In Dare County, COVID cases are rising, but serious illness isn’t

By on May 10, 2022

While reported cases of COVID-19 continue a steady rise here, there is no evidence of increasing levels of serious disease, according to new data from the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DCHHS) released on May 9.

For the week of May 2-May 8, the DCHHS reported 96 new cases of COVID-19, but with no new hospitalizations or deaths. In fact, the last death reported here was back in January.

Still, the number of reported infections, as has been the case at the state and national level, has been rising in recent weeks. On April 4, for example, the county reported just 7 COVID cases for the preceding week. Since then, reported cases have increased in five consecutive weeks.

Asked to characterize the current state of COVID transmission in Dare County, DCHHS Director Sheila Davies told the Voice that “while we are seeing an increase in COVID cases, we are not seeing an increase in regional hospital bed utilization nor are we seeing an increase in hospital admissions…Dare County, like much of the state and nation, is seeing an increase in cases with most resulting in mild to moderate illness.”

One issue in assessing the prevalence of the disease locally is the inexact science of testing under current circumstances, given that home test results are not counted or reported.

“Reported cases only reflect cases which are still required to be reported from doctor offices, pharmacies, urgent care centers and hospitals,” added Davies. They certainly do not reflect the overall positive case counts in a given community.  The best protection from severe illness and hospitalization is to stay current with your COVID vaccinations.”




County Dare, North Carolina
Dare County Tourism Board

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Visitors Bureau will hold a public meeting to review the plans for an Outer Banks Event Center. The meeting will take place on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Keeper’s Galley building at Haven on the Banks, 115 Dove Street, Nags Head North Carolina 27959.

Still in the conceptual phase, the Event Center is intended to provide suitable and flexible space for year-round events, concerts, sports, meetings, smaller tradeshows, galas and any number of other uses. Learn more about the benefits for visitors and residents and how the Event Center is planned to complement the new Soundside boardwalk that is being designed.

Staff will be on hand to answer any questions. For additional information, please visit our Event Center FAQ page.



  • Jeremy Todd

    Congrats, the vaccine is working. Thank a vaccinated person for this little fact. You’re welcome

    Wednesday, May 11 @ 4:52 pm
  • Sean Mulligan

    The virus has mutated to a less deadly version.

    Thursday, May 12 @ 10:07 am
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