A Dare County resident who had been hospitalized with COVID-19 has died as a result of the infection, according to today’s Dare County Dept. of Health and Human Services dashboard report.

Since March 2020, 15 local residents have died from the disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, aka SARS-CoV-2.

The DCDHHS reported a “status change” April 9 of two residents who tested positive for COVID-19 having to be hospitalized, but provided no demographic details about them.

One of the two was reported April 10 to have moved to home isolation, while no mention was made of the other until today’s announcement.

No other residents have been reported hospitalized in the past 10 days.

Forty-three people tested positive for COVID-19 in Dare County during the past seven days, 25 of them locals, according to the DCDHHS’s data. That is an increase of 11 over the preceding seven-day period.

Case totals were in the double digits on three of the past seven days: April 14, 16, and 17, all of which had 11 case reports. The cases range across all age groups, from young people under age 17 to people age 65 and over.

The DCDHHS continues to report that COVID-19 is predominantly being transmitted locally by close contact between family members, co-workers, and close friends.     

As of yesterday, 13,149 Dare Countians were fully vaccinated, and 15,369 had received their first doses. Anyone age 16 or older can register with the DCDHHS for a vaccine. There is no waiting list.

The Beacon, 4/19/21

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