Catawba County Public Health reported a COVID-19-related death Wednesday (January 7) increasing the total to 176. 165 new cases of the virus were confirmed Wednesday, increasing the total to 12,403. There were 104 people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Catawba County.
Caldwell County health officials reported the county’s 79th COVID-19-related death Wednesday. The patient was over the age of 75, had been hospitalized, and was reported to have underlying health conditions. 101 new cases of the coronavirus were reported in Caldwell County, raising the total to 6,540. There were 49 people hospitalized.
100 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Wednesday in Burke County, increasing the overall total 6,914, with 86 deaths. There were 27 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Burke County. Four new cases of the coronavirus have been added in the last day in Alexander County, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, increasing the total to 2,843, with 31 deaths.
On Wednesday, the Caldwell County Health Department moved into Phase 1B of the state’s vaccination plan, which means they are vaccinating people age 75 and older. Currently, the department is scheduling appointments with people on the waiting list, and appointments are required to receive the vaccine. Burke County health officials issued a statement that said they will not be able to move into the Phase 1B-Group 1, for another week or two. The other priority groups will be scheduled when the 75+ group is finished and vaccines are available.
During the COVID-19 briefing Wednesday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper extended Executive Order 181 for three weeks. The modified stay-at-home order implemented a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. It went into effect on December 11 and was to expire this Friday. It will now continue through at least January 29. Businesses are required to be closed by 10 p.m. Alcohol sales must end by 9 p.m. The order was continued due to the coronavirus case numbers remaining high and an infection rate that surpassed 17% Wednesday.