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DCDHHS COVID-19 Update # 131
Tuesday, January 4, 2021
4:00 p.m.

Dare County COVID-19 Case Update

The number of new laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to Dare County DHHS and the percentage of positive tests to the total number of tests have both increased significantly over the past week.

The total number of new positive cases reported in Dare County over the past week was 513. The majority of new cases were acquired through direct contact with friends or family members who were positive or symptomatic. Of the 513 new cases last week:

  • 420 (82%) reported being symptomatic

  • 446 (87%) said they contracted the virus through direct contact with someone positive for 257 COVID-19.

  • 257 (50%) were not vaccinated. 83 (16%) of the positive cases reported were boosted.

Currently, there are 156 active cases of COVID-19 among residents of Dare County. There are 16 residents hospitalized due to complications from COVID-19.

Reported positive cases only include laboratory-confirmed cases reported by medical providers, emergency care facilities, hospital, or the state, which includes tests done at area pharmacies. Self-reported, over-the-counter home tests are not counted in the reported count totals, but contact tracing is performed for self-reported positive cases.

Dare County remains in the red category on the CDC’s community transmission level map, indicating a high level of community transmission of the virus. All 100 counties in North Carolina are in the red category. While Dare County remains an area of ​​widespread community transmission, all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, ages 5 and older are required to wear a mask when indoors in public places. All individuals should consider wearing a mask outside if they are gathering in large crowds. People aged 5 and over should get vaccinated against COVID-19 to help prevent serious illness, hospitalizations and death.

CDC and NC DHHS Updated Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

The CDC has updated and shortened the recommended isolation and quarantine periods for COVID-19 in the general population to 5 days. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227- Isolation-quarantine-guidance.html

NC DHHS adopted the CDC guidelines as of 12/28/2021. Please see the previous link for more details on the tips.

  • The updated guidelines are effective immediately and people currently in isolation or quarantine must adhere to the new guidelines regarding the length of quarantine, isolation and mask wear periods, if applicable.

  • The NCDHHS will continue to consider the isolation period to begin as soon as symptoms appear for symptomatic cases, even with a positive COVID-19 test before symptoms appear. For people who remain asymptomatic, the isolation period begins on the date of the sample collection for the positive test.

Revolutionary cases

When an individual tests positive for COVID-19 two or more weeks after receiving the final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, it is considered a breakthrough case. Cases of vaccine breakthrough are expected. COVID-19 vaccines are effective and are an essential tool in bringing the pandemic under control. However, no vaccine is 100% effective in preventing disease in people who are vaccinated. According to the CDC, there is evidence that vaccination can make the disease less serious for those who are vaccinated and still get sick.

As of the week of April 12, when the first breakthrough case was reported, 4,429 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Dare County. 3,293 (74%) of these cases were not or not fully vaccinated. Of the 1,116 breakthroughs:

  • 656 residents and 460 non-residents

  • 327 reported being asymptomatic; 342 reported mild symptoms and 58 reported moderate symptoms

  • 4 were hospitalized

  • 1 death

  • 192 had the J&J vaccine

  • 489 had Moderna vaccine

  • 430 had the Pfizer vaccine

  • 5 had Astrazeneca

The integers provided above are for informational purposes and not an indication of how well one vaccine is relative to others. It should be noted that the Moderna vaccine was the predominant vaccine administered by Dare DHHS. The breakdown of COVID 19 vaccines administered by Dare DHHS is: 5% J&J, 24% Pfizer and 71% Moderna.

Groundbreaking cases are not currently differentiated between boosted and unboosted, but data shows a stronger immune response in people who received their booster. If you are eligible for a recall, consider getting it ASAP.

COVID vaccination in Dare

All people 5 years of age and older are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are readily available in many locations across the county, including the health department and many area pharmacies, such as: Walgreens, CVS, Sunshine Family Pharmacy, Island Pharmacy, Bear Drugs, and Beach Pharmacy.

People aged 5 and over should be vaccinated whether or not you have had COVID-19 before. This is because experts do not yet know how long you are protected against a new disease after your recovery from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, you may be infected again with the virus that causes COVID-19. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a large increase in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19. If you have been treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you must wait 90 days before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are not sure what treatments you have received or if you have any further questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

As of the end of December 2020, a total of 27,346 (74%) of eligible residents of Dare County have received an initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 26,101 (71%) are fully immunized.

COVID-19 Booster Dose Information

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have recommended booster shots for all people 16 years of age and older to strengthen and expand protections against COVID- 19.

The FDA announced yesterday that it is recommending booster shots for people ages 12 to 15 who have received their second dose at least 5 months previously. This clearance could arrive later this week.

If you have received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, you may receive your booster dose six months after your second injection. If you have received the J&J vaccine, you may receive your booster two months after your injection.

The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services offers Moderna booster vaccines. Below is a breakdown of where residents of Dare County can receive the first, second and booster doses.

First, second or booster dose of Moderna
You can call your local pharmacy or call our Clinical Services team at 252.475.5003 (select option 2, leave a message if accessing voicemail).

First dose or booster dose of J&J
Call the pharmacy in your area.

First, second or booster dose of Pfizer
Call the pharmacy in your area.

For more information or questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses, please visit www.darenc.com.COVID / vaccine

Key indicators

Each week we review the 4 key parameters associated with disease investigation and surveillance. The metrics are:

Last week, 1,652 COVID-19 diagnostic tests were reported in Dare County. This brings the total number of tests reported since early March last year to 64,826. There were 513 positive cases between December 27 and January 2. The percentage of positive tests compared to overall tests in Dare County since we started testing in March 2020 has increased in recent weeks. Last week it was 11.63%. The percentage of positive tests over the total number of tests for the last week increased from the previous week to 31.05%. Syndromic surveillance of people with COVID-like symptoms in the emergency department and emergency care has increased. These graphics are available on the Dare County website at www.darenc.com/covid19.

Communications and information sharing

Dare County DHHS has established a communications schedule to share information regarding COVID-19. Every Tuesday, a written update that includes key COVID-19 metrics from the previous week is released. Additional updates will be released as needed. All posted videos and written updates are available 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 in your email, please sign up to receive our notifications.

New positive cases this week will be updated on the dashboard and on our website and shared on the DHHS facebook page Monday through Friday. To find the most recent 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.

Contact us

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 can also call the Dare County COVID-19 Call Center, open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 252-475-5008.


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