By Outer Banks Voice on February 22, 2021
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ (NCDHHS) update of its County Alert System on Feb. 22 tells the story of the significant decrease, at least temporarily, in the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The number of North Carolina counties coded as “Red” (“critical community spread” of the virus) has been more than halved and now stands at 27 — down from 61 “Red” counties on Feb. 4. There are now 40 “Orange” counties (“substantial community spread”) compared to 33 on Feb. 4. Another big change is that the number of “Yellow” counties (“significant community spread”) is now up to 33 from only 6 counties on Feb. 4.
Dare County is one of those that has moved from “Red” on Feb. 4 to “Orange” on Feb. 22, which would reflect the declining number of cases here in recent weeks. (The NCDHHS dashboard also shows the county with a 7.5% positive test rate in the past 14 days.)
Meanwhile, Dare County reported 4 new cases of COVID-19 on Feb. 22, making it the fifth consecutive day when new COVID-cases here have been in the single digits. There have been 19 total cases reported in those five days.
Nearby Hyde County dropped even further on the new County Alert map, moving from “Red,” the highest level of spread, all the way to “Yellow,” which represents the counties with the lowest level of spread. The percentage of positive test results for Hyde County is given as 7.0% in the past two weeks.
Currituck County was a different story, however. The new Feb. 22 map keeps it in the same “Red” category that the county was in on Feb. 4. The positive test rate in Currituck for the past 14 days, as reported by the NCDHHS, is at 10.2%.
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