By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on September 7, 2021
The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported today that there were 259 cases of COVID-19 from Aug. 30-Sept. 5 — the exact number of cases reported from Aug. 23-29 and virtually the same as the 257 cases reported from Aug. 16-22.
The new DHHS report (link to full report here), released on Sept. 7, also reported that there are currently 174 active COVID-19 cases among county residents, with 18 residents and 5 non-residents currently hospitalized with the virus. An additional 17 residents have succumbed to COVID since the beginning of the pandemic.
The percentage of all COVID-19 tests in the county that came back positive last week was still a very high 17.4%, but it is down a bit from the 19.1% mark in the previous week.
Of the 259 cases from Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 46 (or 18%) were breakthrough cases involving the fully vaccinated, meaning that 82% of those infected were not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated. That is very close to the percentage of breakthrough cases the DHHS has reported (19%) since the first such case was reported here in April.
The percentage of Dare County residents who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine is currently 69%, while 64% of eligible county residents are fully vaccinated, according to the Sept. 7 update.
In terms of booster shots, the DHHS said it anticipates administering third shots to those who have received two doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines at least eight months earlier at vaccine clinics scheduled in September, October and November. There will be more information available next week on registering for those clinics.
The DHHS is also tracking the number of students and staff in the Dare County Schools who have contracted COVID or are in quarantine. The current number is 77 active cases and 482 in quarantine among the students. Among staff, there are 9 active cases with 6 in quarantine.