State and local COVID-19 update
Published 8:09 am Sunday, January 9, 2022
North Carolina COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise.
Since Jan. 5, when the state set a new record for daily cases above 2,000, cases have continued record-setting numbers.
Across the state, new cases totaled 28,474 on Jan.7, an increase of 3,718 cases from the day before.
Hospitalizations increased by 176 more patients to total 3,474 patients.
The Outer Banks Hospital is caring for COVID-19 patients. About half the hospital capacity is filled with coronavirus patients.
On a week-to-week basis, hospital administrators are postponing elective procedures that require an overnight stay. This week, a couple of procedures were delayed. The administrative move frees a bed for a COVID patient or someone with a medical emergency.
Amy Montgomery, senior administrator of operations, explained that “in-patient bed capacity in the region is extremely tight.”
Hospital services continue, said Montgomery. In the 24 hours from Thursday, six babies were birthed at the hospital.
Mid-afternoon Friday, Jan. 7, North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services published a media release announcing a new Test-to-Stay option to keep students in school.
Under the Test-to-Stay option, a person exposed to COVID-19 should:
- Get tested the day they are notified of an exposure.
- Get tested again five days after the exposure (or as close to five days as possible).
- Wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.
- Except for attending school, stay home and avoid others.
In Dare County, more cases continue to be counted.
In four days, from Jan. 3 through Jan. 6, Dare County counted 600 new cases. Cumulative deaths remain at 26. Hospitalizations are 13. In Dare County, 74% of population has received one shot; 71% of population is fully vaccinated.
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Vaccination numbers come from the state’s COVID-19 Dashboard, unless noted otherwise.
Hyde County as of Jan. 7, 2022
Active cases: 47 residents. On Dec. 22, the count was eight.
Deaths: 14 residents. One more person has died.
Vaccinated: 74% one dose; 71% fully, a significant increase.
Tyrrell County as of Jan. 6, 2022
Active Cases: nine residents
Deaths: seven residents, remains same
Vaccinated: 50% one dose; 48% fully, from Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health.
Tyrrell House has a total of three active staff cases and 13 resident cases.
Currituck as of Jan. 7, 2022
Active cases: 70 residents
Deaths: 30 residents, an increase of three
Vaccinated: 45% one dose; 40% fully
Currituck House: 13 residents
Camden as of Jan. 7, 2022
Active Cases: 36 residents
Deaths: nine residents, remains same.
Vaccinated: 50% one dose, 49% fully
Pasquotank as of Jan. 7, 2022
Active Cases: 181 residents
Deaths: 117 residents, an increase of one death.
Vaccinated: 56% one dose; 50% fully.
Albemarle District Jail: two staff, nine residents
Citadel: two staff
Elizabeth City Health and Rehab: 23 staff, 40 residents, five deaths
Waterbrooke: six staff, two residents
Dare County Schools COVID-19 update, Jan. 4, 2022
Student total: 14 active cases; 24 quarantined
Cape Hatteras Elementary: two active cases; one quarantined
Cape Hatteras Secondary: two active cases; three quarantined
First Flight Elementary: no active cases; one quarantined
First Flight Middle: one active cases; two quarantined
First Flight High: no active cases; one quarantined
Kitty Hawk Elementary: one active case; five quarantined
Manteo Elementary: one active cases; four quarantined
Manteo Middle: three active cases; one quarantined
Manteo High School: one active case; one quarantined
Nags Head Elementary: three active cases; five quarantined
Staff: three active cases; three quarantined
Hyde County Schools: Jan. 4, 2022: Hyde reported one staff member and two students with active cases at Ocracoke; one staff member at Mattamuskeet Campus; one student at Mattamuskeet Elementary and three students with active cases at Mattamuskeet Early College; and one staff member last in school Dec. 17, 2021.
On Jan. 5, Hyde reported one staff member at Mattamuskeet Elementary.
Tyrrell County Schools: One active case for students and none for staff; six students quarantined on Jan. 4, 2022.
Currituck County Schools: No 2022 information available.