By Outer Banks Voice on February 23, 2021
The Feb. 23 COVID-19 update from the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) gives some much-needed context to the recent significant decreases in cases locally. The update says that the 37 cases reported here from Feb. 15-21 represented the lowest number of weekly cases since the beginning of October.
Another important metric is the percentage of positive test results, which helps explain to what degree decreasing cases are a function of decreasing testing. The percentage of positive tests for that same week of Feb. 15-21 was 8.2%, which is good news and not such good news. The 8.2% is down from 10.9% the previous week and is about half of what it was several weeks earlier than that, so the trend is clearly in the right direction. Still, a positive test rate of 8.2% is higher than ideal and higher than the state-wide percentage at this point, which is hovering around 6%.
The DHHS update also indicated that the county will be getting an allotment of 500 vaccine doses for the next three weeks, although there are an additional 100 doses available this week. That is far less than the 3,000 doses that the DHHS had requested from the state in order to hold a mass-vaccine clinic in Dare County. Through Feb. 21, the DHHS has administered 7,798 first doses of vaccine and 4,521 second doses. There are 821 first dose appointments scheduled and 2,206 individuals on wait lists for appointments.
“The limited vaccine allotment is only related to first doses,” the update added. “We have not been informed that there are any issues with second dose allotments. All second dose appointments remain as scheduled.”
Update: The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services reported 4 new cases of COVID-19 on Feb. 23. It also announced that 10 Dare County residents previously considered to have active cases are now recovered, meaning that among Dare County residents, there are currently 39 active cases.
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