The new COVID-19 testing center in Nags Head for asymptomatic people who have had no known exposure to the disease is being run by the Outer Banks Hospital, according to a representative of the center who responded to an inquiry from The Beacon today.

The Outer Banks Testing Center, whose opening was announced last week by the Dare County Dept. of Health and Human Services, is located at 4917 S. Croatan Hwy., Suite E, in Nags Head. Its business hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon. Call (252) 449-6174 to make an appointment.

(See The Beacon, 8/22/20, for the initial report.)

Diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and other forms of health insurance. If you are uninsured, you may explore your payment options with a representative of the testing center.

The DCDHHS reported no new COVID-19 cases yesterday.

UPDATE: Today at 4:30 p.m., the DCDHHS reported seven new COVID-19 cases, six of them Dare County residents between the ages of 18 and 24 (college age) and one a nonresident age 17 or younger.

All seven young people are in isolation; three of the Dare County residents are isolating outside of the area.

The total number of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Dare County now stands at 424: 232 Dare County residents and 192 nonresidents.

Statewide, according to today’s N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services dashboard, 156,396 cases of COVID-19 have been reported, and 2,535 people have died. Currently, 948 people are hospitalized with the disease.

The NCHHS says the state’s positivity rate–which is the percentage of COVID-19 cases diagnosed among the total number of tests performed–is about 7 percent.

The Beacon, 8/24/20

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