Dare County lauded for high vaccination rate

By on April 16, 2021

Cooper and Cohen visit Dare County clinic

Gov. Cooper and Sheila Davies in a pandemic-style greeting.

On Friday April 16, Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Secretary Mandy Cohen visited a vaccine clinic held by the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services. “Each shot of vaccine brings us closer to doing more things we like to do with the people we love and care about,” Cooper said in a statement. “It’s so important that we encourage our loved ones who haven’t got the vaccine to go get their shot.”

On Friday, the vaccine clinic administered almost 1,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine to people getting first and second shots. The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services has distributed more than 30,000 vaccinations so far. The county has one of the highest vaccination rates in North Carolina with 47.6 percent of adults at least partially vaccinated and 36.7 percent of adults fully vaccinated.

“Congratulations to Dare County for having one of the highest rates of vaccination in the state! The faster people get vaccinated, the sooner we will turn the corner on this pandemic,” added Cohen.

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The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on April 16. Most of those cases, 8 of them, involve non-residents of Dare County and 3 are residents of the county.

Currently, a little more than two-thirds (68%) of the 3,059 cases reported here since the outset of the pandemic have infected Dare County residents, but at one point, that percentage was lower as more visitors came into the area. It will be interesting to see if that number goes down again as we move closer to the full tourist season.

Statewide NC coronavirus numbers on April 16

  • Total reported NC cases – 943,693
  • New cases reported today – 2,475
  • Reported deaths – 12,387 (28 since yesterday)
  • Currently hospitalized 1,064 (44 more than yesterday)
  • Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized in past 24 hours – 139 (12 fewer than yesterday)
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalized in past 24 hours – 146 (26 more than yesterday)
  • Adults in ICU with COVID-19 – 263 (14 fewer than yesterday)
  • Patients presumed to be recovered – 900,174
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 5,192 (Dare 3,048, Currituck 1,475, Hyde 669)
  • Completed tests – 11,874,945
  • Daily percent positive tests – 5.5%
  • Vaccine doses administered – 6,270,157

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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  • Michael

    Wow. Hypocrisy at its finest with that picture. All I’m saying about mrs Davies but she knows. Let me ask this questing though. If people have had vaccines, they still should wear a mask and bump elbows in a outside setting? So basically it will never be normal again? Ok just checking.

    Saturday, Apr 17 @ 7:01 am
  • TW

    Vaccines give immunity, and always have. Telling folks to get a vaccine, in one breath, then telling them that they have to continue to wear a mask and be under lockdown is pure ignorance.

    Saturday, Apr 17 @ 8:40 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    TW. Vaccines prevent people from getting sick. They do not prevent them from acquiring or even spreading the virus.

    Saturday, Apr 17 @ 9:10 am
  • Liz

    Mark. I think your statement needs some facts and figures to go with it. Please present them. In other words, what does the “science” say about acquiring or spreading after vaccination. And which science should a frustrated populace go by? The science that keeps moving the goalposts?

    Saturday, Apr 17 @ 9:38 am
  • Frisco

    Sad to see just how ignorant some people still are. Glad to see so many residents in Dare County have been vaccinated. There are plenty of statistics out there that prove just how safe the vaccines are vs catching Covid-19 and “taking your chances”. This is a NEW virus & scientists from around the world, are still learning more about it each & everyday. I’d prefer to listen to the scientists, not the politicians. If I’m wrong… at least I’ll still be alive. Please get vaccinated and wear a mask… It’s the simple!

    Saturday, Apr 17 @ 3:48 pm
  • Mike P

    From Merriam Webster:
    Definition of science
    1 : knowledge about the natural world that is based on facts learned through experiments and observation. 2 : an area of study that deals with the natural world (as biology or physics) 3 : a subject that is formally studied the science of linguistics.

    As more observations are made we learn more and adjust accordingly.


    Saturday, Apr 17 @ 6:33 pm