Dare Reports 44 COVID-19 Cases March 30-April 5
The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports 44 new COVID-19 cases in the last week, March 30-April 5.
The total COVID-19 positive case count in Dare County is 3,000 of which there are 48 active cases among residents of Dare County.
This past week there were 44 new positive COVID-19 cases in Dare County. The virus continues to be predominantly spread by close contact between family members, co-workers, and close friends. The percent of positive tests to total tests for this past week decreased from 9.07% to 7.49%.
Since the last report on 3/30, there have been 49 new COVID-19 cases. Of these 49 new cases:
39 (80%) are symptomatic
45 (92%) acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual or individuals who were positive for COVID-19.
We know we can control the spread of the virus by practicing the 3Ws so please wear a face covering, wait 6 ft apart from others and wash your hands. In addition to the 3Ws, the most effective tool in controlling the spread of this virus is to get your COVID vaccine.
Over the past 13 weeks, the DHHS has provided 14,538 initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and have fully vaccinated 10,246 individuals. Over the next two weeks the DHHS will administer an additional 2,200 first doses and 2,427 second doses.
Any North Carolina resident or property owner age 16 and older who wishes to receive the vaccine can now be vaccinated in Dare County. To register please go to the county website now at www.darenc.com/covidvaccine to complete the vaccination request form. Staff will then call you to schedule an appointment. Appointments are generally available the same week you register online.
If you have registered on the website for a vaccine and no longer need your appointment, please email the DHHS at [email protected] so they can remove you from the waitlist. Additionally, please only register one time through the website. If you are unsure if your registration was successfully submitted, you may call the DHHS at 252-475-5008 or send an email to [email protected] to check. This will help the DHHS to be as efficient as possible when scheduling appointments.
This past week there were 587 COVID-19 diagnostic tests reported in Dare County. This brings the total number of tests performed since early March of 2020 to 36,149. There were 44 positive cases between March 29 and April 4. The percent of positive tests to overall tests in Dare County since testing started in March 2020 remained at 8.29%. The percent of positive tests to total tests for the past week alone decreased 7.49%. Syndromic surveillance of individuals presenting with COVID like symptoms to the emergency department and urgent care centers continues to show low levels of activity. These graphs can be found on the Dare County website at www.darenc.com/covid19.
“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.