Three COVID-19-related deaths were reported Wednesday (July 29) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 27. 28 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Wednesday, increasing the overall total to 1,825. There were 17 Catawba County residents hospitalized with COVID-19, two fewer than Tuesday (July 28).
41 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Wednesday in Caldwell County, increasing the total to 1,048, with 12 deaths. There were 19 Caldwell County residents hospitalized with the coronavirus and at least 477 patients had recovered.
22 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Wednesday in Burke County, increasing the total to 1557, with 26 deaths. There were eight people hospitalized and at least 1,164 patients had recovered in Burke County.
In Wednesday’s media briefing, Burke County Public Health released information regarding an update in guidance issued by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. A test-based strategy (requiring negative tests) is no longer recommended to discontinue isolation except for very specific reasons in consultation with Public Health staff.
For people who were previously positive for COVID-19 and who continue to have no symptoms, retesting is not recommended within 6 to 12 weeks after the date of initial test or date symptoms began. Some who have been positive for COVID-19 could test positive for up to 12 weeks after the recovery period but people DO NOT continue to shed the virus after 10 days from the first day of symptoms or if asymptomatic 10 days after positive test result.
Three new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Wednesday in Alexander County, increasing the total to 257, with two deaths. Two people were in the hospital and 218 patients have fully recovered.