COVID-19 Bulletin #35 from Dare County Emergency Management
In North Carolina, there are currently 3,426 cases of COVID-19 in 90 counties. There have been 53 fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 386 hospitalizations across the state from COVID-19 illness.
To date, Dare County has reported ten positive test results for COVID-19. Of the ten individuals who have tested positive, 5 have completely recovered, 3 are asymptomatic (meaning they have not experienced any COVID-19 symptoms), 1 is recovering in isolation and 1 remains hospitalized out of the county.
Ongoing Preparedness Efforts
Many have asked questions about Dare County's readiness in the event we begin to see a large increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases. Across the nation, state, as well as in Dare County, agencies are taking all steps possible to address the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The Dare County Department of Health & Human Services Public Health Division’s epidemiology team composed of the health director, communicable disease nurse, clinical director, health education director, environmental health supervisor, communications specialist and several other key staff members has been meeting weekly, and some weeks daily, since the first week of February. The team also has weekly conference calls with the North Carolina State Epidemiologist Dr. Zach Moore to discuss various outbreak indicator models. The team continues planning and revising plans accordingly. Dare County is fortunate to have a very strong local epidemiology team as well as exceptional epidemiology support at the state level.
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