The eight-county region’s number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases surged past 600 this weekend, as all counties reported additional cases after Friday and Pasquotank became the first to report more than 200 cases.
As of Monday, the number of those who’ve contracted the highly contagious coronavirus in Albemarle Regional Health Services’ eight-county health district was 643.
While only 86 of those cases — about 13 percent — were considered active on Monday, that’s still an increase from 53 active cases on Friday.
The number of COVID-19 deaths in the region remained at 33. Nearly half of those deaths — 15 — have been reported in Pasquotank.
Pasquotank’s case count, meanwhile, rose to 204, with 42 considered active as of Monday. Among other the other counties in ARHS district, only Camden with 14, had more than eight active cases. Camden has a total of 26 total COVID-19 cases.
A total of 524 area residents who’ve contracted COVID-19 — more than 80 percent of all cases — have recovered from it, according to ARHS.
The regional health department also released its weekly surveillance report on COVID-19 trends on Friday. According to that report, the eight-county region’s cases of COVID-19 appear to have grown by at least 100 every two weeks since April 23.
The report also shows that new daily cases of COVID-19 have grown by more than 15 only once in the past month and by more than 10 cases on three occasions.
In addition, the region’s number of active cases rose above 120 only once —during the period between late May and June 7, according to the report.
The report also continues to show Black residents contracting COVID-19 at a higher rate than whites in the region among patients whose race has been disclosed. More than 40 percent of those contracting the virus in the region are Black while more than 35 percent are white.
The race of more than 21 percent of those contracting COVID-19 was listed as “unknown,” according to the report, while another 2 percent were of mixed race. ARHS has said the unknown category includes persons who did not disclose their race and those whose race has not yet been recorded.
Those figures are different from state trends which show more whites than Blacks — 55 percent versus 24 percent — contracting COVID-19.
Forty-one percent of those contracting COVID-19 in the region have been between the ages 25-49, according to ARHS’ report. That compares to 45 percent of persons from that age group contracting the virus statewide.
More than 28 percent of the region’s cases have been persons age 65 and older. Only 12 percent of the state’s total cases — 63,484 as of Monday — were in that age group, however.
Persons age 50-64 comprised 24 percent of the region’s COVID-19 cases. Twenty percent of the state’s cases were in that age group as of Monday.
A majority of COVID-19 cases in both the region and the state are female — 55 percent and 51 percent, respectively. More men than women have died from COVID-19, however.
State data, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, show 53 percent of all COVID-19 deaths — 1,325 as of Monday — have been male.
ARHS hasn’t released figures on deaths. However, the DHHS website shows 22 of the 33 deaths in the region — more than 66 percent — have been male.
The region’s deaths from COVID-19 by age also mirror the state data. While 80 percent of all statewide deaths were persons 65 and older, 82 percent of the region’s deaths — 27 of 33 — were persons in that age group. The other six deaths in the region were between the ages of 50 and 64.
Data on COVID-19 deaths by race show 58 percent of those dying from the disease have been white, 33 percent have been black and 5 percent were classified as “other.”
Complete data for the region wasn’t available from the DHHS website. However, the percentages in Pasquotank were similar to those in the state. Sixty-two percent of those who’ve died in the county have been white and 38 percent have been Black.
In Bertie, three of the four persons who’ve died from COVID-19 were Black. The other was white.
In Perquimans, one Black person and one white person have died from the disease.
Data on deaths by race were not available for Hertford or Gates counties.