The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country and in the state of North Carolina continues to grow. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services currently is reporting 636 cases in 57 counties, with one N.C. resident fatality.
Yesterday, Dare County announced the first positive test result in Dare County. Public Health staff has worked with the individual to identify and notify any close contacts. All identified close contacts have been notified.
The Dare County Control Group continues to meet daily to receive updated information, discuss and closely monitor the spread of the disease. This includes discussion and planning for coordinated efforts with state and federal partners, including NC Emergency Management, NC DHHS and the Governor’s Office, to ensure Dare County is as prepared as possible to protect the safety, welfare and health of our community.
With each new day it becomes clear that this is a long term response to a worldwide public health emergency. The continued guidance of staying at home as much as possible, limiting direct contact, other than to family members, and maintaining social distancing are the most effective measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
These unprecedented times create stress, anxiety, fear, frustration, and financial hardship for many. A list of community resources is available for those impacted by COVID-19 at darenc.com/covidresources. The list includes information on assistance programs from utility providers, small business loans, food resources and hotlines for seniors feeling isolated and lonely. Frequently asked questions are being updated regularly at darenc.com/covidfaq
The Dare County COVID-19 Call Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to help address your questions on testing, travel restrictions, and symptoms, and can be reached at 252.475.5008.
For updated information regarding Dare County services and department operations, visit www.darenc.com/covidservices.
The Outer Banks Hospital
It is important that we re-emphasize the importance of following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for COVID-19 testing.
Per this guidance, testing is only done if you have fever or lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within the past 14 days; OR have fever and lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and a negative rapid flu test. Testing is not recommended for those at home with mild cold-like symptoms. Practicing social distancing and staying home when you are sick will help us slow the spread of the virus.
The next bulletin will be issued no later than 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27.