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Regional COVID-19 case count update

On Thursday, Sept. 17, Dare County Department of Health and Human Services announced four positive cases of COVID-19 linked to residents and staff members at Peak Resources, a nursing and rehabilitation facility in Nags Head.

Requirements of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services dictate whenever a new resident is admitted to a long-term care facility the individual must be placed in quarantine for 14 days from the date of admission. It was during a recent quarantine that two residents and two staff members tested positive for the virus.

Since early August, Peak Resources has tested all staff members bi-weekly, as required by federal and state guidelines. As part of the bi-weekly testing plan, all Peak Resources staff members were tested on Sept. 8, 2020, and all were negative.

All residents and staff members were tested on Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 15. All 72 resident tests have been returned and are negative. Results have been received for 59 of the 70 staff member tests, and 57 are negative and two are positive. The two positive staff member tests are the ones mentioned above. If any additional positive tests results are received, they will be reported in future updates. No future updates have been received.

The cases at Peak Resources along with several others push the cumulative positive case number to 510 people in Dare County. Of that total, 271 are residents and 239 are non-residents.

Of the residents, seven are in home isolation and one is in isolation outside Dare County.

Dare County is reporting one death from other causes, not COVID-19. The death count for the county remains at two.

For non-residents, 64 people have transferred to home counties and one is hospitalized.

Between Sept. 13 and Sept. 18, Dare County’s case load increased by 22 patients, with 12 residents and 10 non-residents testing positive.

Statewide, on Friday, Sept. 18, the total cumulative cases across the state number 191,019, an increase of 1,443 people since Thursday. Those people hospitalized increased by 10 patients from Thursday. On Friday, 3,207 people in North Carolina have died with COVID-19. The day-to-day death increase is 96 people.

In Hyde County on Sept. 17, total cases remain at 126. Active positive cases dropped from 35 on Sept. 16 to 11 cases on Sept. 17. Cross Creek Healthcare in Swan Quarter reports 32 total cases on the state’s COVID-19 Dashboard, as of Sept. 18.

In Tyrrell County, the case total remains at 113 with 108 recoveries.

Albemarle Regional Health Services reports the following information as of Sept. 18:

Camden: 107 lab-confirmed cases of which 10 are active; recoveries ae 94. Deaths are three.

Currituck: 146 cases with 33 active and 112 recoveries. Albemarle Regional Health received notification confirming the first death associated with COVID-19 in a Currituck County resident. The individual was over the age of 65 and succumbed to complications from COVID-19. This death is related to the outbreak at Currituck House, which reports 14 cases.

Pasquotank: 647 cases with 89 active and 527 recoveries. Some 31 people have died of COVID-19 in this county. The health service also received notification confirming the death of a Pasquotank County resident. The individual was over the age of 65 and succumbed to complications of COVID-19. This most recent Pasquotank death is related to the facility outbreak at WaterBrooke Assisted Living.

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