6/5/20: RESULTS NEGATIVE FOR ALL LOCAL DRIVE-THRU TESTS DONE THIS WEEK. DCDHHS RELEASES MORE DETAILS ABOUT LATEST COVID-19 CASES; COMMUNITY SPREAD SUSPECTED.

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Of the 205 people tested for COVID-19 this week during the drive-thru event in Nags Head, 204 received negative results, and one had an invalid specimen that was inadequate for testing, according to an update posted today on the Dare County Dept. of Health and Human Services’ website.

The DCDHHS also reported that planning for a third testing event, which will include both diagnostic and antibody testing, is under way. It said information will be released later this month.

Earlier this week the DCDHHS reported upon the positive test results of a non-resident male, between the ages of 50 and 64, and a resident female, between ages 25 and 49, as COVID-19 cases no. 24 and 25 on the DCDHHS’s newly expanded dashboard.

The man “is currently asymptomatic and remains in home isolation in Dare County,” the DCDHHS confirmed in its update today. “This individual acquired the virus through direct contract with a family member.” (One can surmise that he has family living in Dare County.)

The woman, who is also recovering in home isolation, is considered to have acquired the coronavirus through community spread, the DCDHHS said, because “it cannot be determined how [she] acquired the virus” otherwise.

The health department has identified and notified all direct contacts associated with both of these cases.

The good news is that the person who tested positive for COVID-19 last month and has been in the hospital for more than three weeks has now recovered, according to DCDHHS’s update.

See update at https://www.darenc.com/Home/Components/News/News/6321/1483.

The DCDHHS’s new data dashboard, which gives demographic and isolation details for all 25 COVID-19 cases in Dare, is available at www.darenc.com/covid19.

Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 6/5/20

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