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Saturday COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In Catawba, Alexander Counties, New Single-Day Case Record Set In Catawba For Second Straight Day, State Sees Highest Daily Total

Saturday COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In Catawba, Alexander Counties, New Single-Day Case Record Set In Catawba For Second Straight Day, State Sees Highest Daily Total

A COVID-19 death was reported today (November 14) by Catawba County Public Health raising the total to 74 since the start of the pandemic. In addition, 113 new cases were confirmed today by Catawba County health officials, raising the overall total to 5,666. There were 47 people hospitalized in Catawba County with the coronavirus. 113 is the highest single-day total of new cases in one day, it’s the second straight day that’s occurred.

On Friday (November 13), the Caldwell County Health Department learned of a cluster of COVID-19 cases at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in Hudson and an outbreak at Comserv Playmore Residential Facility. Five students in the CCC&TI women’s basketball program have tested positive. All team activities have been suspended until further notice.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services defines a cluster as a minimum of five cases with illness onset or initial positive results within a 14-day period and a plausible epidemiologic link between cases. The students from the cluster have not been on campus since November 4 and were exposed as a result of shared living space. Close contacts of the positive individuals have been identified and notified.

34 new coronavirus cases were confirmed Friday in Caldwell County, increasing the overall total to 2,988, with 38 deaths. There were 17 Caldwell County residents hospitalized with the coronavirus as of Friday.

The Alexander County COVID-19 update Friday reported an additional death, raising the total to 13. 120 new cases were also added since the last report from the county, increasing the count to 1,217. There were 27 Alexander County residents hospitalized with the coronavirus.

24 COVID cases have been added today in Burke County, according the Health Department’s dashboard. The overall total is now 3,499, with 64 deaths, and 12 people hospitalized.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 3,885 new COVID-19 cases have been reported today, the highest one-day total reported during the pandemic.