COVID hospitalizations reach pandemic high of 23 at CHC Monday

This map of Carteret County shows current active cases of COVID-19 organized by zip code as of Monday. (Carteret County map)

CARTERET COUNTY — COVID-related hospitalizations at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City have reached their highest number since the start of the pandemic, with 23 patients reportedly at the facility for treatment as of Monday afternoon.

The number surpasses the previous record high of 20 hospitalizations originally set in January and reached again earlier this month. The hospital, at 3500 Arendell St. in Morehead City, announced it is further tightening visitation restrictions beginning Wednesday, with inpatients and others restricted to one healthy, adult visitor for the duration of their stay.

Meanwhile, health officials reported 88 new COVID-19 cases in Carteret County Monday, bringing the overall total to 5,907 cases confirmed since March 2020. The number of active cases dropped slightly from Friday, from 264 reported then to 261 active cases Monday. Recovered cases increased to 5,494 as of Monday and deaths remain at 60.

Nick Wilson, public information officer for the county, said the health department is attempting to track breakthrough cases –– those that occur in individuals who are fully vaccinated –– but the task has proven difficult.

“We have a great working relationship with the hospital and they are helping us capture this data; however, fully vaccinated individuals that test positive for COVID-19 and don’t go to the hospital or see their physician are not being captured,” Mr. Wilson said. “Also, providers who report positive lab results to our staff may or may not report vaccination status – it is not required by state. Health officials have contacted our state consultant to see if she and/or the state can assist with capturing this data.”

The health department continues to offer the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge to anyone 12 years of age or older who hasn’t yet received it. To make an appointment, contact 252-728-8550, option 2, or find other providers at

Reporter's note: This article was updated at 5:26 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, to correct a typo. 

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So-we have a preventative but yet we have the highest amount hospitalized now? What??


Just waiting now for the hospital to announce that they are setting up an over spill facility in the old National Guard building.


What interesting times we live in. On one hand we have 500k+ ppl gathered in Sturgis SD, soon to disburse and return from whence they came.

On the other we, have TX cities calling for refrigerated trucks, TN. has mobilized the National Guard to help man the hospitals

Locally the hospital has tied the record for hospitalizations due to covid.

Meanwhile folks continue to post misinformation on this form about vaccinations, The CDC NIH and any other nonsense they feel compelled to share.

What We Know

• COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19, including severe illness and death.

• COVID-19 vaccines are effective against severe disease and death from variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 currently circulating in the United States, including the Delta variant.

• Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. When these infections occur among vaccinated people, they tend to be mild.

• If you are fully vaccinated and become infected with the Delta variant, you can spread the virus to others.

• People with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications, may not be protected even if fully vaccinated.


Well said but as they say you are preaching to the choir. The variant strains are now causing the CDC to propose that a booster shot be given after 8 months. In the meantime the few are causing problems for the many.


Sadly our friends and neighbors are responsible for this new explosion in illness, hospitalize, and deaths. Many of us took a simple step forward by accepting the need get shot. I actually had fun doing it. But many of our friends and neighbors decided to follow the lead of a completely irrational president. They abandoned the American flag and decided to fly the flag of a maniac. Did Americans ever replace the flag of our nation by the flag of a man before. Well, no.

Under his term as leader of this nation America lead the world in sickness and deaths. Yes, America is top of the list of countries in death from a disease. Number one. We beat Brazil, Mexico. China, Japan, everywhere!

We won this prize because denial of the truth. How embarrassing is that.

Some our friends and neighbors decided to believe the truth. They decided to support him. They flew his flag on their homes, cars, and boats. No person in our history has had millions of flags flown for him. That fact defines what is to be a part of a cult. I am proud to say I never flew a flag with a persons name on it.

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