Dare County released the following update for Tuesday, June 29, which provides details on recent Coronavirus cases, vaccine data, and more COVID-19 information.
Dare County COVID-19 Case Update
The total number of new positive cases reported in Dare County over the past week was 7.
Of these 7 new cases:
- 5 (75%) are symptomatic
- 6 (90%) acquired the virus by direct contact with unvaccinated individuals who were positive for COVID-19.
- 1 of the new cases was fully vaccinated
- 2 of the new cases are linked to a residential camp
Currently, there are 11 active COVID-19 cases among residents of Dare County. 2 residents remain hospitalized due to complications from COVID-19. There have been a total of 11 breakthrough COVID-19 cases reported in Dare County.
All individuals 12 years of age and over are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccination. COVID-19 vaccinations are readily available at numerous locations throughout the county including the health department and many area pharmacies like: Walgreens, CVS, Sunshine Family Pharmacy, Island Pharmacy, Bear Drugs, and Beach Pharmacy.
Since late December 2020, a total of 22,867 (62%) of eligible Dare County residents have received an initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 21,890 (59%) are fully vaccinated.
In addition to preventing serious illness and death, getting your COVID-19 vaccine prevents you from being quarantined if you are exposed to a person who tests positive for COVID-19, as long as you remain symptom free.
Each week we review the 4 key metrics associated with disease investigation and surveillance. The metrics are:
- Number of Tests
- Confirmed Cases
- Positive Tests as a Percent of Total Tests
- COVID Like Illness Surveillance
This past week there were 326 COVID-19 diagnostic tests reported in Dare County. This brings the total number of tests performed since early March of last year to 41,056. There were 7 positive cases between June 21 and June 26. The percentage of positive tests to overall tests in Dare County since we started testing in March 2020 decreased to 8.00%. The percent of positive tests to total tests for the past week decreased slightly to 2.00%. Syndromic surveillance of individuals presenting with COVID-like symptoms to the emergency department and urgent care centers continues to show low levels of activity. These graphs can be found on the Dare County website at www.darenc.com/covid19.
Communications and Information Sharing
Dare County DHHS has an established schedule of communication to share information regarding COVID-19. Every Tuesday, a written update that includes the previous week’s COVID-19 key metrics is issued. Additional updates will be released as needed. All released videos and written updates can be found on our website, DHHS Facebook page, Dare County Twitter page, and Dare Emergency Management Twitter page. If you would like to receive these updates directly to your email, please sign up to receive our e-notifications.
New positive cases are updated on the dashboard and on our website and shared on the DHHS facebook page each Tuesday. To find the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases in Dare County visit www.darenc.com/covid19. State COVID-19 data is available at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard.
We encourage you to stay informed by visiting www.darenc.com/covid19 or by visiting the CDC or NC DHHS websites. If you have specific needs or questions you may also call the Dare County COVID-19 call center open Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 5:00 at 252-475-5008.