State and local COVID-19 update
On Feb. 5, 2021, North Carolina reported 5,547 new cases of coronavirus. Hospitalizations of people with COVID-19 numbered 2,523, down 131 cases. Across North Carolina, 2,041 ICUs are in use with 426 ICUs empty but staffed.
Deaths of North Carolinians from the virus number 9,841 people.
Across the region, those now eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine are people 65 years of age and older and healthcare workers.
Dare County – As of Feb. 5, 2021, Dare County’s death count is 11. On Feb. 3, the county reported three resident deaths and on Feb. 5, another death, raising the total to 11 from previously reported seven.
On Feb. 5, the total number of cumulative COVID-19 cases in Dare County is 2,631.
Active positive resident cases number 179, according to the county’s dashboard, with 174 in home isolation and five hospitalized.
In Dare County, those who are qualified to receive the vaccine can register online at darenc.com/Register4vaccine or call 252-475-5008. Those who register will be called to schedule an appointment.
As of Feb. 5, 6,767 first doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Dare County. Second doses numbering 958 have been administered, according to the state’s dashboard.
The Dare County Detention Center reported a total of 20 detainees with coronavirus. The total on the state’s dashboard is two.
Peak Resources in Nags Head is reporting 19 cases on its corporate website; the number was as high as 34. Spring Arbor in Kill Devil Hills shows one staff member and six residents have the coronavirus, according to the state’s dashboard.
Hyde County – In Hyde County, telephone numbers to use for registering for a vaccination and to make an appointment are 252-926-4467 on the mainland and 252-489-3622 on Ocracoke.
On Jan. 29, Hyde County has 609 total cumulative cases with 16 active positive cases. Deaths number seven persons.
In the Hyde County Correctional facility, one person has an active case of COVID-19.
Some 880 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and 149 second doses, according to the state’s vaccine page.
Tyrrell County – On Feb. 4, Martin-Tyrrell-Washington Health District reported that Tyrrell County’s total cumulative case number is now 276. Six individuals have died in the county due to coronavirus.
At the Tyrrell County Work Farm, 20 inmates and eight staff members have contracted the virus. On the state’s dashboard, the total number is now eight.
Tyrrell House, a residential care facility, has three total cases, reports the health district.
In Tyrrell County, 465 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine and 28 second doses have been administered as of Feb. 5, 2021.
To join the waiting list if you are a health care worker or aged 65 or above, go to mtwdistricthealth.org/covid-19-vaccine-registration.
Camden, Currituck, Pasquotank counties – On Fridays, Albemarle Regional Health Services publishes its vaccination schedule for the coming week. At press time, the information was not available. The website address is arhs-nc.org/information/COVID-19 for additional information about vaccination drive-through clinics for first and second doses.
The regional health service has posted the following case information as of Feb. 3:
Camden: 474 lab-confirmed cases, with 38 cases now active. Camden County has lost five people to the coronavirus. First dose vaccines administered number 1,526 and second doses 128, according to the state’s website.
Currituck: 1,130 total lab-confirmed cases. Some 101 cases are active. Currituck County has lost 13 people to coronavirus. Currituck County has administered 4,258 vaccine first doses and 714 second doses, as of Feb. 5 on the state’s dashboard.
At Currituck Health and Rehabilitation Center, a total of six cases are reported on the state’s website.
Currituck County is creating a pool of temporary, part-time employees to work at COVID vaccination clinics as needed.
Duties may include traffic control, handing out vaccination forms to participants, ensuring forms are completed, and providing data entry on a laptop computer. Applicants with previous healthcare experience may be trained and tasked with administering vaccination shots. Clinics will be held in Currituck County and may require outdoor work, so employees must dress appropriately for the weather.
Interested citizens may find an online application on the Currituck County website at co.currituck.nc.us/covid-temp-workers. For more information, contact Currituck County Emergency Management at 252-232-6012 or 252-232-6013.
Pasquotank: 2,742 lab-confirmed cases. Active cases number 170. COVID-related deaths in the county number 71 people. In Pasquotank, 7,399 vaccine first doses and 2,060 second doses have been administered. Citadel Elizabeth City reports 10 active cases, with two deaths on the state’s dashboard. Elizabeth City Health and Rehabilitation indicates a total of three active cases.
The cumulative total cases for the eight-county region stands at 10,280 cases. The active number of cases in the region is 609. Across the region, 226 people have died of coronavirus.
Top state education leaders joined Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. to call on K-12 school districts across the state to allow in-person instruction for all students
Dare County Board of Education will deliberate on in-person school on Tuesday, Feb. 9. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. and can be accessed at the website daretolearn.org.
Walgreens has been selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide a limited number of COVID-19 vaccinations across 15 states and jurisdictions including North Carolina as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
Vaccinations using Moderna vaccine will begin in stores Feb. 12 to eligible individuals. Across North Carolina, 313 Walgreens stores are participating and will administer 31,200 doses of vaccine. Go to Walgreens.com/covid-19 for additional information. On Thursday, the Walgreens corporate office said “specific store allocations and locations are not yet available at this time.”
The pharmacy program hopes to help people in medically underserved areas battle the virus.
“The Outer Banks Hospital is listed on the NC Department of Health and Human Services website as a place to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” says the hospital in Facebook posting. “We are listed on this site because we are receiving the vaccine to vaccinate our Team Members. We are NOT vaccinating community residents at this time. While our resources are devoted to testing and treating COVID-19 patients, the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services is doing a fantastic job administering the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit darenc.gov or call the Dare County COVID hotline at 252-475-5008 for more information about getting COVID-19 vaccine locally.”
Contributed by Dee Furlough, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent with Dare and Tyrrell counties. New Year’s always seems to... read more