10/16/20: DARE REPORTS 13 NEW COVID-19 CASES TODAY, HIGHEST NUMBER SINCE JULY 27; NINE OF 13 ARE LOCALS.

Dare County reported 13 new COVID-19 cases today at 4:15 p.m. on its health department dashboard—45 minutes after The Beacon posted its 3:30 p.m. blog about North Carolina breaking its single-day case record high, set yesterday, with 2,684 today.

With the exception of Aug. 25, when the Dare County Dept. of Health and Human Services dashboard recorded 12 new COVID-19 cases, you have to go back to July to find daily case updates in Dare in the double-digits.

On July 27, the last double-digit day in July, the DCDHHS reported 16 new COVID-19 cases—the highest single-day total ever in Dare, also notable because 15 of the 16 cases were nonresidents.

Of today’s 13 new cases, nine are Dare County residents, and four are nonresidents.

The 13 cases are primarily clustered in the older age groups, with five of the people testing positive for COVID-19 being between ages 50-64 and six people being age 65 or older. Four of the over-65 cases are Dare County residents.

The remaining two people who tested positive are a male resident, ages 18-24, who is isolating outside of Dare County; and a female resident age 17 or under. 

All 13 people are in isolation: Four of the nonresidents are isolating in Dare County.  

Today’s injection of 13 cases brings Dare County’s total number of COVID-19 positive cases to 623: 344 residents and 279 nonresidents.

See The Beacon’s previous post for information about the drive-thru COVID-19 testing event to be held next Tuesday in Buxton.

Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 10/16/20

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