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Coronavirus outbreaks reported at Dare County congregate living facilities

Peak Resources in Nags Head has an COVID-19 outbreak.

As of Jan. 21, some 18 cases have been reported to the Dare County Health Division, with 15 cases among residents and three among staff members. Eleven of the positive cases are asymptomatic.

Dare Health is in daily communication with the leaders at the facility. “Peak is following all required mitigation and control measures. This includes weekly testing of residents and twice weekly testing of staff. The safety of residents and staff remains everyone’s top priority,” stated Dare County health director Sheila Davies.

Spring Arbor of the Outer Banks has a smaller outbreak. Two residents, who were reported to be asymptomatic, tested positive during a weekly testing.

On Jan. 14, Walgreens, under a federal contract, sent a team to Spring Arbor to administer coronavirus vaccine shots. Lora Shafer, executive director at Spring Arbor, reports that 99% of the residents received the vaccine; 25% of the staff received the vaccine. The Walgreens team returns Feb. 18 to administer the second dose and Shafer is hoping more staff will participate.

At Peak Resources, a Walgreens team administered the first vaccine doses on Jan. 6.

Dare County Health Division has been conducting vaccination clinics at the county’s Parks and Recreation facility in Kill Devil Hills on Wednesday and Thursday. Another clinic was scheduled for Friday. At least 1,130 educators and law enforcement personnel will be vaccinated on Saturday, Jan. 23 at First Flight High School.

At the vaccination clinic on Wednesday, 620 people received the first vaccine dose. On Thursday, 560 people received the vaccine.

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