Carteret County COVID-19 Cases Climb Rapidly as Positive Test Rate Surpasses the State's

Aug 18, 2021

The positive COVID-19 test rate continues to rise in Carteret County. PRE's Meredith Radford reports that the number of hospitalizations also continues to increase due to the Delta variant. 

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The Carteret County health director, Nina Oliver, said in an email that the percent positive COVID-19 test rate for last week was over 14%, surpassing the state’s percent positive rate of just over 13%.  On Monday, the health department reported 261 active cases of COVID-19 in Carteret County.  Three days later, that number had increased by more than one hundred cases. Currently, 22 people are hospitalized at Carteret Health Care for COVID-19. Newport has the largest number of active cases, at 111, followed by Morehead City with 81 and Beaufort with 58. 60 people have died due to COVID-19 in Carteret County since the pandemic began. For Public Radio East, I’m Meredith Radford.