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Friday Morning COVID-19 Update: 40 New Cases In Catawba Thursday, Three Of Four Metro Counties Report Cases
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Friday Morning COVID-19 Update: 40 New Cases In Catawba Thursday, Three Of Four Metro Counties Report Cases

Catawba County Public Health reported 40 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday (August 13), increasing the overall total to 2,245, with 31 deaths, since the start of the pandemic. Coronavirus hospitalizations dropped to 14, from 17 Wednesday (August 12).

Burke County Public Health reported 14 new COVID-19 infections Thursday, increasing the total to 1,809, with 30 deaths. There were eight people hospitalized Thursday, one more than Wednesday. At least 1,470 patients have recovered, 10.3 percent of those who have been tested in Burke County have been positive for the coronavirus. The death rate among those who tested positive is 1.7 percent.

Burke County’s Thursday news briefing says that families and caregivers in need of childcare for children up to age 12 can call and be connected directly to childcare options in their community. The hotline is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The number to call is 1-888-600-1685. Care is offered by licensed childcare providers who meet North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services health and safety guidelines.

Three new COVID-19 cases were added Thursday in Caldwell County, increasing the total to 1,256, with 16 deaths. 17 Caldwell County residents were hospitalized and at least 680 patients had recovered. The percentage of individuals who have tested positive in Caldwell County is 7.61. The death rate among those who have tested positive is 1.4%.

Caldwell County’s news release Thursday says North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 156 extending, but not waiving, proof-of-immunization and health assessment documentation deadlines for school and childcare facilities. In typical years, proof of required immunizations and health assessments are required within 30 days of the first date of attendance of school. After the 30 days, children are to be excluded from school until the family provides documentation of requirements. This year, the 30-day “grace period” for all students will begin on October 1, 2020.

No new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Alexander County Thursday, keeping the total at 312, with two deaths.