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Tuesday Morning COVID-19 Update: All Four Hickory Metro Counties Report New Cases Monday
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Tuesday Morning COVID-19 Update: All Four Hickory Metro Counties Report New Cases Monday

17 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Monday (July 27) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 1,767, with 24 deaths. Hospitalizations increased to 19, up one from Sunday (July 26).

69 new COVID-19 infections were reported in Caldwell County between late Saturday (July 25) and Monday afternoon, increasing the total to 989, with 11 deaths. There were 19 Caldwell County residents hospitalized and at least 456 patients had recovered.

The number of cases associated with outbreaks in the Caldwell County also increased. As of Monday, there were 65 cases at Brockford Assisted Living. Caldwell Correctional Facility had 14 cases; Hickory Falls had three; and Gateway Rehabilitation and Healthcare had three. Shaire Center and Lenoir Health Care remained at two cases each.

Burke County Public Health reported 1,524 positive cases of the coronavirus Monday. That total is 46 more than the previous update issued by the county on Saturday. There have been 25 COVID-19-related deaths in Burke County. Eight people were hospitalized as of Monday and at least 1,153 patients had recovered.

In their media briefing on Monday, Burke County Public Health said that 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 ten days from the first day of symptoms or if asymptomatic 10 days after positive test result.

16 new coronavirus cases were confirmed Monday in Alexander County, increasing the total to 254, with two deaths. 48 people were quarantined with COVID-19, one person was in the hospital. Of the 254 total cases, 203 people had fully recovered.