Eight COVID-19-related deaths were reported today (December 9) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 114 since the start of the pandemic. In addition, 126 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed today, raising the total to 8,466. There are 80 people hospitalized with the virus, the same total as Tuesday (December 8). The positive rate for those tested in Catawba County is just under 17%, and the death rate among those who test positive is 1.3%. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting 6,495 new coronavirus cases in the state today, the highest single-day total.