CARTERET COUNTY — Carteret County officials reported 55 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, though due to delayed reporting from the testing providers, the cases, most of the individuals in those cases are reportedly recovered.
In its Monday update, the County Health Department reported 16 active cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, up from 12 reported Friday.
The overall total of confirmed cases since the onset of the pandemic rose from 5,118 recorded Friday to 5,173 as of Monday. Reportedly recovered cases rose by 51.
County Health Director Nina Oliver told the News-Times due to the reporting delay, most of the individuals had already met their isolation period requirement when the health department received confirmation of the cases. Of the 55 new cases reported to the health department since Friday, she said 47 had already met their isolation requirements and were considered recovered.
“We have seen many instances during this pandemic where there is delayed reporting from testing providers and this has occurred. This can be from those within our county lines and providers in other counties as well,” Ms. Oliver said. “With an increase in providers doing rapid antigen testing, we are seeing this happen more frequently.”
After the News-Times inquired about the increase in recovered cases, officials included the information in a comment on the Carteret County Health Department Facebook page.
One individual is hospitalized at Carteret Heath Care in Morehead City for COVID-related treatment, according to Monday’s update.
Since last March, 57 county residents have died from COVID-19.
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Reporter's note: This article was updated at 12:24 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, 2021, to include more information about reporting delays from Carteret County Health Director Nina Oliver.