Dear Beacon Readers:

The Beacon will be off the grid for the next four days. We will next publish on Tuesday.

Your response to yesterday’s serial dog-poop offender article was gratifying. We are delighted to report that the offender has been identified, and a remedy is in the works.

It would seem that un-scooped dog poop, bags of poop left on the roadside, the dumping of trash on vacant lots, and just plain littering are problems throughout Southern Shores. None of these problems is beyond solving with coordinated and concentrated effort.

The Dare County Dept. of Health and Human Services reported today that another Dare County resident age 65 or older has been hospitalized with COVID-19, bringing the total number of current hospitalizations to eight. The local woman is one of 20 new COVID-19 cases reported on the DCDHHS dashboard, although the data only identified 19 by sex and age.

Of the 20 people who tested positive for COVID-19, 14 are purportedly Dare County residents and six are nonresidents. The dashboard listed only 13 residents: two who are age 17 or younger; six, age 25 to 49; and five, age 65 or older.

Stay well, everyone.

Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 12/16/20

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