6/23/20: DARE REPORTS 59TH COVID-19 CASE, ANOTHER YOUNG MALE NON-RESIDENT. N.C. Hospitalizations Hit Record High, but Some Metrics Improve.

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Dare County has already reported today its 59th COVID-19 case, a male non-resident between the ages of 18 and 24, according to the county’s Dept. of Health and Human Services’ dashboard.

The young man has transferred to isolation in his home county, the dashboard reports.

For the first time since Dare County started keeping track of COVID-19 cases, the number of non-residents who have tested positive locally exceeds the number of residents who have, 30 to 29.

The number of males who have tested positive in Dare County is now just one shy of the number of females who have, 29 to 30.

Today’s dashboard also reports that three more Dare County residents with COVID-19 have recovered or been asymptomatically cleared. That leaves eight active cases among residents, seven of whom are in home isolation, and one of whom remains hospitalized.

The DCDHHS reported three new COVID-19 cases on Sunday and a single-day record high yesterday of nine. In light of this increase in positive tests, The Beacon will wait until the end of the day to update the local case count and case demographics.

We anticipate a DCDHHS bulletin later today about the cases that have been reported since last Friday, in particular, about how the 15 people (so far) contracted the virus.

N.C. COVID-19 UPDATE at 12:30 p.m.: For the second consecutive day, the new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide came in at less than 1,000, according to today’s N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ dashboard. The single-day positive test rate among all completed tests also improved to an acceptable 5.1 percent.

Unfortunately, the number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 statewide hit a single-day record high at 915, and 28 more people died from the virus, making total fatalities 1,251, the NCDHHS dashboard reports.

THE BEACON, 6/23/20

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