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Thursday Morning COVID-19 Update

Thursday Morning COVID-19 Update

There were no COVID-19-related deaths reported Wednesday (February 17) in Catawba County, leaving the total at 272. 52 new cases of the coronavirus were reported Wednesday, raising the overall tally to 16,660. There were 52 people hospitalized.

The Caldwell County Health Department reported a COVID-19-related death Wednesday and confirmed an outbreak. The patient who passed away was between the ages of 65 and 74, was reported to have underlying health conditions, and had been hospitalized. There have been 128 coronavirus-related deaths in Caldwell

The outbreak is at Jonas Hill Hospital. In congregate settings, an outbreak of COVID-19 is defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed cases within a 28-day period. 29 new cases were confirmed in Caldwell Wednesday, lifting the total to 8,437. 23 people were hospitalized. Due to the predicted inclement weather, the Health Department has rescheduled all of Thursday’s vaccine appointments.

Burke County Public Health reported the county’s 137th coronavirus-related death Wednesday. The individual was in their 70s and was hospitalized. 32 new cases of the virus were reported, increasing the total to 9,262. Nine people were hospitalized. According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 26 COVID-19 cases were added in Alexander County, increasing the total to 3,807, with 76 deaths. There were ten Alexander residents hospitalized.

The Alexander County Health Department has announced that no first-dose vaccine was received this week due to weather-related issues nationally. Therefore, citizens who were scheduled to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine today (February 18) and Friday (February 19), will be vaccinated next Thursday and Friday, February 25-26. Staff is attempting to contact everyone scheduled for these dates.

Due to the forecast for wintry weather today all second-dose appointments will be done on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the gymnasium at East Taylorsville Baptist Church. The county is scheduled to receive 500 first doses next week, along with the 300 doses that were scheduled for this week, for a total of 800 first doses.

The health department continues to schedule appointments for health care workers and those ages 65+. If you are in these categories, you can submit your contact information on the hotline at 828-352-7724 or online at