6/19/20: 265 APPOINTMENTS ALREADY BOOKED FOR COVID-19 ANTIBODY & DIAGNOSTIC TESTING JUNE 30. Latest Two Cases, Both Young Non-Residents, Acquired Virus From Direct Contact.

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A limited number of appointments are still available for COVID-19 antibody testing, and “plenty” of diagnostic drive-thru testing appointments remain for the June 30 testing clinic in Kill Devil Hills, according to an update today by the Dare County Dept. of Health and Human Services, which reports that 265 appointments have been booked.

Appointment scheduling just started today.

The clinic will be held at the Parks & Recreation facility at 602 S. Mustian St., in Kill Devil Hills, starting at 10 a.m.

You may call (252) 475-5008 to schedule an appointment, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (See yesterday’s Beacon for more details.)

The DCDHHS also reported today on the two people who have tested positive in Dare County for COVID-19 since Tuesday, when the County gave details about the 10 people who tested positive between June 12 and Tuesday.

As The Beacon reported earlier this week, both new cases are female non-residents between the ages of 18 and 24.

The one whom we reported is symptomatic and recovering in her county of residence acquired the virus from direct contact with another non-resident who was diagnosed last week, according to today’s bulletin.

The other young woman, who is asymptomatic and isolating in Dare County, acquired the virus from direct contact outside of Dare County, the bulletin reports.

Between June 12-16, 10 new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in Dare County, five residents and five non-residents. (The Beacon reported on the sex, age, and residency status of each new case as it was reported on the DCDHHS dashboard.)

The five residents are symptomatic and are recovering in home isolation. Four other residents still have active cases, according to the DCDHHS, and four of the five are in home isolation. The fifth is in the hospital.

The five non-residents have returned to their home counties. Only one of them is symptomatic. (See The Beacon, 6/16/20, for more details.)

The DCDHHS defines “direct contacts” as people whom the COVID-19-positive person identifies as coming within six feet or less of him or her for 10 minutes or longer.

The DHHS monitors all positive cases daily throughout their isolation period.

As of 4 p.m. today, the total number of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Dare County is still 44.

Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 6/19/20

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