Thank you to everyone who reported on the traffic conditions yesterday during Day One of our third no-left-turn weekend experiment of the summer. We would appreciate hearing from those of you who live on Sea Oats Trail and on other residential streets that backed up yesterday as to when the traffic finally cleared.
Sunday summer cut-through traffic is usually lighter than Saturday summer cut-through traffic. We are hopeful that today no Southern Shores resident will have to contend with a backup on any of the residential streets.
The no-left-turn prohibition is in effect today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
As always, we welcome your comments.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Dare County reported 12 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total to 313, of whom 181 are Dare County residents, and 132 are nonresidents.
The age breakdown of the 313 cases is as follows, according to the Dare County Dept. of Health and Human Services dashboard:
*49 are age 17 and under (about 16 percent)
*75 are ages 18 to 24 (about 24 percent)
*111 are ages 25 to 49 (about 35 percent)
*47 are ages 50 to 64 (about 15 percent)
*31 are age 65 or older (about 10 percent)
Most people who test positive for COVID-19 tend to have minor symptoms, according to Dr. Sheila Davies, director of the DCDHHS. Regardless of their symptoms or lack thereof, people who test positive must isolate in their homes for as long as the DCDHHS–or their home county health department, if they are nonresidents transferred out of the area–tells them to remain in isolation.
Only two people with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized, and each is in critical condition, according to Dr. Davies. There have been fewer than five hospitalizations of locally diagnosed people since the pandemic began.
The issue remains stopping the spread of the virus, which people can do by wearing masks, observing social distancing, washing their hands often, avoiding large gatherings, and being cognizant of situations when spread may occur, such as inside a poorly ventilated restaurant.
Direct contact with infected persons remains the primary means of virus transmission, according to Dr. Davies.
Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 7/26/20