Five COVID-19-related deaths have been reported today (November 23) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 87 since the start of the pandemic. 60 new cases of the coronavirus were reported today, increasing the total to 6,424, and hospitalizations dropped to 51, six fewer than Sunday’s (November 22) total.
During today’s COVID-19 news conference, an updated County Alert Map was released. Catawba County is now in the “red” category, or critical community spread position. This is the most severe of the three levels. Alexander County remains in the “red” category, Caldwell is a notch lower in the “orange” category meaning substantial community spread. Burke County is in the least severe, or “yellow” category, meaning significant community spread.
The total of “red” counties doubled from ten to twenty on the updated County Alert Map. There are also 42 “orange” counties. During the news conference, Governor Roy Cooper said today’s executive order will further tighten the mask mandate, making it clear that everyone needs to wear a mask whenever you are with someone you don’t live with.
The governor said that today’s order builds on the action to limit gatherings to ten people indoors, indoor bar closures, occupancy restrictions for retail stores, restaurants and other public businesses along with the mask mandate. The order extends these protections through December 11.
Link to the full text of today’s executive order below: