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Dare County COVID update by the numbers - The Outer Banks Voice

By Outer Banks Voice on August 17, 2021

(Dare County Department of Health and Human Services)

Here are some key numbers released in the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services’ Aug. 17 update on local COVID-19 transmission. The main metrics for the week of Aug. 9-15 look quite similar to those reported from Aug. 2-8.

  • 226 cases reported in the week of Aug. 9-15. That is slightly above the 217 cases reported the previous week. (The Voice had reported yesterday that there were 224 cases from Aug. 9-15, apparently missing two of them.) The 226 cases in the past week represent the third-highest weekly total since the pandemic began in 2020.
  • 19.4% positivity rate, meaning that 19.4% of all COVID tests administered in the past week came back positive. That is down slightly from 20.2% the previous week;
  • 31% of the week’s 226 cases were so-called breakthrough cases, meaning infections of those fully vaccinated against COVID. Since the first breakthrough case was reported back on April 12, 19% of the 1,089 cases reported here have been breakthrough cases;
  • 164 active cases of COVID-19 currently among Dare County residents;
  • 12 individuals are hospitalized with COVID including 7 residents of Dare County and 5 non-residents;
  • 15 is the number of Dare County residents who have passed away from COVID since the beginning of the pandemic;
  • 100% of the 95 COVID-19 specimens sequenced by Vidant Medical in the past week have been the highly transmissible Delta variant. Dare County specimens are included in that Vidant sample;
  • 62% of Dare County residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 66% have received at least one does.

Link to the full report here .