COVID-19 numbers update; cases rising

Published 3:03 pm Friday, January 1, 2021

This explanatory note on the state’s COVID-19 website may explain the very high case numbers recorded for some northeastern North Carolina counties.

“On Dec. 29, 2020, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services experienced technical issues with the NC COVID reporting system.

“As a result, cases and test data are higher for today than they would have been had data been processed at the standard time.

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“Data reported on Dec. 30, 2020, will be higher as it will represent 36 hours of data, and data reported on Dec. 31, 2020, may be lower as it will represent 12 hours of data.”

Statewide

On Wednesday, Dec. 30, North Carolina reported 8,551 new lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Some 3,339 people are hospitalized with the virus on Dec. 30. Across the state, 2,067 ICU beds are occupied with coronavirus victims. Empty but staffed ICU beds number 367 statewide, 30 fewer beds than reported Dec. 29.

So far in this pandemic, 6,729 North Carolinians have died from COVID-19.

Statewide, 63,571 first doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered as of 8 p.m., Dec. 28, 2020. The vaccination figures are expected to be updated Jan. 5, 2021.

Dare County

On Dec. 30, Dare County released its dashboard information showing a one day total of 50 new cases of COVID-19. It’s the highest one-day total recorded since the pandemic started in the county, but the total represents 36 hours of test results, not the standard 24 hours.

For Dec. 31, the reported new cases may be lower since the figure will only represent 12 hours of data.

Of the 50 new cases, 34 are residents and 16 are non-residents, half of which are in the 50 to 64 age bracket. Among residents, 13 new cases are in the 25 to 49 age range, followed by nine in the 50-64 years old. Deaths remain at five.

In Dare, 147 cases were active positive as of Thursday afternoon. Some 11 residents are hospitalized as are two non-residents. Among residents, 136 are in home isolation. Two non-residents are isolating in Dare County.

The cumulative total of COVID-19 cases in Dare County stands at 1,610 on Dec. 30, 2020.

Hyde County

Hyde County active positive cases have rocketed upward. On Dec. 30, the county’s health department counted a cumulative total of 365 cases. Of those, 118 are active positive.

The media release from Dec. 30 reported “today’s numbers have risen significantly due to another outbreak in the Hyde Correctional Facility. This outbreak, coupled with the community spread peaks explain the high number of cases.”

Tyrrell County

On Dec. 30, Martin-Tyrrell-Washington Health District reported that Tyrrell County’s total cumulative case number is now 172. Some 160 people have recovered. On Dec. 30, nine people had active positive cases. Three individuals have died in the county due to coronavirus.

Camden, Currituck, Pasquotank counties

On Dec. 30, 2020, Albemarle Regional Health Services published the following case information:

Camden: 282 lab-confirmed cases, with 86 cases now active. Camden County has lost five people to the coronavirus.

Currituck: 637 total lab-confirmed cases. Some 264 cases are active. Currituck County has lost 11 people to coronavirus.

Pasquotank: 1,777 lab-confirmed cases. Active cases number 328. COVID-related deaths in the county number 43 people.

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