Dare County Health Director Dr. Sheila Davies urges all residents to “get behind the mask.” A face shield is added protection.

The local person whose death from COVID-19 was reported last weekend by the Dare County Dept. of Health and Human Services was in his 40s, according to an update today by DCDHHS Director Dr. Sheila Davies.

Dr. Davies gave no further details about the deceased person, but The Beacon believes he is quite likely the man said to be between ages 25 and 49 who the DCDHHS reported last Thursday was hospitalized.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends who lost a loved one.

Dr. Davies’s analysis today of the latest 39 cases, as described in The Beacon’s COVID-19 post this morning, continued to show that 78 percent of the cases are Dare County residents; 85 percent are symptomatic; and 73 percent are transmissions by direct contact. 

She also said that the positivity rate this past week of 9.44 percent was “the highest we have seen in Dare County thus far during the pandemic.”

As she has in recent reports, Dr. Davies again attributed “the recent spread” of COVID-19 locally “to gatherings of friends, co-workers, and family members at birthday parties, dinner parties, church services, youth group meetings, weddings, and in office break areas.”

In other news, the DCDHHS reported 10 new COVID-19 cases today, 70 percent of them Dare County residents. For the first time in a week, none of the people who tested positive was a child. All 10 are in isolation.

Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 11/17/20

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