By Outer Banks Voice on May 5, 2021
The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported 9 new cases of COVID-19 on May 5. Five involve residents of Dare County and 4 involve non-residents. The county also reported that 4 county residents who were characterized as having active cases are now recovered. That means there are currently 22 active cases among Dare County residents.
One piece of news in the weekly COVID update issued by the DHHS on May 4 is that the county is now assessing vaccination status when it traces new positive cases of COVID-19.
As a result, it can find “breakthrough cases,” defined as one “where a fully vaccinated individual has a laboratory confirmed positive COVID diagnostic test.” In this case, “fully vaccinated” means 14 days after receiving the final dose of COVID vaccine.
The DHHS reports that there were 5 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 reported in the county in the month of April. Here is the relevant excerpt from the DHHS update.
“Of the 5 breakthrough cases in Dare County, 4 of the individuals experienced mild to moderate symptoms and 1 individual was asymptomatic. Three of the symptomatic individuals acquired the virus by direct contact with an unvaccinated individual/individuals. It is unclear how the other 2 individuals acquired the virus. Two of the breakthrough cases received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 1 received the Pfizer vaccine and 2 received the Moderna vaccine.”
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