Dare LWV honors Davies for COVID leadership

By on December 4, 2021

(Dare County League of Women Voters)

Sheila Davies was honored for her work with COVID.

More than 50 members of the Dare League of Women Voters (LWV) gathered for a holiday luncheon and auction on Dec. 3 at the Duck Woods Country Club to honor special guest, Dr. Sheila Davies, who received an Award of Excellence.

Davies has been the Director of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the public health director for Dare County since 2014, and the award recognized her efforts to keep Dare County residents safe and healthy during the challenges of the COVID pandemic.

At the meeting, League Chair of Voter Services Lorelei Dibernardo read off an exhaustive list of accomplishments that included the training of 50 staff members in contact tracing that resulted in 30,100 phone calls to direct contacts of positive cases. Davies hosted 24 webinars for healthcare worker education; hosted seven mass testing events; produced 101 videos focused on COVID updates for the public along with the online COVID dashboard; and opened 51 mass vaccination clinics to immunize Dare citizens.

As a result of these efforts, Dare County ranked #2 in North Carolina for the percentage of citizens vaccinated (73% have received at least one dose; 69% fully vaccinated). Davies did this while maintaining regular DHHS programs and services throughout the pandemic: health and outreach, veteran’s services, WIC and child protective services, to name a few.

Davies recounted that the first case of COVID-19 arrived in Dare County on March 1, 2020. Since that first case, she “prepared for duration and intensity.” She credited and praised all departments and her team with the success of their efforts through consistent messaging across health services, police, and EMS in coordination with mayors, hospitals and schools.

“I think we will see brighter days ahead,” she said in her Dec. 3 remarks. We now have masks, vaccines, and new drugs on the horizon, but it was the turnout for the vaccines that helped us get to where we are. We are at the point where we are mostly monitoring the number of hospitalized and the levels of sickness rather than the number of people dying. When fully vaccinated, the level of illness is greatly diminished.”

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  • Thinking About the Future

    Where is Trevor Noah when we need him? 50 people at a luncheon about “keeping safe” from Covid. I applaud Ms. Davies and the health dept for all their tireless good work, but this event was something else.

    Sunday, Dec 5 @ 8:03 am
  • WindyBill

    The Neverending Story has had a truely Bright spot. Dr Davis’ efforts on behalf of the people of Dare has been brilliant, deeply caring, hard, and most likely saved many lives. Thank You! (and yes she was right)

    Sunday, Dec 5 @ 11:32 am
  • James Caverly

    First thank you for an excellent job done by you and your team.
    My question is directed to Dr. Shelia Davies.
    Can dare County get free testing strips like the ones sold at Walmart at cost for about $15 available for our citizens perhaps through the food pantry and other places?
    there is tax reimbursement for these OTC test kits for the individual.
    Perhaps dare county could get reimbursed for The cost of these OTC test kits?
    I believe that we would greatly reduce the spread of COVID-19 through family gatherings if people were to use these test kits prior to gathering. I am not suggesting these tests be used instead of the more reliable Covid swab test, But it will reduce transmission through the wonderful holiday traditions of families gathering.

    Sunday, Dec 5 @ 11:34 am
  • Rosemary Rawlins

    Just for the record, Dr. Davies wore a mask and took it off for a few photos and for her meal as is protocol in any restaurant in the OBX right now.

    Sunday, Dec 5 @ 5:11 pm
  • Michael

    Just for the record, she didn’t at a golf tourney at duck woods last year I was at. Just for the record. “ Rules for thee but not for me”

    Monday, Dec 6 @ 5:11 am
  • Travis

    Dr. Davies was the best mayor KDH ever had and possibly one of the best mayors on the entire Outer Banks. Now she’s setting the bar at the Health Department, which, incidentally was a management disaster before she arrived. This community is lucky to have her.

    Monday, Dec 6 @ 9:52 am