By Outer Banks Voice on February 16, 2021
In a Feb. 16 update, the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) said it will know by Thurs. Feb. 18 if its request for a 3,000-dose mega-vaccine event in the conty is approved. If it is, that would allow the county to vaccinate anyone 65 and older still on the current vaccine waiting list — about 2,800 people.
Currently, the county is only getting 300 vaccine doses from the state each week, 10% of what could be distributed at the mega-event. County officials have said they will not expand vaccine eligibility to essential workers until they finish inoculating those 65 and older on the wait list.
There are also a limited number of weekly doses of COVID vaccine, separate from the state allocation, being administered by the Walgreens stores in Dare County. Those interested should go to www.walgreens.com for more information.
The DHHS has not posted any new COVID cases since Feb. 14 at 10 p.m. But in the update on Feb. 15, it made clear the numbers are improving. The 65 cases reported between Feb. 8 and 14 are the fewest for a single week since the end of October.
At the same time, the percentage of positive test results dropped to 10.9% this past week from 13.4% the previous week. While that positivity number is less than ideal and still higher than the overall average of 8.28% since the outset of the pandemic, it has decreased significantly in the past few weeks.
Note: Every morning, the NC Department of Health and Human Services posts updates the number of reported cases of coronavirus. That number reflects positive results from all tests, including the NC State Laboratory of Public Health and all hospital and commercial labs. There may be other reports, from the media and elsewhere, that will include different numbers during a given day, but this is an effective way of tracking numbers from the same source on a day-to-day basis. SOURCE: NC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH