Catawba County Public Health reported zero COVID-19-related deaths once again Thursday (February 18) and new case counts continue to trend lower. There were 50 new infections reported Thursday, raising the overall total to 16,710, with 272 deaths. 53 Catawba County residents were hospitalized with the virus.
No COVID-19-related deaths were reported in Burke County as well on Thursday, there were 27 new cases, increasing the total to 9,289. There have been 132 coronavirus-associated fatalities overall, and nine people were hospitalized.
There was a COVID-19-related death reported in Caldwell County, increasing the total to 129. The patient was between the ages of 50 and 64, was hospitalized, and had underlying health conditions. 26 new cases of the virus were reported, raising the overall count to 8,463. Hospitalizations fell to 18.
A cluster was reported this week in Caldwell County, it involved students’ participation in the varsity football program at South Caldwell High School. A cluster is a minimum of five cases with illness onset or initial positive results within a 14-day period and a plausible epidemiolocal link. Any student identified as a close contact has been notified, and the varsity football team will remain on quarantine through the health department’s recommended timeframe.
13 COVID-19 cases were added in Alexander County, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, increasing the total to 3,820, with 76 deaths.