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Monday Afternoon COVID-19 Update: 29th Death, Outbreaks At Facilities Reported In Catawba County

Monday Afternoon COVID-19 Update: 29th Death, Outbreaks At Facilities Reported In Catawba County

A COVID-19 death has been reported today (August 3) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 29. 33 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed today in Catawba County, increasing the total to 1,972. Hospitalizations increased to 19, from 17 on Sunday.

Catawba County Public Health is investigating a newly identified outbreak of COVID-19 at Trinity Village, where two residents and three staff members have tested positive for the virus. The facility is informing residents, their family members, and staff about the situation.

This is the ninth congregate care facility outbreak identified in Catawba County. In a congregate living setting, a COVID-19 outbreak is defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed cases. The facility has conducted additional testing and is working closely with Public Health to ensure control measures are in place to help prevent further spread of the disease.

Last Thursday (July 30) administrators with the Catawba County Detention Facility contacted the Catawba County Department of Public Health to report COVID-19 cases amongst both staff and inmates. This report follows information received from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety concerning inmates arriving at state prison facilities from the Catawba County Detention Facility who have tested positive. A total of six Catawba County inmates and nine staff members have tested positive.

At present, officials are aware of two inmates remaining in the facility who are COVID-19 positive. These inmates and others who have come in contact with them have been quarantined. Staff cases and exposures are being monitored as well with additional testing and quarantining taking place as needed.