Dare COVID cases drop to 67 in past week 

By on November 22, 2021

Woman becomes 23rd county resident to succumb to virus

The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has reported 67 news cases of COVID-19 in the week from Nov. 15-21, a significant drop from the 109 cases from the previous week, and back down to the same number of cases (67) reported for the week of Nov. 1-7.

The 67 cases reported in the first week of this month represented the lowest level since 54 cases were reported the week of July 12-18.

Sadly, another county resident succumbed to the virus in the past week, becoming the 23rd to die since the outset of the pandemic in March 2020. The DHHS reported the deceased as a female between the ages of 50-64.

In addition, two county residents, a male between 50-64 and a female under 17, were hospitalized with complications from COVID in the week of Nov. 15-21.

In keeping very much with the recent trend, 50 out of the 67 cases reported from Nov. 15-21 (accounting for 75% of those cases) occurred among those who were not fully vaccinated or did not receive any COVID vaccine. The other 25% were “breakout cases” that occurred among the fully vaccinated.

Also according to DHHS data, there are currently 18 public school students with active cases of COVID-19 with 34 students quarantined. Among school staff, there are four infected individuals and 1 staffer in quarantine.


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  • Another one

    News must be hard to come by these days. Still running a 2 year tally? Smh

    Tuesday, Nov 23 @ 5:29 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Another, sorry that a pandemic that has killed 770,000 Americans and last week killed a Dare County resident and hospitalized two more doesn’t fit your category of news. It fits ours.

    Tuesday, Nov 23 @ 8:27 am
  • Willy C

    Wait until next week

    Tuesday, Nov 23 @ 6:52 am
  • Bud

    That’s right Willy, Thanksgiving brings a lot of virus transmitters to the area, best to lay low and enjoy the empty stretches of beach.

    Tuesday, Nov 23 @ 8:37 am
  • Just sayin

    That’s right…just like this whole thing from the beginning. Keep up “the sky is falling” fear mongering. Enjoy your thanksgiving with your family. Funny how no one ever pipes up after their predictions don’t come to fruition to say, “oh, I guess I was wrong”. My prediction? Nothing is going to be different next week.

    Wednesday, Nov 24 @ 5:46 am
  • Billsnc

    @just sayin

    Funny how no one ever pipes up after their predictions don’t come to fruition to say, “oh, I guess I was wrong”

    You’re right, I don’t recall any anti-science/anti-maskers coming back on here to admit they were wrong when cases dropped drastically after the school mask mandate.

    Wednesday, Nov 24 @ 10:38 am
  • One

    Thank you outerbanksvoice for reporting the numbers… One of the complaints I heard when I moved here is that our journalism did not report the crime in the community… what would you think of a news organization they didn’t report 25 deaths in your community over the last two years…would “ another one “ call that good journalism… Please people the truth is not that the sky is falling but to be oblivious to the truth is absurd.
    Please do the protections as best you can as recommended.
    Why wouldn’t you wanna take small steps that work to protect yourself and others?

    Wednesday, Nov 24 @ 10:46 am
  • One

    To just saying
    Have a great Thanksgiving protect yourself and others. Where do the characterization of the sky is falling coming from. Predictions let’s look at the former president and the predictions he made around this pandemic I’m done with all that. Let’s all stop looking for someone to blame

    Wednesday, Nov 24 @ 3:23 pm
  • Michael Myers

    Of course it’s dropping. The 250,000 visitors and NRPOs coming fire from all over the country each week during the IN Season, many whom are heavily infected, are not here for the most part…barring this week. Many know they have Covid but still arrive cause they heard that Sea air or the oceans negative ions will help cure them, etc. They, especially from the north, have no care or respect for the local populace. Most come here, including NRPOs come here and trash our beaches, over pack rental homes with too many occupants. Knowing they are infected they still go out to the restaurants and bars. The Outerbanks is definitely not what is was. It’s so sad to see the decline and the local governments only see dollar signs with no care for the damages to the OBX area and its year round population. Also, a bunch of people have recently retired and moved here from up north and still have their attitudes and condescending treatment of the service sector. Not all but many. And not to mention the corruption of many of the so called public offices. We moved away after growing up here and living here for decades. We bought a nice spread in the country. The OBX will only get worse if the only thing recognized by our local governments is “The Almighty Tourist Dollar.” I realize some of the tax goes to better the area but a lot is completely wasted like spending millions upon millions of dollars on so called Beach nourishment. It’s a never ending process and a losing battle. We will visit from time to time…only in the off season though. This past Summer was absolutely ridiculous. And the only thing you hear about is Record Occupancy and dollar signs. More to waste. Its such a shame.

    Thursday, Nov 25 @ 6:42 am
  • Another one

    Hey mark, did you read my last sentence? What’s the flu tally for the last 2 years, or overdoses of our locals over the last 2 years? You think Covid is killing more of our locals? Give us the tally’s!!! These have been here for decades and where are the numbers. Are you oblivious to how selective this looks? Where are all the death tally’s of our locals. I had a friend pass away a couple weeks ago. You never put in the paper? So this article isn’t about a local passing away being news, interesting. You think Covid deaths are more important? Please elaborate. I think the only pandemic we have now is people not admitting that they were wrong! Explain to us how more people have died after 80% of our population was vaccinated?

