Catawba County Public Health is investigating a newly identified outbreak of COVID-19 at Brian Center East, where four residents have tested positive for the virus. The facility is informing residents, their family members, and staff about the situation.
This is the tenth congregate care facility coronavirus 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.
Public Health is in frequent communication with facility administrators and has advised the facility on cleaning and disinfection, and other best practices for infection control, such as providing meals and separating residents.
Public Health is continuing daily monitoring of all congregate care facilities in our community in order to respond as quickly as possible to reports of potential illness.
24 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Saturday (August 15) in Catawba County, increasing the overall total to 2,301, with 33 deaths. There were 16 people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Catawba County, two more than Friday (August 14).
12 additional COVID-19 infections were confirmed Saturday in Burke County, increasing the total to 1,835 overall. There were nine people hospitalized, one more than Friday, and at least 1,488 patients had recovered.
No new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Saturday in Alexander County, keeping the total at 324, with two deaths. Caldwell County health officials did not release an update Saturday, the most recent news release showed a total of 1,265 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, and the county reported its 17th coronavirus-associated death on Friday.
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