Pasquotank: 757 lab-confirmed cases of which 112 are active. Some 612 have recovered, while 33 people have died. At Elizabeth City Health and Rehabilitation, eight staffers and 11 residents are reported as having lab-confirmed cases. WaterBrooke LTCF reported eight staff and 19 residents infected with COVID 19. Seven deaths have occurred at the facility.

As of noon on Friday, Oct. 9, across North Carolina, a cumulative total of lab-confirmed cases stands at 227,431. Currently, 1,065 people have been hospitalized and 3,747 North Carolinians have died of COVID-19.

Additional COVID-19 information from North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services includes:

– More than 100,000 people have downloaded SlowCOVIDNC (covid19.ncdhhs.gov/slowcovidnc), the official exposure notification app of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

– NCDHHS will launch its new electronic system to streamline the process for creating death records with a staggered rollout beginning on Oct. 19 in eight counties (Buncombe, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Johnston, Mecklenburg, Orange and Wake counties). Statewide implementation is anticipated by June 2021.

– NCDHHS is providing $35 million in operational grants from federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to help child care programs providing in-person child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. From April through July, NCDHHS has provided over $80 million in monthly operational grants for child care programs that served over 105,000 children statewide throughout the pandemic.

– The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended essential flexibilities for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to ensure participants continue to receive food and health support throughout the COVID-19 national public health emergency. Extending these waivers allows nutritionally at-risk mothers, babies and children to use their benefits in a safe manner and enables the WIC program to operate based on local conditions throughout the pandemic.

– NCDHHS updated its COVID-19 guidance for places of worship and shared a toolkit to support faith leaders in slowing the spread of the virus. Find the guidance at files.nc.gov/covid/documents/guidance/NCDHHS-Interim-Guidance-for-Places-of-Worship.pdf.

– NCDHHS has partnered with United Providers of Health (UPOH) to address unmet health care needs of historically marginalized communities. A new $7 million statewide effort will support NCDHHS’ COVID-19 response by providing preventative healthcare services, connections to mental health supports and help securing non-medical drivers of health like food and housing.

– North Carolina minority and women-owned businesses hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic will have access to guidance and $12 million in grants to help them weather the crisis. The North Carolina Department of Administration has launched a new grant program, RETOOLNC, to help North Carolina Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms impacted by COVID-19.

To learn more about the RETOOLNC initiative, visit ncadmin.nc.gov/businesses/hub for details. HUB firms interested in receiving state certification can email hub.retoolnc@doa.ncgov or call 984-236-0148 for assistance.

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