DCDHHS COVID-19 Update #58 | Friday, November 6, 2020

Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, COVID-19 Update

DCDHHS’ COVID-19 Update #58
Friday, November 6, 2020
4:30 p.m.

Dare County COVID-19 Case Update

The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Dare County is 769, of which there are 53 active cases among residents of Dare County. Of the 769 cases, 452 are residents and 317 are non-residents.  Four residents remain hospitalized from complications associated with COVID-19.

Since the last Dare County DHHS Update issued the morning of Tuesday, November 3, 2020, there have been 31 new positive cases. Of these 31 cases, 26 are residents and 5 are non-residents. The Dare County website has already been updated to reflect all of these cases.

Of the 26 new resident cases since Tuesday, November 3rd:

  • 5 of the cases are connected. All are symptomatic. One individual acquired the virus by community spread and then spread the virus to the other 4 direct contacts.

  • 1 individual is symptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual whose positive test result was reported on 10/31.

  • 1 individual is asymptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual whose positive test result was reported on 11/3.

  • 1 individual is symptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual whose positive test result was reported on 11/2.

  • 1 individual is symptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual whose positive test result was reported on 11/1.

  • 1 individual is symptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with a household contact whose positive test result was reported on 10/31

  • 1 individual is symptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual whose positive test result was reported on 10/30

  • 1 individual is symptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual whose positive test result was reported on 10/29

  • 1 individual is symptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with a household contact whose positive test result was reported on 11/4

  • 1 individual is symptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual whose positive test result was reported on 11/4

  • 4 of the cases are not connected. All are symptomatic. These individuals acquired the virus by direct contact with individuals who tested positive outside of Dare County.

  • 8 of the cases are not connected. 6 are symptomatic and 1 is asymptomatic. It is unclear how these individuals acquired the virus.

Of the 5 new non-resident cases since Tuesday, November 3rd:

  • 4 of the cases are not connected. All are symptomatic. It is unclear how this individual acquired the virus.

  • 1 individual is symptomatic and acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual who tested positive outside of Dare County.

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

COVID-19 remains a very contagious virus. We have seen an increase in new positive cases in Dare County over the past 2 weeks. Just this week we are already at 57 new cases of COVID 19. Below is some additional information regarding the most recent cases this week:

  • The increase in cases is not due to an increase in testing. Last week had the lowest number of tests performed in Dare County as compared to the 3 previous weeks.

  • 68% of the new cases are Dare County residents

  • 72% of the new cases acquired the virus by direct contact with a positive individual; 28% of new cases could not identify how they acquired the virus, which indicates community spread

  • 88% of the new cases are symptomatic

We cannot stress enough the importance of everyone doing their part to reduce the spread of this virus by using the proven tools available – the 3 Ws. Please be responsible, protect yourself and others 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

Testing

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 .

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.

Contact Us

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.