Dare Updates on 9 Most Recent COVID-19 Cases Sept. 23-25
The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Dare County is 529, of which there are 11 active cases among residents of Dare 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.
Since the last Dare County DHHS Update issued, Tuesday, September 22, there have been 9 new positive cases. Of these 9 cases, 8 are residents and 1 is a non-resident. The Dare County website has already been updated to reflect all of these cases.
Of the 8 new resident cases since Tuesday, September 22nd:
1 individual is asymptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual whose positive test result was reported on 9/18.
1 individual is symptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual whose positive test result was reported on 9/21.
1 individual is symptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual who tested positive for the virus outside of Dare County.
5 of the cases are not connected. 3 are symptomatic and 2 are asymptomatic. It is unclear how these individuals acquired the virus.
The 1 new non-resident case since Tuesday, September 22nd is symptomatic. It is unclear how this individual acquired the virus.
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.
Controlling the Spread
We have been fortunate in Dare County over the past few weeks to have relatively low numbers of new cases and the DHHS appreciates the public’s support of using the proven tools available to help reduce the spread of COVID 19. Please continue to 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
Practicing general wellness during these difficult times can help improve an individual’s likelihood of preventing or recovering from illness due to COVID-19. The DHHS strongly encourages 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. For more information on DCDHHS Flu Clinic dates and locations visit www.darenc.com/flu.
“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.
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.