    Friday, Nov 26 @ 7:55 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    First off, Another, the Voice’s obituary section publishes the stories of the lives of local people who passed, and we make that available to everyone. Moreover, the emergence of the COVID pandemic in early 2020 (and we now know earlier) has arguably been the biggest and most impactful story in the world since then. Cities have been locked down, travel has been blocked, economies have been dramatically slowed, businesses have closed, hospitals have been overrun, schools have had to teach their students at home. In addition, in the U.S., the COVID pandemic has become yet another bitterly divisive political issue and may have been the most influential issue in the 2020 president election. In addition, as opposed to most of the ways people die, COVID is a contagious disease, passed from one person to another. How I behave can affect whether you come down with this disease and vice versa. Which then brings us to your interest in the flu tally, because that too, is a communicable disease. The best figures I can give you deaths is provided by the CDC. In the decade from 2010 to 2020, the U.S. has experienced an estimated total of 334,000 flu deaths, which comes out to 33,400 a year. In the less than 2 years of the COVID pandemic, there have been just under 774,000 COVID deaths. You can do the math. It’s at least 10x.
    I understand that there are folks who contend that COVID is some media invention and there will be no changing their minds. But your charge that by not publicizing every death in Dare County, we are valuing one life (or death) over another is disingenuous — at best.

    Friday, Nov 26 @ 9:45 am
  • Disgruntled

    It is interesting that influenza numbers are always given to be “estimates”, along with many details of why. IMO the flu numbers have allowed the unknown variables or underling conditions over the years, and the covid number you have used does not, it is not a fair comparison for several reasons.
    -How it is reported.
    -The requirement of all states to report covid.
    -The amount of testing in a greater population.
    -The test being used

    It’s hard to read the FAQ and not wonder what the real number of flu related deaths really are. Given the all encompassing, relentless search for covid “cases”, that alone isn’t a fair comparison to the guesswork of flu number estimates based on very little lab verified testing.

    “Also, seasonal flu illness is not a reportable disease, and not everyone who gets sick with flu seeks medical care or gets tested for flu.”

    “CDC does not know exactly how many people die from seasonal flu each year. There are several reasons for this. First, states are not required to report individual flu illnesses or deaths among people older than 18 years old to CDC.”

    “Seasonal flu may lead to death from other causes, such as pneumonia, congestive heart failure, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It has been recognized for many years that flu is underreported on death certificates and patients aren’t always tested for seasonal flu virus infection, particularly the elderly who are at increased risk of seasonal flu complications and death.”

    “Also, most people who die from flu-related complications are not tested for flu, or they seek medical care later in their illness when flu can no longer be detected from respiratory samples (sensitive flu tests are only likely to detect flu if performed within a week after onset of illness).”


    I’m not disputing any number but the number of covid deaths being used appears to include every patient who tested covid positive as the cause, clearly the flu estimates have never been that assumingly definitive ?

    Saturday, Nov 27 @ 3:35 pm
  • Billsnc


    Ok, to take your argument further, let’s say the flu numbers are under reported by 100% and COVID are overstated by 100%

    Following this logic then (using Mark’s numbers from above), 66k died from flu (2 x 33k) and 175k (.5 x 350k) died from covid in a year. Using those exaggerated numbers, that’s still almost 3 times the number of people!

    Monday, Nov 29 @ 2:41 pm
  • Disgruntled

    Don’t know how to dispute the numbers. In this case the variables are so large I’m not sure that even the great handicap you have given means anything?

    If held to the same standards as current covid testing/reporting there is just no way to know the previous flu numbers. Junk in, junk out.

    Monday, Nov 29 @ 9:34 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Disgruntled, if and when a flu season gets bad enough, the same kind of alarm bells, red lights and screaming headlines would go off as we’ve seen in this COVID pandemic. (Let’s remember that the most lethal pandemic before COVID was the 1918 flu.) So, it’s not like we’re getting these disastrous flu seasons that are akin to this COVID outbreak, but no one is aware of that because we don’t know how to count flu cases exactly. And while there have been some spikes and decreases in the nearly two-year course of the COVID pandemic, the flu basically goes away for a big chunk of the calendar year.

    Monday, Nov 29 @ 9:50 pm
  • Billsnc

    Well I don’t know what to say then. How do you convince anyone of anything then? If you’re trying to convince someone the sky is blue, and they don’t believe blue is blue, then you can’t even convince them by having them look up with their own eyes.

    We’re to that level of ridiculousness, and I guess that’s the root of the problem.

    Tuesday, Nov 30 @ 10:36 am
  • Disgruntled

    If Covid had a similar survival rate as Spanish flu I suppose there would be little resistance to the all the concern.

    Wednesday, Dec 1 @ 2:04 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    You talk about lethality “rate,” but COVID has already killed 100,000 more Americans than the 1918 flu. And that’s with infinitely better medicine now. Given our politics today, I’m not sure the resistance to the concern would change if the lethality rate was higher.

    Wednesday, Dec 1 @ 8:07 am
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