An increase in the number of Covid-19 Coronavirus cases in Carteret County NC is becoming very concerning to many residents, business owners, health department officials, and leaders of municipalities in the local area. This article is written to gauge public perception on whether the increasing number of cases of the Coronavirus is related to tourism or more testing being done. Or, could it be both?
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June 24, 2020: Based on rising and increasing COVID-19 cases across the country and in counties across NC, the NC Governor today maintained the state at Phase 2, mandated mask wearing for citizens where social distancing in not available, and mandated mask wearing for several industries. The Governor’s executive order will stay in place until July 17, 2020.
After it was announced that the United States had it’s first confirmed cases, North Carolina did not see it’s first official case until almost 3 weeks later, and those were directly related to travel outside of the Unites States and to areas where there were significant outbreaks. During the early days of the pandemic in the United States, Carteret County saw reporting of one case every few days. As of June, 2020, we are now seeing on average of 3 new cases every day but no increase in deaths related to Covid-19.
In monitoring social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, many local residents, officials, and those that visit area beaches and tourism attractions are either blaming an increase in testing, the busy summer tourism season, or both.
It is also important to note that the ability to test everyone in the county came very close to Memorial Day which begins the busy visitor tourism season.
It should also be noted that areas within North Carolina that not considered tourism areas are seeing an considerable increase in the number of cases which leads an untrained eye to believing that either researchers and health experts not fully understanding this virus, or people are not consistently maintaining social distancing, washing their hands very frequently, or using mask when in public.
Do you believe that the recent increase in the number of confirmed and positive cases is related to increased testing or related to more people being in Carteret County during the summer months? Or again, is it possible that it is both?
Do you feel like researchers and health experts are still learning more information about Covid-19 and we have yet to fully understand it’s virulence or transmission vectors?
Do you think that the Governor of NC re-opened areas of business interest too soon?
What do you think caused the initial “flattening of the curve” that we saw in early May? Or, has there always been a larger number of infected people and we just did not know because of testing limitations?
Do you believe that if the current trend continues, we will see the Governor take us back to a state where businesses and schools are fully closed? And, possibly legally mandated masking and social distancing.
What are some concerns you have related to the increase that we did not discuss in this article?
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