April 5, 2020
The Dare County Division of Public Health has announced the sixth positive test result for COVID-19 in Dare County. The individual is a resident who was tested in Dare County.
“The individual is currently in isolation and being monitored,” according to Dr. Sheila Davies, Director of the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services. It is unknown at this time how the individual acquired the virus. It is possible that this individual may have acquired the virus from an asymptomatic individual, indicating community spread.
“The CDC shared this week that as many as 25% of the people infected with the COVID-19 virus may not show symptoms. At this point we believe community spread is likely, as we have not found any connection between this individual and any other individuals who tested positive in Dare County,” commented Davies.
Public health staff continues to conduct active investigations into any individual’s activity that tests positive for COVID-19. Anyone who is determined to have had direct contact will be notified by public health staff.
Given the likelihood that we are starting to see community spread of COVID-19 it is imperative that everyone in Dare County follow the Stay Home – Stay Healthy order and restrict all non-essential movement. Only go out when absolutely necessary. Avoid direct contact, other than immediate family members. Practice good hygiene.
There is a large amount of information circulating about COVID-19, much of which is incorrect and in some cases shows an inaccurate count for Dare County. We cannot stress enough the importance of relying on official sources. Visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus or NCDHHS at www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus. For information specific to Dare County, visit www.darenc.com/covid19. You can find the most updated number of positive tests for Dare County at this site.
For more information about COVID-19 in Dare County, visit darenc.com/covid19. The Dare County COVID-19 Call Center will reopen on Monday, April 6 at 8:30 a.m. and can be reached at 252.475.5008.