A second Dare County resident has died as a result of COVID-19, after being hospitalized in critical condition, according to a status change posted today at 10:45 a.m. on the Dare County Dept. of Health and Human Services’ website.
The DCDHHS has provided no further details about the person, but it is possible to obtain some identifying information by examining the department’s online record of “July 2020 Numbers.”
In July, the DCDHHS reported the following hospitalizations of Dare County residents for COVID-19:
On July 8, a male between the ages of 25 and 49;
On July 15, a female age 65 or older;
On July 17, a male age 65 or older;
On July 21, the DCDHHS reported that one of these individuals had been moved to home isolation.
On July 26, a female between the ages of 50 and 64;
Just yesterday, the DCDHHS reported that a Dare County woman age 65 or older had been hospitalized. The dashboard currently shows three active hospitalizations.
The first local fatality related to COVID-19 was of a man in his 90s who was a resident at Peak Resources, the skilled nursing facility in Nags Head. This gentleman was described by DCDHHS as having underlying medical conditions that predisposed him to a poor outcome with a COVID-19 infection.
Statewide, 1,903 people have died as a result of COVID-19, according to today’s N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ dashboard.
Yesterday the NCDHHS reported a single-day record-high 1,291 hospitalizations and 1,763 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases. Today’s single-day cases jumped to 2,355, for a positivity rate of 8 percent, while hospitalizations declined to 1,239.
The Beacon extends our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the Dare County resident who has died. Although we do not feel your personal grief, we readily empathize with you and share in your sadness.
We also extend our best wishes for an uneventful recovery to the three people who are currently hospitalized.
(UPDATE LATER IN THE DAY: Two hospitalized patients were upgraded to home isolation on the DCDHHS dashboard at 5:35 p.m. That is good news. We hope the third patients will be going home soon.)
Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 7/30/20