COVID-19 update for Outer Banks and surrounding areas

Published 10:50 am Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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New cases of COVID-19 continue to grow, though some downward trends at the state level are noted.

On Jan. 19, North Carolina reported 4,058 new cases of coronavirus across the state. Since Jan. 14, the new case numbers have dropped by more than half, from 9,853 new cases.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 numbered 3,881, a slight downward trend over the last days. Across North Carolina, 2,064 ICUs are in use with 395 ICUs empty but staffed.

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Deaths of North Carolinians from the virus number 8,139 persons.

Dare County – As of Tuesday, Jan. 19, the total number of cumulative COVID-19 positive cases in Dare County is 2,300, including 31 additional cases reported on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Active positive cases number 201, according to the county’s dashboard.

Dare County’s death count is seven persons.

A dozen people are hospitalized.

The Tuesday report from Dare County Health and Human Services reported, “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.”

In Dare County, those now eligible to receive the vaccine are people 65 years of age and older and healthcare workers. Those who are qualified to receive the vaccine can register online at or call 252-475-5008. Those who register will be called to schedule an appointment.

Hyde County – Hyde County has published new phone numbers to use for registering for a vaccination and to make an appointment. On the mainland, call the county health department at 252-926-4467. On Ocracoke, call 252-489-3622.

The most recent figures from Jan. 15 show a cumulative total of 581 cases. Of those, 144 are active positive. Deaths from coronavirus in Hyde County are now seven persons. Active cases at the Hyde County Correctional Institute continue to rise in number.

The Hyde County Health Department will issue case number updates on Friday only. Health director Luana Gibbs reports that a nurse and two administrative employees will start Wednesday to help Hyde County Health Department during the pandemic.

Tyrrell County – On Jan. 14, Martin-Tyrrell-Washington Health District reported that Tyrrell County’s total cumulative case number is now 216. Some 181 people have recovered. On Jan. 14, 31 people had active positive cases. Four individuals have died in the county due to coronavirus.

Camden, Currituck, Pasquotank counties – Albemarle Regional Health Services has developed an online registration form for individuals to register for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. The focus for vaccinations during the week of Jan. 19 through Jan. 22 is on individuals who are health care workers and those 65 years of age and older.

For those who have not registered, go to or call 252-338-WELL (252-338-9355) or get in touch with local health departments. Once registered, individuals will be contacted to schedule an appointment.

On Jan. 17, 2021, Albemarle Regional Health Services published the following case information:

Camden: 414 lab-confirmed cases, with 127 cases now active. Camden County has lost five people to the coronavirus.

Currituck: 932 total lab-confirmed cases. Some 229 cases are active. Currituck County has lost 11 people to coronavirus.

Pasquotank: 2,378 lab-confirmed cases. Active cases number 473. COVID-related deaths in the county number 59 people.

The cumulative total cases for the eight-county region stands at 8,729 cases. The active number of cases in the region is 1,470. Across the region, 200 people have died of coronavirus.