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Tuesday Morning COVID-19 Update: Hospitalizations Drop By 25% In Catawba County, Deaths Reported In Three Hickory Metro Counties

Tuesday Morning COVID-19 Update: Hospitalizations Drop By 25% In Catawba County, Deaths Reported In Three Hickory Metro Counties

A COVID-19-related death was reported Monday (January 4) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 170. 149 new cases of the coronavirus were reported Monday, increasing the total to 12,017. There were 90 people hospitalized with the virus in Catawba County Monday, 30 fewer than Sunday.

Caldwell County health officials confirmed the county’s 78th COVID-19-related death Monday. The patient was between the ages of 50 and 64, had been hospitalized and was reported to have underlying health conditions. 82 new cases of the virus were reported in Caldwell County Monday, raising the total to 6,168. There were 55 people hospitalized.

A COVID-19-associated death was reported Monday in Alexander County, increasing the total to 31, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. NCDHHS also reports 2,827 cases of the virus in Alexander today (January 5), 21 more than Monday’s report.

66 new COVID-19 cases were reported Monday in Burke County, increasing the total to 6,617, with 82 deaths. There were 25 people hospitalized with the virus. The Burke County Health Department wanted the public to know the following: Both COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, require individuals to receive two shots. Pfizer will be two shots given 28 days apart and Moderna will be two shots given 21 days apart and you have to get both shots to get the maximum protection.

As of December 30, the COVID vaccination prioritization changed. As soon as additional COVID-19 vaccine is available and all of the eligible people in Phase 1A are vaccinated, the Burke County Vaccination Team will begin to vaccinate the next group of individuals. We have received limited amounts of the vaccine to date. We will be pushing out information about the next group of vaccinations as son as Phase 1A is finished and we receive additional vaccine.

When the department moves to the next phase of vaccinations, they will push out information throughout the county through public service announcements, social media posts, employers, etc. to notify those eligible who to contact and how to register for an appointment. The department hopes to be able to move into the next phase within the next couple of weeks.