Count continues to rise as Carteret reports additional 66 COVID-19 cases

This map of Carteret County shows active known case of COVID-19, broken out by zip code, as of Wednesday. The largest single concentration, 111, is in the Newport zip code. (Carteret County map)

CARTERET COUNTY — Health officials in Carteret County reported 66 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nearly 370 known active cases in the county Wednesday.

The news comes the same day state officials said all of North Carolina’s 100 counties are now considered high transmission zones by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

“We are experiencing the fastest acceleration in cases since the pandemic started,” Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, said during Wednesday’s emergency update.

That acceleration is due to the spread of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus.

In high-transmission areas, such as North Carolina, health officials recommend individuals wear masks in public spaces regardless of vaccination status.  

Amid the surge, the Carteret County Health Department has returned to daily local COVID updates, with 66 new cases confirmed since Tuesday for a total of 6,080 since March 2020. Wednesday’s update indicated there are 368 known active cases in the county.

COVID-related hospitalizations at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City fell by one from an all-time high of 23 Tuesday to 22 as of Wednesday.

To date, the health department reports 5,652 recovered cases of COVID-19 in Carteret County and 60 deaths, the latest reported Aug. 11.

With more than 10 million vaccine doses administered across the state as of Wednesday, according to Dr. Cohen, the free COVID-19 shot is available to all individuals ages 12 and older.

To schedule an appointment with the health department, call 252-728-8550, option 2, or go online to

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Kaboom! Carteret County is breaking historic records in COVID cases. Just when we thought this may be ending. That is what our county government is telling us in this article. In every single one of these articles our county officials tell us the numbers and urge people to go get the vaccine.

So, the usual suspects are still not getting on the science train. The same couple groups of sheeple just can’t take that tiny, small, teenie step and help stop this. These cult members are ruining it for the rest of us. People that think rationally are having to mask up our schools again. Yep the sheeple are making us go backwards.

They fear the stigma of failing their leaders. Give it up cult sheeple, do the right thing. Be good Americans.

David Collins

Just because someone CHOSES not to vaccinate does not mean they belong to some type of CULT . Get off that horse for you are running it into the dirt . You know , the anti-Vaxers might feel that you and I belong to a CULT as well . Bring your anxiety under control and make the best of things . I did .


You say this as if your decision not to get vaccinated only affects you. It doesn't, in the much, much greater chance that you'll become infected, you'll spread it to others. You're helping keep this pandemic raging, giving the virus more replication and more chances to evolve into worst strains.

If you feel like you're being judged by society and shunned by society, it's because you are. And you deserve it. You're hurting humanity with your selfish actions.

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