103 COVID cases reported in Dare in 5 days 

By on July 30, 2021

Cases also increasing in Currituck County

The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in a July 30 update, is reporting 103 new cases of COVID-19 in the five-day period between July 26-30 — an average of about 20 new cases a day. In this latest report, 37 of the 103 cases are reported involving non-residents while 66 cases involve residents.  Two hospitalizations were also reported.

The July 30 numbers compare with 83 cases reported for the full seven-day period from July 19-25. A little over a month ago, there were only 7 cases in a week.

Also on July 30, the DHHS reported that 39 residents of Dare County who had been categorized with active cases have now recovered.

With the rapid increase in cases, the DHHS — which was producing a COVID-19 update once a week every Tuesday — now moves to a twice weekly reporting schedule with updates on Tuesdays and Fridays.


While Currituck County is not yet experiencing the level of COVID surge that Dare County has recently seen, new numbers reported on July 30 show that the pace of infection in that county is also increasing significantly.

The new data, provided by Albemarle Regional Health Services, (ARHS), reported 30 new cases for Currituck County in the past week compared to 12 new cases the previous week and 11 the week before that. In total, there have been 1,638 cases reported in the county since the outset of the pandemic.

In another sign of the increase in transmission, as of July 9, there were only 5 active cases of COVID-19 in Currituck County. Three weeks later, there are now 40 active cases.

In the release issued on July 30, ARHS Health Director R. Battle Betts Jr, stated: “With another week of increased COVID-19 cases in the region, we urge our community members who have not gotten their vaccine to please schedule your appointment…The vaccines are safe and effective in preventing severe illness and death; vaccination is the only way out of this pandemic.”


Vidant Health announced on July 30 that it will require the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment for all team members, physicians, credentialed providers and contract workers.

In its statement, Vidant said, “This decision is grounded in science, backed by industry leaders such as the American Hospital Association, American Nurses Association and the North Carolina Healthcare Association, and is the right thing to do to ensure the safety of our patients, team members and communities.”

The deadline for leaders (managers and above), physicians and credentialed providers to be fully vaccinated is Oct. 1. The deadline for team members, new hires and contract workers to be fully vaccinated is Dec. 1. Those not vaccinated must have a proven religious or medical exemption.

The Vidant announcement comes one day after Governor Roy Cooper announced that state government would begin verifying the vaccination status of its workers, with non-vaccinated employees required to wear a mask and be tested at least once a week. He also encouraged private sector businesses to, at a minimum, verify the vaccination status of their workers.





  • James

    “Cases.” So an unreliable test that does nothing but throw out false positives for the flu/cold/allergies/sniffles. Scamdemic. Dont fall for it. DO NOT COMPLY.

    Friday, Jul 30 @ 11:33 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    This comment provides the appropriate opportunity to announce that the Voice will no longer be publishing comments on its website regarding stories about COVID. The facts are that the virus has officially infected 34.8 million Americans and killed 610,000 to date. After a sense of relief that we had turned the corner against the pandemic, the combination of a much more highly transmissable variant and a significant chunk of the population that is still unvaccinated has the nation now experiencing a bad summer surge. From less than 20,000 daily cases nationally at the beginning of July, we hit more than 84,000 daily cases at the end of July.
    Unfortunately, two man-made factors have made it harder to control this virus. One is that the pandemic somehow became another polarizing political issue that divides Americans against each other. The other is the willful or unwitting spread of disinformation and misinformation about the outbreak. That is the primary reason for our decision about comments on the website. Many of you have written helpful and wise posts about COVID, but the key factor at this point is the desire to ensure that the Voice’s pages not be used as a platform for the all-too-frequent exchange of political and personal insults and the spread of inaccurate information about the worst disease outbreak in the U.S. in more than a century.

    Saturday, Jul 31 @ 9:28 am
  • Linda

    Well said, Mark. I applaud your decision.

    Saturday, Jul 31 @ 10:36 am
  • Thinking About The Future

    Yes, thank you to you Mark, as well as the Outerbanks Voice.

    Saturday, Jul 31 @ 6:10 pm
  • Chris Smith

    just wondering how many of the infected are non vaccinated. This is not a political question. Just looking for stats. Can you give us an answer on that mark. HONESTLY just asking?????????

    Saturday, Jul 31 @ 6:29 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Chris, one piece of local data on that that was recently released came from the Dare County Department of Public Health. Since the first so-called “breakthrough” case (cases among the fully vaccinated) was reported in the county on April 12, a total of 431 out of 481 reported cases have been among the unvaccinated. That is technically 89.6% of all those cases

    Sunday, Aug 1 @ 9:54 am
  • Cliff Blakely

    Thank you, Mark

    Sunday, Aug 1 @ 5:18 am
  • Tom

    Mark, as owner of the Voice, it’s your decision, and as a daily reader I respect it. It’s not like you’re violating someone’s first amendment rights either. However, the spread of disinformation and misinformation and personal insults date back to the days of George Washington. Today it’s comments on COVID stories that you are blocking, what will the next topic be?

    Sunday, Aug 1 @ 7:31 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Tom, I understand the slippery slope argument, but my response is that the COVID pandemic presents an extremely unusual situation, given that the outbreak itself is a once-in-a-century event. In different times, perhaps the country would have united around a public health challenge like this, but these days, a disease that has already killed over 600,000 Americans becomes another tribal political issue. And in this case, misinformation and disinformation costs lives. There is no other topic we routinely cover on the Voice that can be said to have that much at stake.
    One quick point about the spread of misinformation being a part of U.S. history. True. But in these days of digital communication and social media, that misinformation can travel faster than the speed of sound and reach an audience of almost incalculable size.

    Sunday, Aug 1 @ 10:05 am