Catawba County Public Health reports a COVID-19 death today (August 18), increasing the total to 36 since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. 21 new cases were confirmed today in Catawba County as well, upping the total to 2,367. There are 20 people hospitalized in the county, one more than Monday (August 17).
Catawba County Public Health is investigating a newly identified outbreak of COVID-19 at Elmcroft of Newton, where two residents and one staff member have tested positive for the virus. The facility is informing residents, their family members, and staff about the situation.
This is the 11th congregate care facility outbreak identified in Catawba County. In a congregate living setting, a COVID-19 outbreak is defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed cases. The facility has conducted additional testing and is working closely with Public Health to ensure control measures are in place to help prevent further spread of the disease.
Public Health is in frequent communication with facility administrators and has advised the facility on cleaning and disinfection, and other best practices for infection control, such as providing meals and separating residents. The agency is continuing daily monitoring of all congregate care facilities in the community in order to respond as quickly as possible to reports of potential illness.