March 25, 2020
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our country and in the state of North Carolina continues to grow. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services currently is reporting there are 504 cases in 53 counties. North Carolina has announced the first death from COVID-19. The individual had been receiving hospital-based care in Cabarrus County.
Earlier today, the County’s Division of Public Health announced the first positive test result for COVID-19 in Dare County. The individual has been self-isolating since originally being tested in Dare County and is reported to be doing well. No additional details will be released about the individual to protect patient privacy. Dare County Department of Health & Human Services staff is actively investigating this individual’s activity and anyone who is determined to have been in direct contact with the individual will be notified by public health staff.
The public will continue to be notified of any additional individuals who test positive for COVID-19 in Dare County as soon as possible.
To protect yourself and your family, remain vigilant and continue to follow recommendations from the CDC and NCDHHS. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Stay home and eliminate nonessential travel. If you must go out, practice social distancing by remaining at least 6 feet away from others. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your face. Stay home if you are feeling ill or experiencing any symptoms. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces as much as possible.
Dare County remains under a State of Emergency. Restrictions remain in place prohibiting access to Dare County for visitors and non-resident property owners. The Dare County Control Group continues to meet daily to receive updates and make any decisions necessary to protect the public health and safety of our citizens.
The Dare County COVID-19 Call Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to help address your questions on testing, travel restrictions, and symptoms, and can be reached at 252.475.5008.