Dare County receives only 100 of 3,000 requested extra vaccine doses

By on February 18, 2021

Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Sheila Davies described herself as “speechless” with “frustration and disappointment” after learning today that the county will receive only a tiny fraction of the 3,000 first doses of vaccine it had requested from the state in the hope of holding a vaccine mega-event here.

Davies said the county was told it would receive only an extra 100 out of the 3,000 doses requested. With 2,746 people currently listed on the wait list for appointments in Dare County, that mega-event would have allowed the DHHS to vaccinate all of those 65 and older on that list.

Amid the disappointment, there is a little bit of improving news on the vaccine front. Next week, the number of regular weekly doses Dare County gets increases from 300 to 500.

The DHHS also reported 7 cases of COVID-19 on Feb. 18, bringing the total number of cases reported here since the outset of the pandemic to 2,744. Of those cases 1,871 have infected residents of Dare County while 873 have infected non-residents. Of those 1,871 residents, 1,764 are considered recovered while 94 have active cases. Nine residents are currently hospitalized with the virus and 12 of them have succumbed to COVID.

North Carolina

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 3,916 cases of COVID-19 on Feb. 18. There were nearly 100 (96) new deaths announced and hospitalizations continue to drop – now below the 1,900 mark to 1,892. The percentage of positive test results also decreased, to 6.2%, in the data reported today.

Statewide NC coronavirus numbers on Feb. 18

  • Total reported NC cases – 833,423
  • New cases reported today – 3,916
  • Reported deaths – 10,766 (96 since yesterday)
  • Currently hospitalized – 1,892 (62 fewer than yesterday)
  • Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized in past 24 hours – 198 (down 12 from yesterday)
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalized in past 24 hours – 214 (down 45 from yesterday)  
  • Adults in ICU with COVID-19 – 436 (down 10 since yesterday)
  • Patients presumed to be recovered – 765,456
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 4,677 (Dare 2,737, Currituck 1,312, Hyde 628)
  • Completed tests – 9,774,085
  • Daily percent positive tests – 6.2%
  • Vaccine doses administered – 1,882,628

 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 

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  • Dethrol

    With deference to Dickens, “Please sir, I want some more….” I guess we in Dare County aren’t as equally represented as others. Maybe if our leadership approached his highness on their knees the next time….

    Thursday, Feb 18 @ 6:33 pm
  • anotherobxman

    Perhaps Sheila Davies should try to get some of those doses back from Walgreens and get them into people’s arms instead of being bait for advertising for Walgreens.

    Thursday, Feb 18 @ 7:25 pm
  • What the what

    So Charlotte can short every other county in the state to hold a mass vaccination event but Dare county can’t even get enough extra to put a dent in the huge waiting list of those 65 and older. Guess there are no deep pockets here.

    Thursday, Feb 18 @ 8:35 pm
  • Out

    I would say reach out to our representative Greg Murphy but he’s too busy counting down days for schools to return and blaming democrats for everything to care about the people in his own district. Hes got his vaccine why should he worry about his constituents…

    Thursday, Feb 18 @ 10:00 pm
  • Grandyguy

    All you libs voted the Guv into office not once, but twice.

    Friday, Feb 19 @ 5:08 am
  • Kevin

    Must be an error. Out of 9, 12 have succumbed ?? Doesn’t add up

    Friday, Feb 19 @ 7:33 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Sorry Kevin, a little awkwardly worded. There are 12 deaths out of the 1,871 cases that affected Dare County residents.

    Friday, Feb 19 @ 9:02 am
  • John Boy Billy

    @Out: Probably more appropriate to contact Bobby Hanig and Bob Steinburg since they are our reps at the state assembly level. Although it is clear the governor is patronizing areas most likely to vote for Democrats (since he is on his last term as governor).

    It’s amazing as a tourist destination that pulls is so much money that we can only get 300 doses. Even at 500 doses, that is 6 weeks to give the first round to those on the waiting list.

    Friday, Feb 19 @ 9:09 am
  • Dethrol

    This lays squarely at the feet, or should I say hooves, of the good guv. Nobody else set the priorities for distribution of vaccine based on and according to his designation as “historically marginalized populations”. The State legislature needs to hold a session specifically to write law to restrict the good guvs ability to extend, ad nauseam, this ridiculous “Emergency” and address what has become a partisan, race-baiting and divisive political circus.

    Friday, Feb 19 @ 10:41 am
  • Bob

    I’m sure every other county would love to do a “mega-event” and vaccinate everyone on their list all in one short event…but there’s not enough to go around! Of course it sounds like they also led the charge on such ideas by reducing doses to send a bunch of a huge event somewhere else…which didn’t make sense either.

    Friday, Feb 19 @ 11:34 am