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Friday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported Thursday In Catawba, Burke Counties

Friday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported Thursday In Catawba, Burke Counties

The 44th COVID-19-associated death since the start of the pandemic was reported Thursday (August 27) by Catawba County Public Health. In addition, 29 new coronavirus infections were reported Thursday, increasing the overall total to 2,579. There were 13 people hospitalized in Catawba County, three fewer than Wednesday (August 26).

Catawba County Public Health is investigating a newly identified outbreak of COVID-19 at Frye Regional Medical Center’s South Campus, where four patients and three staff members have tested positive for the virus. The facility was in the process of informing patients, their family members, and staff about the situation.

Public Health is continuing to provide support and is in frequent communication with facility administrators. More information about Catawba County’s COVID-19 response and recommended prevention measures can be found online at www.catawbacountync.gov.

Burke County Public Health was notified Thursday about the 34th COVID-19 related death in the county. The individual in their 60s was not hospitalized. 19 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Thursday in Burke County, making the overall total since the start of the pandemic 1,996. There were 11 people hospitalized and at least 1,708 patients had recovered.

High Country Community Health will be hosting a first come, first serve COVID-19 drive thru testing clinic, especially for the Spanish speaking community, but all others are welcome. The clinic will be held Sunday (August 30) at 301 East Meeting Street in Morganton from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Those being tested are asked to stay in their car. For more information call 828-432-5080.

Eight new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Thursday in Caldwell County, increasing the total to 1,409 with 20 deaths. There were 21 Caldwell County residents hospitalized with COVID-19, and at least 771 patients had recovered. No new coronavirus cases were reported Thursday in Alexander County. The total remained at 365, with two deaths.

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