CARTERET COUNTY — As the highly infectious Delta variant spreads, active cases of COVID-19 increased in Carteret County by 12 since Monday, while local hospitalizations have reached seven.

In its Wednesday update, the Carteret County Health Department reported 61 active COVID-19 cases, compared to 49 reported Monday. That is more than double the active cases reported just two weeks ago, on July 14, when Carteret had 26 known active cases.

Hospitalizations for COVID-related treatment at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City have also crept up in recent weeks, with seven reported Wednesday.

Since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, 59 county residents have died as a direct result of the virus. The last death was reported July 7.

Recovered cases increased by four since Monday to 5,256, with total confirmed cases in the area standing at 5,376.

The COVID-19 vaccine is free and available to all people in Carteret County age 12 and older. To make an appointment with the health department, call 252-728-8550, option 2, or go online to to search for other provider options.


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So the health department reports that cases of COVID have doubled in two weeks. Yesterday I saw a report indicating that people that are well can be transmitting the disease. With that in mind, I just can not imagine that the declared reasons for failure to get the vaccine prevails. ( The government can’t tell me what to do, the FDA has not approved it yet, yada yada yada).

Yes, declared reason. While the real reason is a political, not rational. So, those people that will not make decision to really think this thing out will continue to get sick, some may die. Also they will perpetuate this disease.

Please kids, just get the shot. It is not a big deal. Quit making it a big deal. Y’all can help end it. Maybe you can be a part of saving the lives of family and friends that have conditions that can can suffer and die. And consider the real reason you are refusing to do the right thing. You know in your heart, you are making a political decision.


Get vaccinated, but also continue to live in fear and wear masks indoors. Yep, no wonder why some folks are hesitant.

Aren’t Fauci and Biden saying the vaccine doesn’t work?


As per Biden, folks, time to mask up again, while I let more covid infected illegal aliens into our country. As you know, Biden reiterated: Facebook is still killing people.


I have 2 family members that work at Novant Health Hospital in Winston-Salem. They have been told to get vaccinated or face disciplinary action. The only way not to receive the vaccine is for religious reasons.

My hats off to CHC!

Welcome to the discussion.

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