11/30/20: FIFTH DARE COUNTY RESIDENT DIES OF COVID-19; NINE LOCALS ARE NOW IN THE HOSPITAL.

A fifth Dare County resident has died of COVID-19, according to the Dare County Dept. of Health and Human Services, which also reported today that a Dare County woman, age 65-or-older, has been hospitalized for treatment of the disease.

The DCDHHS gave no personal details about the deceased person, but its dashboard accounting indicates that he or she was not in the hospital when death occurred.

Nine local residents with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized, according to today’s dashboard report.

Eighteen new COVID-19 cases were reported in Dare County over the weekend, 15 of them on Sunday. Of those 15, five were age 17 or younger, including four local children. Eight of the others were between the ages of 18 and 49, and the remaining two were non-resident men, age 65 or older, one of whom was hospitalized.

COVID-19 metrics statewide continue to “move in the wrong direction,” as both Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen have said. Today’s positivity rate was 9.5 percent, the highest it has been since July.

We will provide a more detailed COVID-19 update later in the week.

THE BEACON, 11/30/20

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