By Outer Banks Voice on October 12, 2021
A new weekly COVID update released on Oct. 12 by the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) shows that along with a minor uptick in cases reported in the past week, the percentage of positive COVID tests increased by a somewhat larger margin.
For the week of Oct. 4-10, the number of COVID-19 cases ticked up to 119 from 111 the previous week. And the percentage of positive COVID tests in the period was 16.97%, which is up from 13.3% the previous week. While cases have significantly diminished from the peak of the summer surge, Dare County remains a red county with high community transmission on the CDC COVID map.
Currently, there are 70 active COVID-19 cases among residents of Dare County. There are 13 residents hospitalized due to complications from COVID-19.
There is also an Oct. 12 update on the so-called breakthrough cases affecting people who are fully vaccinated against the virus. Since the first such case was reported in Dare County in April, 80% of the 2,707 positive cases have occurred among people who were not fully vaccinated against COVID or hadn’t receive any vaccine dose; and 20% of cases have affected fully vaccinated people.
As far as vaccination goes, the update shows that 71% of all eligible county residents (ages 12 and older) have received at least one dose of vaccine while 67% are fully vaccinated. All residents are encouraged to be vaccinated and those vaccinations are readily available at numerous locations throughout the county including the health department and many area pharmacies like: Walgreens, CVS, Sunshine Family Pharmacy, Island Pharmacy, Bear Drugs, and Beach Pharmacy.
At the current time, booster shots are available only for people who received their second Pfizer shot at least six months ago and who are 65 and older; have a medical conditions that puts them at high risk for severe disease; or work or live in a high-risk environment. No one under the age of 18 is eligible for a booster at this point.
To read the full report visit Dare County COVID-19 Case Update