10/29/20: DARE REPORTS 8 NEW COVID-19 CASES, 3 AGE 65+; MORE THAN 4 MILLION N.C. VOTERS HAVE CAST BALLOTS, 55 PERCENT OF ALL REGISTERED.

Dare County reported eight new COVID-19 cases today, seven of them local residents, of whom three are women age 65-or-older.

The other four Dare County residents who tested positive for the coronavirus disease are two women and one man between the ages of 25 and 49 and one woman between the ages of 18 and 23. The sole nonresident is a woman between the ages of 50 and 64.

Women outnumber men in the total number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Dare County, 361 to 332, according to the Dare County Dept. of Health and Human Services dashboard.

All eight newly diagnosed individuals are in home isolation.

One of the three Dare residents who has been hospitalized with complications of COVID-19 has been upgraded to home isolation, according to the dashboard update today.

The Beacon reported this afternoon that North Carolina hit a record high today in single-day COVID-19 cases of 2,885. See that report for comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, about the rash of COVID-19 outbreaks nationwide.

N.C. TOPS 4 MILLION IN VOTES CAST: 55 PERCENT OF ELECTORATE

On a more encouraging note, North Carolinians passed the 4-million-vote mark today, according to CNN, which reported that as of 5:30 p.m., state data show 4,022,865 ballots have been cast in the 2020 general election.

The total is roughly 55 percent of all currently registered voters in North Carolina and about 85 percent of the number of N.C. voters who cast ballots in the 2016 election.

North Carolina, the tenth most populous state, has 15 electoral votes. (As you know, there are 538 total electoral votes among the 50 states—hence, the magic number of 270 for an election victory. California and Texas have the most votes, at 55 and 38, respectively.) 

According to data from the N.C. State Board of Elections, CNN reported, roughly 852,500 of the 1.36 million North Carolina voters who requested mail-in ballots had successfully returned them, and 233,000 others had decided to vote in-person during the early voting period instead. Roughly 273,000 voters who requested absentee ballots have yet to vote.

Early voting continues tomorrow from 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall. Polls will be closed Sunday and Monday.    

ANN G. SJOERDSMA, 10/29/20

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