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Thursday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In All Hickory Metro Counties, Memorial Trees Displayed In Caldwell
Photo of Caldwell County COVID-19 memorial trees courtesy of Caldwell County Health Department

Thursday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In All Hickory Metro Counties, Memorial Trees Displayed In Caldwell

Three COVID-19 deaths were reported Wednesday (December 23) by Catawba County Public Health, raising the total to 146. In addition, 133 new cases were reported Wednesday for an overall total of 10,583 since the start of the pandemic. 88 people were hospitalized.

Caldwell County confirmed five COVID-19-related deaths Wednesday, increasing the total to 65 since the start of the pandemic. Three patients were between the ages of 50 and 64; one was between 65 and 74; and one was over the age of 75. Two of the patients were hospitalized, and two were reported to have underlying health conditions.

106 new COVID-19 cases were reported Wednesday in Caldwell County, increasing the total to 5,297. There were 61 Caldwell County residents hospitalized with the coronavirus, the highest single-day total recorded. Small Christmas trees stand in front of the Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building as a memorial to residents who lost their lives to COVID-19.

Burke County Public Health reported its 77th COVID-19-related death Wednesday. The individual was in their 80s and was hospitalized. 23 new cases of the virus were reported Wednesday in Burke County, increasing the overall tally to 5,656. There were 17 people hospitalized with the virus in Burke.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, three additional deaths related to the virus have been reported in Alexander County, lifting the total to 29. In addition, NCDHHS reported 2,393 cases of COVID-19 in Alexander County today (December 24), an increase of 36 over Wednesday.