Four more people have tested positive locally for COVID-19, three of them residents, according to today’s Dare County Dept. of Health and Human Services’ dashboard, while statewide single-day cases surged—just ahead of N.C. Governor Roy Cooper’s 3 p.m. press conference to address the possible expiration or extension of Phase Two on Friday.
The four new COVID-19 cases in Dare County are one male and three females, and their reported ages suggest a family relationship. One of them is 17; one is between the ages of 18 and 24; a third is between 25 and 49; and the fourth is between 50 and 64.
The three residents are in home isolation, along with a resident who until yesterday was reported to be in the hospital, according to the DCDHHS dashboard.
Curiously, although the new COVID-19-positive non-resident has been added to the dashboard’s running total of non-residents who have tested positive locally, the disposition of the case is not indicated. Today’s dashboard reports that 32 non-residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Dare County, but only accounts for the status of 31 of them.
Sixty-six cases of COVID-19 have now been reported in Dare County, with one fatality.
Today’s number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide more than doubled yesterday’s total, as the NCDHHS dashboard reports 1,721 new cases, compared with yesterday’s 848. Today’s case total is only 47 fewer in number than the single-day record total set June 12 at 1,768.
The cases are definitely not moving in the right direction for the Governor to approve the initiation of Phase Three at 5 p.m. Friday when Phase Two of the state’s reopening is scheduled to expire, if it is not extended.
The positive-test rate among all of the completed tests received for today’s metrics nearly doubled yesterday’s rate, as the NCDHHS dashboard reports today’s rate at about 10 percent vis-à-vis 5.1 percent yesterday.
Statewide hospitalizations remain high today at 906, but nine fewer than yesterday’s single-day record high. Twenty more people have died of COVID-19 in North Carolina, for a total of 1,271.
The Beacon will report on Governor Cooper’s press conference as soon as we can after its conclusion.
Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 6/24/20