By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice on October 13, 2021
In an Oct. 11 memo to Schools Superintendent John Farrelly, Dare County Department of Health and Human Services Director Dr. Sheila Davies provided an update on the COVID-19 situation in the community and schools for the Dare County Board of Education meeting on Oct. 12.
Citing a conflict, Davies was unable to attend the meeting and submitted the memo via email. Farrelly offered to deliver her presentation, but the Board of Education members — citing her absence from the meeting — voted 4-1 to exclude the health director’s report from the meeting agenda.
In the memo (Sheila Davies Memo), Davies stated that although COVID-19 cases have been declining, Dare County still remains at a level of high community transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, she noted, recommend schools continue with layered mitigation strategies, including universal masking, while counties are experiencing substantial or high levels of community transmission.
Davies also cited the “dramatic decrease in the number of students in quarantine and those with active cases since the implementation of the indoor mask requirement in Dare County Schools.”
Davies, in the memo, also outlined quarantine updates and noted that a Pfizer booster vaccine clinic has been scheduled for Oct. 30 for school personnel who had their second dose of Pfizer at least six months ago and who are interested in receiving a third dose.
Key takeaways from Davies’ report include:
Click here to read the pdf Sheila Davies Memo.