Yesterday we reported that a Dare County resident, who had been hospitalized outside of the area, had died as a result of COVID-19 complications. We based our report on an update by the Dare County Dept. of Health and Human Services and indicated that it had provided scant information about this person.

Today, the DCDHHS reports that the individual was a man age 65 or older.

If this information was available yesterday, and we simply missed it, we apologize. Sometimes multi-tasking gets the better of us.

This gentleman is the third Dare County resident whose death has been attributed to COVID-19. A fourth resident who was hospitalized with COVID-19 was determined to have died from a non-coronavirus-related cause.

All of the people who have died have been men in the older age group.

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: Late Wednesday, the DCDHHS updated its dashboard to show that four more Dare County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including a woman age 65+ who has been hospitalized. The Beacon is always concerned when a person is ill enough with the coronavirus to be hospitalized, but this uptick also concerns us because, frankly, it should not be happening if people are observing safe practices. The four people may be members of the same family: They are a woman between the ages of 18 and 24; a woman ages 25-49; and a man, ages 50-64; as well as the older woman who has been hospitalized. We will report further on this uptick after Dr. Sheila Davies posts her Friday update.

THE BEACON, 9/23/20

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