By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on September 14, 2021
The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports 279 new cases of COVID-19 in the week of Sept. 6-12, the highest number of cases in a single week since the pandemic began being tracked back in March 2020. There had been 259 cases reported by the county in each of the two previous weeks.
Four out of five (81%) of the new cases in the past week were among those who were not vaccinated against COVID, while 19% were breakthrough cases among the fully vaccinated, according to the DHHS’s new Sept. 14 COVID update.
In addition, the percentage of positive COVID cases reported here was 22.5% in the past week, up from 17.4% the previous week. There are currently 168 active COVID-19 cases among residents of Dare County, and there are 17 individuals hospitalized due to complications from COVID-19 (15 residents and 2 non-residents).
On the vaccination front, the DHHS now reports that 69% of Dare County residents eligible for the vaccine (12 years old and up) have received at least one shot of COVID vaccine while 65% have been fully vaccinated.
When it comes to giving another booster dose of vaccine to those already fully vaccinated, the DHHS Sept. 14 update stated that, “we are waiting on information from the FDA and NCDHHS regarding booster (3rd doses) for individuals who were fully vaccinated with an mRNA COVID vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) at least 8 months ago.” That is an apparent reference to the ongoing debate among health officials and the Biden Administration over whether and when to give these booster shots.
The DHHS says it is organizing vaccination clinics that would administer boosters throughout the fall, but it adds that registration for those clinics is not yet open.
To read the complete update, click here.