DCDHHS COVID-19 Replace #134 | Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | Information Checklist – darenc.com

Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, COVID-19 Update
DCDHHS COVID-19 Replace #134
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
1:00 p.m.

Dare County COVID-19 Case Replace
The variety of new COVID-19 laboratory confirmed circumstances reported to Dare County DHHS and the p.c of optimistic exams to whole exams each elevated considerably this previous week. State and regional epidemiological reviews point out that the Omicron variant accounts for roughly 96% of the sequenced samples from our state and our area.
The full variety of new optimistic circumstances reported in Dare County for the previous week was 978. As a result of extreme variety of optimistic circumstances being reported in Dare County, contact tracing is not attainable on all resident circumstances. All optimistic resident circumstances obtain a cellphone name and textual content message from Dare County Division of Well being & Human Companies’ Public Well being Division offering isolation and quarantine steerage and asking people to please notify their direct contacts of the publicity. Contact tracing and assist cellphone calls are being supplied to the aged, these with youngsters, and amenities the place there are outbreaks or clusters (i.e. church buildings, little one care facilities, companies, and so on.). In gentle of this, quite a few knowledge metrics are not capable of be precisely reported (i.e. symptomatic/asymptomatic, vaccination standing, direct contact).
At the moment, primarily based on the reported optimistic circumstances, there are 391 energetic COVID-19 circumstances amongst residents of Dare County. There are 11 residents hospitalized because of issues from COVID-19. A resident case is taken into account energetic if they’re of their 5 day isolation interval or report being symptomatic past 5 days.
The reported optimistic circumstances solely embody laboratory confirmed circumstances reported by medical suppliers, pressing care facilities, the hospital, or the state, which incorporates exams carried out at space pharmacies. Self-reported, over-the-counter, residence exams will not be counted within the reported depend totals, nevertheless contact tracing is carried out for the optimistic self reported circumstances.
Dare County stays within the purple class on the CDC’s Degree of Neighborhood Transmission map, which signifies a excessive degree of group transmission of the virus. All 100 counties in NC are within the purple class.  Whereas Dare County stays an space of widespread group transmission, all people, no matter vaccination standing, ages 5 and over ought to put on a masks when indoors in public settings. All people ought to take into account sporting a masks when exterior if gathering in giant crowds. People ages 5 and over ought to get vaccinated for COVID-19 to assist forestall critical sickness, hospitalizations and loss of life.
Drive-Through Testing Accessible Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Dare County Division of Well being & Human Companies, The Outer Banks Hospital and Medical Group and Mako Medical are partnering to supply a Drive-Through COVID-19 testing website accessible for anybody in want of COVID-19 testing. Drive-thru testing will probably be accessible Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 2:30 pm on the Dare County Household Recreation Park positioned at 602 Mustian Road in Kill Satan Hills, NC. Sufferers is not going to be charged for the check. Insurance coverage info will probably be collected for these with insurance coverage.
For quickest service on the Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing website, pre-registration is strongly inspired. People could pre-register on-line at https://bit.ly/nc-kdh-18931. Outcomes will probably be accessible by the Mako Medical on-line portal inside 48 hours from the check date.
COVID Vaccinations in Dare
All people 5 years of age and over are inspired to get the COVID-19 vaccination. COVID-19 vaccinations are available at quite a few areas all through the county together with the well being division and plenty of space pharmacies like: Walgreens, CVS, Sunshine Household Pharmacy, Island Pharmacy, Bear Medicine, and Seashore Pharmacy. 
People ages 5 and over ought to get vaccinated no matter whether or not you already had COVID-19. That’s as a result of specialists don’t but understand how lengthy you might be protected against getting sick once more after recovering from COVID-19. Even in case you have already recovered from COVID-19, it’s attainable that you could possibly be contaminated with the virus that causes COVID-19 once more. Research have proven that vaccination supplies a powerful increase in safety in individuals who have recovered from COVID-19. For those who have been handled for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you must wait 90 days earlier than getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Speak to your physician if you’re uncertain what remedies you acquired or in case you have extra questions on getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Since late December 2020, a complete of 27,488 (74%) Dare County residents have acquired an preliminary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 26,218 (71%) people have been vaccinated with a two dose mRNA sequence or one dose or J&J, a complete of 12,892 (34%) have acquired booster doses.
