COVID-19 update shows increased cases in Dare

Published 7:57 am Monday, July 19, 2021

On Tuesday, Dare County reported 40 new positive COVID-19 cases over the prior week.

Of these 40 new cases, 36 (90%) were acquired the virus by direct contact with unvaccinated individuals who were positive for COVID-19.

Eight breakthrough cases were reported this past week (five had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine; two had Moderna, and one had Pfizer). A total of 19 breakthrough COVID-19 cases have been reported in Dare County.

On Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 29 active COVID-19 cases were reported among residents of Dare County.

“Epidemiological data indicates the state is at the beginning of another surge of COVID-19 infections. The Delta variant is a significantly more contagious variant and an increase in infections is inevitable. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19,” stated the county’s bulletin.

DCDHHS is encouraging individuals 12 years of age and over to get the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccinations are readily available at numerous locations throughout the county, including the health department and many area pharmacies like Walgreens, CVS, Sunshine Family Pharmacy, Island Pharmacy, Bear Drugs and Beach Pharmacy.

Since late December 2020, a total of 23,136 (63%) of eligible Dare County residents have received an initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 22,143 (60%) are fully vaccinated.

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