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COVID-19 Update: New Cases Reported In Three Hickory Metro Counties Wednesday, Phase 2 Begins Friday

COVID-19 Update: New Cases Reported In Three Hickory Metro Counties Wednesday, Phase 2 Begins Friday

Catawba County Public Health reported six new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday (May 20). The county’s total increased to 127, with three deaths. There had been 1,802 negative coronavirus test results in Catawba County, 50 patients had recovered, and there were five people hospitalized.

Four new COVID-19 cases were reported Wednesday in Caldwell County, increasing the total to 90, with two deaths. 52 patients had recovered and there were still five people hospitalized due to coronavirus. No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Alexander County, leaving the total at 22, with no deaths.

Burke County Public Health reported seven additional positive coronavirus cases Wednesday, increasing the total in that county to 218, with 14 deaths. Due to the overwhelming response of interested residents, the COVID-19 testing location in Burke County has been changed. On Friday (May 22) Psalms/Solid Rock Family Medicine will be conducting a first come first serve drive thru COVID-19 antibody testing clinic from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Patton High School, which is the new location. Antibody testing is not appropriate for anyone who is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19. This antibody test is FDA/EUA approved.

On Friday, May 29 and Friday, June 5, Psalms/Solid Rock Family Medicine will hold a first come first serve drive thru COVID-19 testing clinic from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Patton High School. Burke County residents who are symptomatic, a known contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or a high-risk or immunocompromised individual are invited to attend.

Directional signs will be posted for an orderly traffic flow. Please be sure to follow the directions. It may take two to five days for results to come back. Those who receive a COVID-19 test (for symptomatic patients) are required to self-isolate (stay at home and do not go out for any reason) until the test produces a negative result. These patients will also need to self-isolate from others within their homes until the test produces a negative result in order to prevent the potential spread of the virus within their own homes. For more information contact Cindy Biddix at 828-438-1117.

As the response to COVID-19 continues, North Carolina will move into “Safer At Home” Phase 2 on Friday at 5 p.m. Governor Roy Cooper said the state’s overall key indicators remain stable. However, the increase in COVID-19 cases signal a need to take a more “modest step forward” in Phase 2 than originally envisioned.

Teleworking when possible is highly recommended. Certain businesses & other locations will remain closed in Phase 2 including: bars; night clubs; gyms and indoor fitness facilities; indoor entertainment venues including movie theaters, bowling alleys; and public playgrounds.

The mass gathering limits in Phase 2 will be no more than ten people indoors or 25 outdoors. This applies to event venues; conference centers; stadiums and sports arenas; amphitheaters; and groups at parks or beaches.

Restaurants can re-open for dine-in customers at mostly a 50% capacity, with distancing and cleaning requirements.

Personal care businesses like salons and barbers can also re-open at 50% capacity. These businesses will have face covering and cleaning requirements while also reducing the number of people in the waiting areas.

Swimming pools will be able to open at 50% capacity, and overnight & day camps can open with safety rules in place. Childcare facilities remain open and are now able to enroll all children.

Get full details on the Phase 2 “Safer At Home” order here