Latest Dare County mass COVID-19 testing yields no positive cases; antibody testing coming soon

The first drive-thru testing site was at First Flight High School on May 26, 2020. [Kari Pugh photo]

Dare County’s second mass testing event for COVID-19 yielded no positive test results.

A total of 205 people were tested for the coronavirus at Tuesday’s drive-through event at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head. Of those, 204 tests were negative and one was deemed invalid, Dare County Health and Human Services reported.

Details about a third testing event, which will include both diagnostic and antibody testing, are underway and information will be released later this month.

Earlier this week, health officials unveiled a new COVID-19 data dashboard available at providing the most current-real time information on COVID-19 positive tests in Dare County. Information now includes the number of residents and non-residents, age groups, gender, and isolation details.

Any other updates will be provided in the Tuesday videos and Friday written updates, unless the situation warrants an update be released sooner, health officials said.

Continue to Practice The Three Ws

We all play a direct role in helping reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you leave home, practice your Ws: Wear, Wait, Wash

Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people.

Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

COVID-19 Numbers Update

In North Carolina, there are currently 32,255 cases of COVID-19 in 100 counties. There have been 966 fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 717 hospitalizations across the state from COVID-19 illness.

The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Dare County is 25.

“We are pleased to share that the individual who tested positive last month and was hospitalized has now recovered,” health officials said in a news release.

This week health officials reported on two additional positive cases in Dare County. The 24th case is a male, aged 50-64, who is a non-resident. The male is currently asymptomatic and remains in home isolation in Dare County. This individual acquired the virus through direct contact with a family member.

The 25th case is a female aged 25-49 who is a Dare County resident and is recovering in home isolation. Since it cannot be determined how this individual acquired the virus, this case is considered acquired through community spread. All direct contacts associated with both of these recent cases have been identified and notified.

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