6/25/20: DARE COUNTY REPORTS 3 NEW COVID-19 CASES, BRINGING TOTAL TO 69.

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Dare County has reported three new COVID-19 cases today, so far, two of them local men and the third a male-non-resident, according to the Dare County Dept. of Health and Human Services dashboard.

Each man’s age is in a different age category being tracked by the DCDHHS, and all are in home isolation in Dare County.

The youngest of the three is between the ages of 18 and 24; the oldest is between the ages of 50 and 64; and the third is between the ages of 25 and 49.

Forty of the 69 current total COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Dare County, or 58 percent, are under the age of 50. More men (35) than women (34) have now tested positive locally for the virus–which is contrary to the national trend in which more women than men have tested positive.

The status of the missing non-resident COVID-19 case turned up on today’s DCDHHS dashboard. That person is in home isolation in Dare County.

Three non-residents who were transferred to isolation in their home counties have recovered or been cleared symptomatically, according the dashboard.

N.C. DEPT. OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES DASHBOARD: Today’s statewide COVID-19 metrics are a marked improvement over yesterday’s, which Governor Cooper reported at his press conference.

The number of new COVID-19 cases reported today by NCDHHS declined by 712, as 1,009 new cases were laboratory-confirmed among 19,993 tests that were conducted. That computes to a very acceptable 5 percent positive-test rate, half of yesterday’s rate.

Hospitalizations also declined to 891, down from the record-high 915 hospitalizations reported Tuesday and the second-highest record 906 hospitalizations yesterday.

Nineteen more people in North Carolina died as a result of COVID-19 during the past 24 hours, bringing the death total to 1,290.

We will look closer tomorrow at the Governor’s new executive order, which details the statewide face-covering requirement. The state mandate differs significantly from Dare County’s requirement.

Ann G. Sjoerdsma 6/25/20

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