Five COVID-19-related deaths were reported Monday (November 23) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 87 since the start of the pandemic. 60 new cases of the coronavirus were reported, increasing the total to 6,424, and hospitalizations dropped to 51, six fewer than Sunday’s (November 22) total.
Burke County Public Health reported the county’s 66th COVID-19-related death. The individual was in their 90s and was hospitalized. 41 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Monday in Burke County, raising the total to 3,922. There were 14 people hospitalized in Burke County with the virus.
The Caldwell County Health Department reported the county’s 40th coronavirus-associated death Monday. The individual was between the ages of 65 and 74, was hospitalized, and was reported to have underlying health conditions. 43 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Monday in Caldwell County, lifting the total to 3,285. There were 23 people hospitalized with COVID-19. No new cases of the virus were reported in Alexander County Monday, leaving the total at 1,373, with 13 deaths.
During Monday’s COVID-19 news conference, an updated County Alert Map was released. Catawba County is now in the “red” category, or critical community spread position. This is the most severe of the three levels. Alexander County remains in the “red” category, Caldwell is a notch lower in the “orange” category meaning substantial community spread. Burke County is in the least severe, or “yellow” category, meaning significant community spread. Link to Monday’s executive order here: https://governor.nc.gov/news/cases-rising-rapidly-north-carolina-tightens-existing-mask-requirements-and-enforcement.