Dare Gives Update on Recent COVID-19 Cases and Testing Event
The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has released some new details about the most recently diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the county, as well as an update on the results of this past Tuesday’s (6/30/20) diagnostic and antibody testing event in Kill Devil Hills.
The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Dare County is 126. Of the 126 cases, 71 are residents and 55 are non-residents. 32 of the resident cases are considered active. 3 are currently hospitalized out of the area and 28 are in home isolation. 16 of the non-resident cases are in isolation in Dare County. “Non-resident” cases are those who do not have a Dare County address listed on their identification card. This includes visitors, non-resident property owners, individuals living and working in Dare County for the summer, and those who may have recently moved to the area and have not yet been able to update their identification card.
Since the last Dare County DHHS Update issued, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 there have been 29 new positive cases. Of these 29 cases, 12 are residents and 17 are non-residents. The Dare County website has already been updated to reflect all of these cases.
Of the 12 resident cases:
- 7 of the resident cases (3 symptomatic and 4 asymptomatic) are close contacts who acquired the virus by direct contact. These 7 cases are also connected to 14 other cases previously reported on.
- 2 of the cases, both symptomatic, are close contacts who acquired the virus by direct contact. These 2 cases are connected to 7 other cases previously reported on.
- 3 of the cases, all symptomatic, are not connected and likely acquired the virus through community spread.
Of the 17 nonresident cases:
- 8 are connected (1 symptomatic and 7 asymptomatic) and are close contacts who acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual whose positive result was reported on 6/25/2020
- 6 are connected (2 symptomatic and 4 asymptomatic) and are close contacts who acquired the virus by direct contact. These cases are also connected to the 21 cases referenced in the resident cases above
- 3 of the cases are not connected. All are symptomatic and most likely acquired the virus by a community spread outside of Dare County.
Contract tracing has been completed on 27 of the 29 cases. Two of the individuals have refused to cooperate and the DHHS is taking additional measures to locate direct contacts associated with those cases.
On June 30, 2020 Dare County DHHS partnered with Mako Medical Laboratories to host an Antibody & Diagnostic testing event for COVID19. 508 individuals were tested at this event. As of Friday, July 3, 2020 at 2pm the results below have been returned. There are still approximately 30 tests still pending. If you attended the event and would like to check for your results please text MAKO to 66349. You need to reply YES when you receive a text back from MAKO and they will then send you a link to sign in for your results.
- 343 antibody results returned. 8 positive results. 335 Negative
- 375 diagnostic results returned. 7 positive results. 4 inconclusive.
The individuals whose results were positive have been contacted and those cases were included in yesterday’s (7/2/20) data dashboard update. The 4 individuals with inconclusive results have also been contacted and encouraged to get re-tested.
Details were announced on Tuesday regarding a second Antibody & Diagnostic testing event. The event will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2020 starting at 10:00 am at Fessenden Center located at 46830 NC-12, Buxton, NC. All antibody appointments have been filled, however there are still diagnostic appointments available. Appointments are required. This event is open to permanent residents of Dare County, ages 10 and older.
To schedule an appointment, please call 252.475.5008. The call center is closed today, July 3, 2020 in observance of the 4th of July holiday. It will reopen Monday at 8:30 a.m. Participants are required to send a photocopy of their government-issued identification card and insurance card prior to the event.
Follow the 3Ws
Please do your part to slow the spread of the virus by following the 3Ws – – wear, wait and wash.
- Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people.
- Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer
Communications and Information Sharing
Dare County DHHS has an established schedule of communication to share information regarding COVID-19. On Tuesdays, a written update and a video update which includes an overview of the previous week’s COVID-19 key metrics is issued, on Thursdays a Spanish Video Update is issued, and on Fridays a written update is issued. All released videos and written updates can be found on our website, DHHS facebook page, Dare County Twitter page, and Dare Emergency Management Twitter page. If you would like to receive these updates directly to your email, please sign up to receive our enotifications.
New positive cases are updated on the dashboard on our website and shared on the DHHS facebook page when we receive them. To find the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases in Dare County visit www.darenc.com/covid19. State COVID-19 data is available at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard.
Cloth face masks or coverings are mandatory to be worn in any public spaces where social distancing can’t be maintained in Dare County and throughout North Carolina. Read more here.
Local and state health officials continue to strongly encourage everyone to follow the 3 Ws – wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people, wait at least six feet apart and avoid close contact with other people, and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.