DCDHHS COVID-19 Update #77 | Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, COVID-19 Update

DCDHHS COVID-19 Update #77
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
1:45 p.m.

Dare County COVID-19 Case Update

New cases of COVID-19 continue to grow rapidly in Dare County. Since our last report on 1/12, there has been an increase of 206 new COVID-19 cases. Of these 206 new cases:

  • 166 (81%) are symptomatic

  • 174 (84%) acquired the virus by direct contact with an individual or individuals who were positive for COVID-19.

We are also continuing to see a very high percent positivity rate. For the past week alone the percent of positive tests to total tests for COVID-19 was 16.1 %. The total COVID-19 positive case count in Dare County is 2,300, of which there are 201 active cases among residents of Dare County. Of the 2,300 cases, 1543 are residents and 757 are non-residents. Currently, 12 residents are hospitalized due to complications from COVID-19.

Controlling the Spread

The vast majority of new cases of COVID-19 in Dare County continue to be linked to direct contact between close friends, co-workers and families. We are seeing a recent increase in viral spread in the workplace from prolonged exposure between co-workers. Workplaces should consider following mitigation measures that were used early on in the pandemic including encouraging remote work where possible, ensuring socially distant work stations, and limiting face to face meetings. The increase is workplace spread is not linked to brief interactions between employees but rather meetings, lunch gatherings and shared working spaces. As spread is increasing in work places this is also driving more spread among families as workers are unknowingly bringing the virus home to their families before they realize they were infected. We strongly encourage all workplaces to take whatever measures possible to limit prolonged direct contact.

We continue to encourage everyone to follow the 3Ws to protect yourself and others and help reduce the spread of this virus. Please wear a mask, wait six feet apart from others and wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

COVID-19 Vaccine

DCDHHS is currently scheduling vaccinations for individuals who are in Phase 2 of the state’s Prioritization Phases. This includes anyone 65 and over and healthcare providers.

Information to register for the vaccine may be submitted online at www.darenc.com/Register4Vaccine or by calling the COVID-19 call center at 252-475-5008.

We have added a new vaccine data dashboard on our website so individuals can easily follow which phase we are currently vaccinating as well as see the metrics on doses delivered, appointments scheduled for upcoming clinics and the waitlist count. This information will be updated weekly on Mondays and can be found at www.darenc.com/covidvaccine

General information on the COVID-19 vaccines can be found on the state’s website www.covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines.

Key Metrics

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 1,258 COVID-19 diagnostic tests performed in Dare County. This brings the total number of tests performed since early March to 29,792.  There were 203 positive cases between January 11 and January 17. The percent of positive tests to overall tests in Dare County since we started testing in early March increased to 7.6%. The percent of positive tests to total tests for the past week was 16.1%. Syndromic surveillance of  the emergency department and urgent care centers showed an increase in individuals presenting with COVID like symptoms . 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 and a video update which includes an overview of 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 enotifications.

New positive cases are updated on the dashboard on our website and shared on the DHHS facebook page when we receive them. 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.

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 may also call the Dare County COVID-19 call center open Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 5:00 at 252-475-5008.


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