Carteret adds 349 new COVID cases to count since Wednesday

This graphic shows the percent positivity rate in Carteret County over time. The rate was 15.4% as of Friday, compared to a statewide rate of 31.2% (NCDHHS graph)

CARTERET COUNTY — Local health officials are encouraging people to get vaccinated and tested for COVID-19 as a winter surge of the virus is driving up numbers of new cases and hospitalizations.

On Friday, the Carteret County Health Department reported 349 new cases confirmed since Wednesday, bringing the total number of positive cases since spring 2020 to 9,920. Active cases as of Friday afternoon stood at 365, a sharp increase from the 136 active cases reported Wednesday.

To date, 102 residents have died from complications associated with COVID-19, including four reported this week.

COVID hospitalizations at Carteret Health Care are up, as well. There were 15 hospitalizations at the Morehead City facility as of Friday afternoon, compared to nine on Wednesday. Ten of the patients reportedly are vaccinated.

“Carteret County and our whole region are now at high levels of COVID-19 transmission. This rapid rise in cases is the start of the expected winter surge,” the health department wrote in a Facebook post Thursday. “The Health Department is encouraging everyone over 5 years old to get vaccinated or their booster shot when eligible, wear a mask in public while indoors and get tested if at risk, so that we can all stay safe this winter.”

Due to increased demand for testing, the health department has expanded its free COVID-19 testing initiative to five days per week, according to public information officer Nick Wilson. Appointments are required. Call 252-728-8550, option 3.

Carteret County Health Director Nina Oliver said testing demand started to increase about two weeks ago, in the leadup to Christmas. Before the surge in demand, the drive-through testing site was seeing 10 to 15 people a day; this week it has averaged 40 to 50 people per day.

To keep emergency rooms open, health officials ask people to not visit the hospital for a COVID-19 test unless experiencing severe symptoms requiring urgent medical attention. A list of alternate testing locations in Carteret County can be found at

The health department also offers the COVID-19 vaccine, free of charge, to anyone 5 years and up. To make an appointment for the vaccine, call 252-728-8550, option 2.

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I hope that this is not the shape of things to come. A 350% increase in Covide 19 positive cases from Wednesday to Friday. What is it about getting vaccinated that the unvaccinated do not get or hear.


You do know the so-called vaccine doesn't do much(if anything) to prevent one from catching or spreading it? We really just need to move on with life as normal at this point.


The 2-shot vaccines and boosters seems to be very effective at keeping people out of the hospital and on the living side (outside) of a casket,

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Vaccinated or not we are all getting COVID ! I have at least 5 friends that are fully vaccinated and boosted and still got the virus . Fully vaccinated is not stopping the spread !!

David Collins

Anyone can get it , jabbed or not . Read !


Since half the people getting the omicron are fully vaxxed, it doesn’t seem to make much difference.

We will all get this omicron virus before it is over. The bigger question is why are we being denied monoclonal therapies that will stop this virus?


Monoclonal antibodies will not “stop” this virus, people are still able to pass it on when ill. I do know that monoclonal antibodies are being reserved for the sickest of patients. The sickest patients, for the most part, are those who are unvaccinated…the average age of breakthrough Covid death is 82, a full 2 1/2 years longer than the average life expectancy of an American….


LORD, give us patience. vaccines prime the body to fight infection. No one said if you get vaccinated you can't get infected. The disease is less severe if you have been vaccinated. LESS SEVERE, LESS SEVERE,LESS SEVERE Organisms mutate/ change and grow. Antibiotic resistance is a prime example. In every article from the health dept the bottom paragraph is a recommendation and details on how to get a shot.

Doc Epoch

"Our data from the CDC today suggests that vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don't get sick, and that it's not just in the clinical trials, but it's also in real-world data." -CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, March 30th, 2021

“It's an assurance to those who are vaccinated that they can feel safe, be they outdoors or indoors. If you are vaccinated, you can feel safe — that you will not get infected” -Anthony Fauci NIH, May 19, 2021

At some point you’ll have to accept your decisions instead of shifting the goal posts to “less severe cases” for a virus with a 99.8% survival rate.

“It’s easier to fool someone than to convince them they’ve been fooled”. Mark Twain


99.8 survival rate, I note you did not provide a yr old citation for that statistic.

Let's assume that number is accurate

7 billion folks on earth. .02 is how many dead? Oh right, masks and shots are a violation of YOUR rights. That is what is important YOUR needs and wants.

Easter is coming let's get a basket for the kids and a casket for grandma!


You're talking about the original variant, not Delta or Omicron, which arrived after these dates. Plus, the survival rate is definitely not 99.8 for the unvaccinated. Vaccinated are tilting the scales to increased survival percentages but unvaccinated are dying like flies.


This continual denial of how effective the vaccine is beyond belief. Folks our 350 percent increase is due to that this county has a low rate of very low. Judging from the comments it’s obvious that constant denial of reality is causing harm. Low rate equals high occurrence of infection. Defending failure to get a harmless shot due to political views just does not make sense. Look at it this way, unvaccinated people have certainly infected some relatives and friends. Many suffered illness and some are dead.


"No one said..."? Really?

David Collins

Just a thought . Ever wondered why so many folks in the healthcare business are opting out of getting jabbed ? Is it remotely possible they might just know a thing or two ?

For the record , I and my family are fully jabbed and boosted . Yes , a few have still contracted the virus even though “protected” . No one has died .

You figure it out !


Probably more likely that they're like the rest of the unvaccinated  and fell prey to misinformation, disinformation, and memes. Most health care organizations are reporting vaccination rates above 95% now.

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Suspect though it's not what we've come to understand about vaccines it does provide some degree of protection against death for most especially elderly. So, President Trump's Warp Speed jab has saved lives. It probably has also killed some. A niece experienced serious side effects shortly after the 2nd one. She was hesitant to take it because of her death-threatening allergies but ultimately took them. Now, months later she is experiencing neuropathy in lower legs and feet. Nobody really knows if there's a connection. When 83 year-old brother took booster he was told it's the same as original jab. Wife got booster weeks ago. Doc visit yesterday and was told no need for booster if you've had first 2. Sister-in-law's sister in late 60s died recently and was unjabbed so obviously she may be alive had she took them. Whatever the side effects may show now or in future elderly would be wise to take them. However, if I was the parent of a young child it would be difficult with all the unknowns. What's mindboggling is not allowing "treatments" from the very beginning. Surely, lives have been lost and it probably is many.

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