Dare County health officials on Tuesday reported the highest number of new weekly COVID-19 cases, a total of 279, since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The percentage of positive COVID-19 tests to total COVID-19 tests in Dare County last week was 22.5%, Dare County Health and Human Services said in its weekly update.

Dare County remains red on the Center for Disease Control’s COVID-transmission map for high community transmission

“All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, ages 5 and over should wear a mask when indoors in public settings. All individuals should consider wearing a mask when outside if gathering in large crowds. Individuals ages 12 and over should get vaccinated for COVID-19 to help prevent serious illness, hospitalizations and death,” the update said.

Of the 279

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