COVID by the numbers: only 18 actives cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde counties.
By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on June 6, 2021
It is clear from the data currently available that COVID-19 transmission, both in the state and at the local level, has substantially decreased in recent weeks and is a fraction of what it was during the difficult winter surge early this year.
Here’s another number that highlights that point. According to the current data reported by the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services, Albemarle Regional Health Services and the Hyde County Health Department, there are currently only 18 active cases of COVID-19 in the three counties combined – 14 in Dare, and 2 apiece in Currituck and Hyde counties.
And here are some comparisons of other COVID data by county.
- Total COVID cases: Dare County, with the largest population (37,009, according to 2019 estimates from the U.S. census), has to date reported the most total cases by far of the three counties, with 3,240. With its large tourism industry, it should also be noted that almost one-third (32%) of those cases have involved non-residents of the county. Currituck County, with an estimated population of 27,763 has tallied 1,575 cases to date. Hyde County, with a much smaller estimated population of 4,937, has reported 688 cases to date, although that is a higher rate per population than Dare or Currituck County.
- COVID deaths: The most recent reporting reveals a total 41 deaths in the three counties attributed to COVID infection since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. That includes 16 deaths in Currituck County, 15 deaths in Dare County and 10 deaths in Hyde County. Give the number of cases in each county, Dare County has the lowest death rate.
- COVID vaccination rates: There is one dramatic difference when it comes to the vaccination rates for the three counties. According to data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS), Dare County tops the list with 60% of its population having received at least one dose of COVID vaccine and 56% now fully vaccinated. Hyde County is close behind with 55% of its population having received at least one dose and 50% fully vaccinated. But Currituck County is an outlier according to the NCDHHS numbers, with only about one-third of its population (35%) having received one dose and three-in-ten (30%) fully vaccinated.
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