The official death toll from COVID-19 in Pitt County grew to 77 as the U.S. crossed the 500,000 mark.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported the death over the weekend on its COVID-19 dashboard while it continues to report that new cases in the area are declining.

No details about the death have been made available. The official count does not include everyone who died from causes related to the pandemic.

An ongoing review of vital records for the county by The Daily Reflector has counted at least 90 deaths since March.

The average number of new cases reported between Feb. 16-22 was 60, according to data on the dashboard Monday. The 14-day average was about 69.

A total of 573 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Pitt County between Feb. 8-15, an average of about 81 new cases a day, down from about 107 new cases a day between Feb. 2-7, 93 between Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 109 between Jan. 19-25 and 119 between Jan. 12-18.

Vidant Health reported 105 COVID patients were hospitalized as of Sunday in its facilities, down from 142 the same time last week, and 172 before that. Statewide hospitalizations have dropped steadily from a high of 3,992 on Jan. 13 to 1,567 on Sunday. That’s down from 1,941 last Sunday.

About 6.1 percent of tests statewide were positive on Saturday, the most recent date for the data, down from 7.7 this time last week. The numbers for Pitt County 6.5 percent, down from 7.7 percent.

Statewide, daily new cases have continued to trend downward since a high of 11,581 cases on Jan. 9. The new case total on Monday was 2,113 down from 2,458 on Feb. 15 and from 3,084 Feb. 8.

Vaccines

A total of 39,961 doses of vaccine have been administered to county residents as of noon on Sunday, according to the DHHS dashboard. That’s an increase of 7,642 from this time last week. About 5,324 doses were administered the previous seven-day period, and 7,000 the week before that, according to dashboard data.

In all, 24,147 first doses had been administered according to Monday’s count, up from 23,454 the previous week. A total of 15,814 second doses had been administered, up from 8,865 the previous week.


About 13 percent of the county population has received its first dose, while nearly 9 percent has received the second dose.

Currently, people 65 and older are eligible to receive the vaccination along with frontline health care workers, long-term care residents and workers, and others who are at high risk of illness and exposure. Eligibility will be expanded Wednesday.

Visit www.vidanthealth/vaccinate to make appointments for the mass vaccination site. Walgreens pharmacies in North Carolina also have begun administering the vaccine. Visit walgreens.com to make appointments.

Institutions

East Carolina University on Monday reported 44 new cases among students and staff from Feb. 16-22, down from 67 Feb. 8-15.

A total of 101 students were in quarantine or isolation on and off of campus, according to ECU’s COVID-19 dashboard, down from 129 reported Feb. 15.

Pitt County Schools in its weekly update on Friday reported 14 new on-campus cases of COVID-19 between Feb. 12-18. That was down from 28 cases between Feb. 5-11

According to real-time data published by the school system on Monday afternoon, a total of 65 active cases of COVID-19 were reported among staff and students both on and off of campus, with 760 quarantines for the combined groups.

That is compared to 78 active cases and 750 quarantines reported for the combined groups on Feb 15. The real-time data does not separate on and off-campus cases.

South Central High School on Monday had the highest number of active cases, 10, and the highest number of quarantines, 62.

A weekly DHHS report on outbreaks at congregant living facilities on Monday continued to list 12 ongoing outbreaks:

  • Ayden Court Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: eight staff and 16 residents with one resident death.
  • Brookdale Dickinson Avenue: eight staff and 15 residents, up from two staff members last week.
  • Brookdale West Arlington Boulevard: three staff and six residents.
  • Care One Assisted Living Greenville: two residents; four staff are no longer listed.
  • Cypress Glen Retirement Community Memory Care: six staff members and 35 residents.
  • East Carolina Rehab and Wellness: three staff members.
  • MacGregor Downs Health and Rehabilitation Center: 44 staff and 54 residents; one staff death and two resident deaths.
  • PruittHealth Farmville: 28 staff, 41 residents.
  • Red Oak Assisted Living: three staff and one resident.
  • Spring Arbor: 19 staff and 34 residents.
  • Tar River — RHA Services: 15 staff, up from 12 staff.
  • Universal Health Care: 15 staff, 34 residents.

Contact Bobby Burns at baburns@reflector.com and 329.9572.