COVID-19 Booster Dose Info
The Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved and the Facilities for Illness Management (CDC) has really useful booster vaccine photographs for all people ages 12 and older to assist strengthen and lengthen protections in opposition to COVID-19.
For those who acquired the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, you may get your booster dose 5 months after your second shot. For those who acquired the J&J vaccine you may get your booster two months after your shot. 
Dare County Division of Well being & Human Companies gives Moderna booster vaccines. Beneath you will see a breakdown of the place Dare County residents can obtain first, second and booster doses.
First, Second or Booster Dose of Moderna
You could name your space pharmacy or name our Medical Companies crew at 252.475.5003 (choose choice #2, go away a message for those who attain voicemail). 
First Dose or Booster Dose of J&J 
Name your space pharmacy.
First, Second or Booster Dose of Pfizer
Name your space pharmacy.
For extra info or questions on COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses, please go to www.darenc.com.COVID/vaccine 
Flu Vaccine and COVID-19
People ages 6 months and older are inspired to get vaccinated for influenza. You could contact our division, your pharmacy, or space healthcare supplier to get your vaccine. Our division is at the moment providing flu vaccines for free of charge to you. Please make an appointment by calling 252.475.5003, deciding on choice #2, and leaving a voicemail in case your name is just not answered. Vaccination is one of the best ways to scale back the unfold of influenza and might decrease the danger of extreme sickness leading to hospitalizations and deaths. Flu and COVID-19 vaccines will be administered on the similar go to. Whereas it’s unknown what the vaccine effectiveness of this 12 months’s influenza vaccine will probably be, the A(H3N2) part was just lately up to date and is genetically much like A(H3N2) viruses at the moment circulating. 
Key Metrics
Every week we overview the 4 key metrics related to illness investigation and surveillance. The metrics are:
Variety of Exams
Confirmed Circumstances
Constructive Exams as a % of Complete Exams
COVID Like Sickness Surveillance
This previous week there have been 2,057 COVID-19 diagnostic exams reported in Dare County. This brings the whole variety of exams reported since early March of final 12 months to 68,712.  There have been 978 optimistic circumstances between January 10 and January 16. The proportion of optimistic exams to general exams in Dare County since we began testing in March 2020 has been rising over the previous twenty-one weeks. This previous week was 13.55%. The proportion of optimistic exams to whole exams for the previous week elevated from the earlier week to 47.54%. Syndromic surveillance of people presenting with COVID like signs to the emergency division and pressing care have elevated. These graphs will be discovered on the Dare County web site at www.darenc.com/covid19
Communications and Info Sharing
Dare County DHHS has a longtime schedule of communication to share info concerning COVID-19. Each Tuesday, a written replace which incorporates the earlier week’s COVID-19 key metrics is issued. Extra updates will probably be launched as wanted. All launched movies and written updates will be discovered on our web site, DHHS fb web page, Dare County Twitter web page, and Dare Emergency Administration Twitter web page. If you need to obtain these updates on to your e-mail, please signal as much as obtain our enotifications.
New optimistic circumstances this week will probably be up to date on the dashboard and on our web site and shared on the DHHS fb web page Monday- Friday. To seek out essentially the most up-to-date info on COVID-19 circumstances in Dare County go to www.darenc.com/covid19. State COVID-19 knowledge is on the market at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard.
Contact Us
We encourage you to remain knowledgeable by visiting www.darenc.com/covid19 or by visiting the CDC or NC DHHS web sites. You probably have particular wants or questions you may additionally name the Dare County COVID-19 name middle open Monday-Friday from 8:30 to five:00 at 252-475-5008.

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P.O. Field 1000
Manteo, NC 27954
252.475.5000
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