By Outer Banks Voice 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.
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.
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