By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on July 20, 2021
In the most recent week — between July 12 and 18 — there were 54 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Dare County. That’s up from 40 cases the previous week, from 27 cases the week before that, and from only 7 cases the week before that.
Of the 54 new cases, a large majority of them (47) affect Dare County residents, while only 7 are among non-residents. At the same time, 9 breakthrough cases were reported last week. Breakthrough cases are those that occur among fully vaccinated individuals and tend to be mild or asymptomatic cases, according to public health officials.
Currently, there are 34 active COVID cases among Dare County residents and no one is hospitalized.
Another metric moving in the wrong direction is the percentage of positive COVID test results out of all COVID tests administered. That number rose to 12.1% this past week, compared to 11.3% the previous week. That new percentage is six times higher than it was three weeks ago, when the number was a very encouraging 2%.
The DHHS update also reports that as of July 18, almost two-thirds (63%) of the county’s population had received at least one dose of COVID vaccine and 60% is fully vaccinated.
The DHHS is also offering two upcoming COVID vaccine clinics for anyone 12 and over. The dates are Thursday, July 29 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Buxton and Friday, July 30 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. in Nags Head. To register for a vaccine appointment please visit our website at www.darenc.com/covidvaccine to complete the vaccination request form. Staff will then call you to schedule an appointment.