DCDHHS COVID-19 Update #50
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Dare County COVID-19 Case Update
The total COVID-19 positive case count in Dare County is 599, of which there are 19 active cases among residents of Dare County. Of the 590 cases, 327 are residents and 272 are non-residents. Currently, one resident remains hospitalized due to COVID-19 complications.
Since the last Dare County DHHS Update issued Friday, October 9, 2020, there have been 15 new positive cases. Of these 15 cases, 9 are residents and 6 are non-residents. The Dare County website has already been updated to reflect all of these cases.
Of the 9 resident cases since Friday, October 9th:
1 individual is symptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual whose positive test result was reported on 10/10.
4 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.
4 cases are not connected. All are symptomatic. It is unclear how these individuals acquired the virus.
Of the 6 non-resident cases since Friday, October 9th:
2 of the cases are family members. Both are symptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual who tested positive outside of Dare County.
2 of the cases are family members. Both are symptomatic. It is unclear how these individuals acquired the virus.
1 individual is asymptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual who tested positive outside of Dare County.
1 individual is symptomatic and it is unclear how this individual acquired the virus.
Contact tracing has been completed on 13 of the 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 14 day quarantine requirement is very important to slowing the spread of the virus as the incubation period for this virus is 2 – 14 days. We are working with the other 2 individuals to identify and notify their direct contacts.
As more people are re-engaging in activities with others, it is as important as ever to follow the 3Ws to help reduce the spread COVID-19. The 3Ws are really the most effective tools to help protect yourself, your family and our community. Please,
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.
Each week we review the 4 key metrics associated with disease investigation and surveillance. The metrics are:
Number of Tests
Positive Tests as a Percent of Total Tests
COVID Like Illness Surveillance
This past week there were 650 COVID-19 diagnostic tests performed in Dare County. This brings the total number of tests performed since early March to 14,243. There were 26 positive cases between October 5 and October 11. The percent of positive tests to overall tests in Dare County since we started testing in early March remained stable this week at 4.13%. The percent of positive tests to total tests for the past week alone decreased to 4.05%. Syndromic surveillance of the emergency department and the urgent care centers showed moderate numbers of individuals presenting with COVID-19 related symptoms, consistent with the activity from the past several weeks. These graphs can be found on the dare county website at www.darenc.com/covid19.
We strongly encourage anyone who is experiencing symptoms to be tested as well as anyone who may have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19. Testing is widely available in Dare County. Please visit www.darenc.com/covidtesting for details on testing locations .
In addition to the testing locations provided on our website, we are partnering with Mako Medical Laboratories to host two upcoming diagnostic opportunities for Dare County Residents. One event will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at Cape Hatteras Elementary School located at 47500 Middle Ridge Rd in Buxton. Another testing clinic will be held at Soundside Event Site located at 6800 S. Croatan Hwy in Nags Head during the first week of November. Details about the testing event in Nags Head will be released by October 21st. These testing events will be offering drive through diagnostic testing for ages 5 and older. The diagnostic test indicates whether an individual has a current COVID-19 infection.
To schedule an appointment for the October 20th testing event, please call 252.475.5008. The call center is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Participants registering for the community testing events are required to send a photocopy of their government-issued identification card and insurance card prior to the event.
If you have questions about testing or locations please visit www.darenc.com/covidtesting or call the COVID-19 call center, open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5 pm at 252-475-5008.
Communications and Information Sharing
Dare County DHHS has an established schedule of communication to share information regarding COVID-19. On Tuesdays, we release a written update and a video update which includes an overview of the previous week’s COVID-19 key metrics is issued. On Fridays a written update is issued. All released videos and written updates can be found on our website, DHHS facebook page, Dare County Twitter page, and Dare Emergency Management Twitter page. If you would like to receive these updates directly to your email, please sign up to receive our enotifications.
New positive cases are updated on the dashboard on our website and shared on the DHHS facebook page when we receive them. To find the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases in Dare County visit www.darenc.com/covid19. State COVID-19 data is available at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard.
We encourage you to stay informed by visiting www.darenc.com/covid19 or by visiting the CDC or NC DHHS websites. If you have specific needs or questions you may also call the Dare County COVID-19 call center open Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 5:00 at 252-475-5008.