Dare County Reports 2 COVID-19 Cases on Sept. 4th; Updates on 6 Most Recent
The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has received two new positive COVID-19 test results today, bringing the total number now to 465 cases, as of Friday (9/4/20) afternoon.
These most recent cases include one male resident of Dare in the 18-24 age group in home isolation and one female non-resident in the 25-49 age group who has been transferred to isolation in her home county.
The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Dare County is 465, of which there are 9 active cases among residents of Dare County. Of the 465 cases, 247 are residents and 218 are non-residents.
Since the last Dare County DHHS Update issued, Tuesday, September 1, there have been 6 new positive cases. Of these 6 cases, 2 are residents and 4 are non-residents. The Dare County website has already been updated to reflect all of these cases.
Of the 2 new resident cases since Tuesday, September 1st:
1 individual is symptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual who tested positive outside of Dare County.
1 individual is symptomatic. It is unclear how this individual acquired the virus.
Of the 4 new non-resident cases since Tuesday, September 1st:
3 of the cases are not connected. All are symptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with individuals who tested positive outside of Dare County.
1 case is symptomatic. It is unclear how this individual acquired the virus.
Contract tracing has been completed on 5 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. The DHHS is currently in the process of working with one individual to identify and notify their direct contacts.
Controlling the Spread
The DHHS cannot stress enough how important it is to use the proven tools available to help reduce the spread of COVID 19. Please help keep the number of new cases low by following the 3Ws:
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
Safer at Home Phase 2.5
Today, Friday, September 4, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. North Carolina moves into Safer at Home Phase 2.5. For more information on this phase or Executive Order 163, view North Carolina’s website or Dare Countys website.
“Non-resident” cases are those who do not have a Dare County address listed on their identification card, including 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.
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.