By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on October 18, 2021
Update: There is more good news on COVID-19 transmission in Dare County in the update released on Oct. 19 by the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services. Aside from the number of cases dropping to 86 from 119 the previous week, the percentage of positive COVID test results from Oct. 11-17 fell to 11.6%, down from 16.9% the previous week. In addition, the DHHS reports there are currently 75 active COVID-19 cases among Dare County residents and 8 residents are hospitalized with the virus. Click here for the full update.
Continuing the trend of decreasing COVID transmission locally, the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported 86 new cases of COVID-19 in the week of Oct. 11-17. That is down from 119 cases in the week of Oct. 4-10, which represented a minor uptick from the 111 cases reported the previous week.
By way of context, there were a record-setting 279 weekly cases of COVID-19 in Dare County from Sept. 6-12.
Of the 86 new cases from Oct. 11-17, 80% of them occurred among those who were not fully vaccinated or had received no COVID vaccine, with 20% representing so-called “breakthrough” cases among the fully vaccinated.
More key metrics regarding COVID will be published on Tuesday, Oct. 19 when the DHHS provides its weekly COVID update — including the percentage of positive COVID tests out of all tests administered. For the week of Oct. 4-10, that number jumped to 16.9%, from 13.3% the previous week.