State and local COVID-19 update

Published 8:09 am Sunday, January 9, 2022

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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.

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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

School Districts:

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.