48 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Wednesday (August 5) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 2,022, with 29 deaths. There were 16 hospitalizations due to the coronavirus, same as Tuesday (August 4). At least 1,679 patients had recovered. Just under 12% of those tested for COVID-19 in Catawba County have been positive, and the death rate is 1.4%.
On Wednesday, Caldwell County health officials learned of another COVID-19-related death. The patient was over the age of 75, had underlying health conditions, and had been hospitalized. The total number of COVID-19-related deaths in Caldwell County now stands at 15. 30 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Wednesday in Caldwell, increasing the total to 1,175. 21 people were hospitalized and at least 514 patients had recovered.
Cases have increased in one of Caldwell County’s six outbreaks. Lenoir Health Care had another employee test positive, bringing the total number of cases at the facility to three. In addition to the outbreak at Lenoir Health Care, the Health Department continues to monitor outbreaks at Brockford Inn Assisted Living Facility (65 cases), Caldwell Correctional Center (16 cases), Gateway Rehabilitation and Healthcare (3 cases), Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation (12 cases), and Shaire Center (2 cases).
18 new COVID-19 infections were confirmed Wednesday in Burke County, making the total in that county 1,698 positive cases, with 28 deaths. There were nine people hospitalized and at least 1,258 patients had recovered. Alexander County did not report any new coronavirus cases Wednesday, leaving the total at 272, with two deaths.
During his news briefing Wednesday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that, as a result of the current COVID-19 case count, the state would stay in the current Phase Two “Safer at Home” order for an additional five weeks. The order will be extended until at least Friday, September 11. The Phase 2 extension keeps bars, gyms, and entertainment venues closed. Governor Cooper said that the five-week plan is a response to recommendations from health experts and involved the school reopening plans.