COVID-19 cases on the rise

Published 12:38 am Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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COVID-19 case numbers are increasing in Dare County, across North Carolina and in the United States.

“COVID-19 remains a very contagious virus. We cannot stress enough the importance of everyone doing their part to reduce the spread of this virus by using the proven tools available – the 3 Ws,” reports the Oct. 16 message from Dare County’s Health Division.

“CDC recommends that you wear masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others. Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others.”

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In Dare County, new cases have been increasing.

The cumulative positive case number since March is 637. Of that number, 28 are active cases, with 27 in home isolation and one in a hospital. Active cases increased by six between Monday and Tuesday. Four non-residents are in isolation in Dare County.

“This past week Dare County saw the largest number of new positive cases, 42, since the week of July 27th. While we are still seeing the majority of spread occurring from direct contact, we are seeing some new cases linked with community transmission, meaning the individuals do not know how they acquired the virus. As more people are now interacting more with other people, it is critically important to follow the 3Ws to help reduce the spread COVID-19,” states the Dare County Health Division.

On the congregant living front, in Dare County, Peak Resources is reporting two staff cases and three resident cases, but no new cases of coronavirus.

Hyde County

As of Oct. 20, Hyde County Health Department is reporting 176 total cumulative cases with 24 active cases. Hyde County Correctional Institution tested 473 people initially. Testing showed 44 positive cases, with 25 now active, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Tyrrell County

On Oct. 19, the Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health reported Tyrrell with 126 lab-confirmed cases, an increase of one. Three deaths have been recorded in Tyrrell County.

Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank counties

As of Oct. 19, 2020, Albemarle Regional Health Services has published the following case information:

Camden: 133 lab-confirmed cases, up by two cases. Some 23 active, up by one case, and 107 recovered. Three deaths have occurred.

Currituck: 216 lab-confirmed cases, an increase of two. Some 33 cases are active, an increase of one. The county has experienced four deaths. Currituck Health and Rehab continues to report two staff cases of COVID-19 and remains on the outbreak list. 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: 823 lab-confirmed cases, a case increase of 17. Active cases number 109, an increase of 11. Some 679 have recovered, while 35 people have died. Elizabeth City Health and Rehabilitation remains on the outbreak list.

On Oct. 20, North Carolina had a cumulative total of COVID-19 cases of 248,750, an increase of 1,578 cases from Monday, Oct. 19. Hospitalizations increased by 61 patients. Deaths now total 3,992 as 53 more North Carolinians died from the coronavirus. The daily positivity rate of positive tests to tests is 7.4%.