Two new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Tuesday (August 4) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 1,974, with 29 deaths. The two cases is the lowest amount reported in one day in Catawba County since the middle of May. It’s the first day that the county hasn’t reported a double-digit increase in infections since late May. Public Health reports 16 hospitalizations today, three fewer than Monday (August 3).
Eight new coronavirus infections were confirmed Tuesday in Burke County, increasing the total to 1680, with 28 deaths. Nine people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Burke County. Alexander County did not report any new coronavirus cases Tuesday, leaving the total at 272, with two deaths.
Four new COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday in Caldwell County, increasing the total to 1,145, with 14 deaths. There were 20 Caldwell County residents hospitalized. Through a partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services and supporting agencies, free cloth face coverings will be available starting today (August 5) at four locations in Caldwell County — all three branches of the Caldwell County Library and North Catawba Fire-Rescue.
People can stop by any library branch, come to the door with their request, and staff will place the face covering outside. The Lenoir branch, located at 120 Hospital Avenue, Lenoir, is open Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Granite Falls branch, located at 24 South Main Street, Granite Falls, and the Hudson branch, located at 530 Central Street, Hudson, are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
North Catawba Fire-Rescue, located at 2064 Connelly Springs Road, Lenoir, will distribute masks Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. The department asks people to call 828-728-9041 prior to stopping by to pick up a face covering. One face covering will be given to each member of a household on a first come first served basis.