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Beach trips, family gatherings cited for COVID uptick

A total of 39 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Davie County for the week that ended last Monday, bringing the total testing positive since the pandemic began at 251.

The Davie County Health Department reports that 73 patients have the virus, one of which is in the hospital, and 174 have recovered. Four died.

Of the total 251 cases: 25 are age 65 or older, 50 are age 50-64, 100 are age 25-49, 34 are age 18-24 and 42 are age 17 or younger.

Health Director Suzanne Wright said the increase in cases over the past few weeks are the result of people visiting Myrtle Beach, S.C., and holding family gatherings.

She reminds people who test positive but have no symptoms to isolate because they can still spread the virus. The Hispanic population at one time was hit hard by the virus, but that seems to be leveling, she said.

The health department has two COVID-19 public health numbers for people who have questions: 753-6750 and 753-6550. Both lines have been busy in recent weeks, she said.

Davie Schools Superintendent Jeff Wallace said a team is working on three plans for opening schools on Aug. 17, and are waiting for the governor to make a recommendation. “We will be ready to go,” he said.

EMS Director Brian Byrd and E911 director Rodney Pierce both asked people to be patient when calling 911, because more questions will be asked. “These questions are designed to give further insight to assist your needs and better prepare the responders coming to aid you,” Pierce said.