Carteret County reports 3 COVID deaths Wednesday, topping 100 fatalities since pandemic began

This map of Carteret County shows active COVID-19 cases, organized by zip code, as of Wednesday afternoon. (Carteret County map)

CARTERET COUNTY — The Carteret County Health Department reported three more COVID-related deaths Wednesday, surpassing 100 total fatalities since the pandemic began in 2020.

The county also reported a COVID death Monday after the long holiday weekend. With Wednesday’s announcement, the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in Carteret County is 102 since March 2020.

In a news release, health officials said the newest deaths were reported as a resident in their 90s who was hospitalized, a resident in their 80s who died at home and a resident in their 60s who was hospitalized. All of the deaths reportedly had underlying health conditions.

“We are saddened to report more COVID-19 deaths of Carteret County residents,” Health Director Nina Oliver said in the Wednesday afternoon release. “We send our condolences to their loved ones.”

Since Monday, health officials confirmed 150 new positive COVID-19 cases in Carteret County, bringing the total to 9,571 cases. Despite the relatively large increase, active cases came down, to stand at 136 as of Wednesday afternoon.

COVID hospitalizations at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City also decreased from Monday. There were nine patients hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19 symptoms as of Wednesday afternoon, down from 14 Monday. Of those hospitalized, seven are fully vaccinated and two are not vaccinated.

The county’s percent positivity rate is increasing again, as well, to stand at 12.6% Wednesday. That’s compared to a statewide rate of 31.8% positivity, a new pandemic record.  

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Im not anti vax but do highly question how effective they are especially when there are more vaccinated people hospitalized than unvaccinated. [thumbdown]

Doc Epoch

If it wasn’t for the unvaccinated, we wouldn’t know that the majority of the Omicron cases are with the vaccinated. Thank you Science™️.


If you had been paying attention, you wouldknow this is the first timethis has happened. Previously, about 85 % of those hospitalized werenot fully vaccinated. The decrease in not fully vaccinated is in part due to deaths. The sample size is also too small to draw any meaningful conclusions. This may also be showing that any immunity, natural or vaxed, does not last long.


That is atypical, the hospital has consistently had more unvaccinated patients than vaccinated.


The vaccine is doing remarkably well in reducing the severity, rate of hospitalization and deaths. Consider that if every person were vaccinated, then every person hospitalized would be vaccinated. The effectiveness of the vaccine is keeping many out of the hospital. Think of the vaccine like a motorcycle helmet, it doesn’t prevent accidents but clearly lowers hospitalization and death. Please get vaccinated….


. What study are you reading so as to say that "more vaccinated people hospitalized that unvaccinated". Well studies and science has shown that people who have been fully vaccinated are less likely to be hospitalized and have a tube stuck down there throat than people who have not been vaccinated


Can you let us know who your source of info is? It sounds like a "trust me bro"


This study has a pretty large sample size, but is still being peer reviewed.

Shows vaccinated folks have less severe cases, catch it less than unvaccinated. Still, while you're much more protected from omicron when vaccinated, that protection isn't as strong as against other variants.


Did you see the report on Friday. 349 new cases of Covid 19. as of today. This is up from 136 cases on Wednesday. When oh when are people going to look at the science instead of the pundits on so called free speech radio or tv. Also they report that as of Friday 15 people are hospitalized with 10 of them being unvaccinated.

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