COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations on the rise in Carteret County again as omicron spreads

This graphic shows the percent positivity rate over time in Carteret County, which represents the proportion of positive COVID-19 tests over all tests taken. (North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services graph)

CARTERET COUNTY — Falling in line with state and nationwide trends, Carteret County is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as the omicron variant of the coronavirus causes another wave of infections.

The Carteret County Health Department reported 207 active COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, up from 148 active cases reported a week prior. County offices were closed in observation of the Christmas holiday, so Wednesday’s COVID-19 update was the first one released since Dec. 22. Offices will be closed Friday, as well, for New Year’s. 

Since last Wednesday, health officials have confirmed 170 new cases of COVID-19 in Carteret County, bringing the overall total to 9,261 since March 2020. To date, 8,956 cases have reportedly recovered from the disease and 98 residents have died.

COVID-related hospitalizations at Carteret Health Care more than doubled from a week ago to sit at 11 as of Wednesday afternoon. Of those hospitalized, seven patients are not fully vaccinated and four patients are vaccinated.

The county’s percent positivity rate was 7.4%, up from 4.8% a week ago but lower than the state’s 17.3% positivity rate.

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Always A Teacher

No great surprise. Few are wearing masks, few are social-distancing, and a lot are gathering together in large groups. It doesn't take a genius to figure out why.


You think the figures now are bad. Wait for the period after the Christmas & New Year holidays get together for them to rocket. upwards and beyond. Again would love to know the numbers of non vaccinated against vaccinated that are testing positive.


Omicron is here. I wonder where the Delta variant went?


Its still out there its just that Omicron is new "new guy in town" and might not be as deadly Delta but it seems to be with a higher rate of transfer infection. That's why the next 2-3 weeks will be important because of all family and work get together's over Christmas and the New Year.

David Collins

The Delta is old news . Old news does not sell ! Needed , a new horror to stir the nervous nellies up . Bingo , right in time for the holidays , out of Africa comes Omicron . Perfect timing . It ain’t over till it’s over and takes one’s eyes and mind off of the ball .


Another conspiracy theorist. My brother in law almost died of covid last week. He is now on oxygen. Am I a nervous nellie to be worried about him?

tom collins

that sure was easy wernt idtt 😂


Not as deadly, way more contagious. in dealing with large numbers 350 million americans for instance that can add up to a lot of deaths. It is better to err on the side of caution, the official death count is something north of 800k in this country, How many more have to go with the latest variant? esp since say 15%

( census bureau dec 21 ) of the country * 50 million* just are not vaccinated at all,


and most of them were booing when the former president told them that he had been vaccinated and had the booster. Seems like the minions are no longer following their leader.


My Let's Go Brandon Face Mask will stop all variants. Bring 'em on.

David Collins

I see where bungles Brandon has cut and run from his claims of taming the Covid . Typical !


Perhaps he should offer to provide the bleach or ultra violet rays that his predecessor did.

Vintage Chief

While Omicron is much more contagious/transmissible, it (apparently) has a more difficult time proliferating/replicating in host (human) ACE 2 cells; albeit, reduction in severe illness. Recall, a rapid and extraordinary high level of cytokine activity causes respiratory distress in severe cases - which is not the case with Omicron (thankfully).

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