By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on October 11, 2021
The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has reported 119 new cases of COVID-19 in the week from Oct. 4-Oct. 10. That represents a very modest increase over the 111 cases reported in the previous week, from Sept. 27-Oct. 3.
Of the newly reported cases, 76% of them occurred among people who were not fully vaccinated or had not received any COVID vaccine.
While the total number of cases for the week show a small uptick, the clear trend in recent weeks, at the national, state and county level, suggests that the summer COVID surge driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant has eased — even though the numbers are still relatively high. One month earlier, in the week of Sept. 6-12, the county had reported a record-high 279 weekly cases of COVID.
At the same time, the DHHS is also tracking the number of COVID-19 cases in the district’s school system. The numbers there are encouraging. Currently, there are 11 active cases among students with 19 students in quarantine. Among school staffers, there is 1 case with no one in quarantine.
Both of those numbers are dramatically down in the past month or so. Back on Sept. 7, there were 77 cases of COVID among students with 482 of them in quarantine. After the Dare County Board of Education voted on Sept. 1 to mandate universal masking in the schools, quarantining rules were eased, with close contacts of a student who tests positive not required to go into quarantine.
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