Two COVID-19-related deaths were reported Tuesday (February 23) in Catawba County, increasing the total to 278. There were 61 new cases of the coronavirus reported, increasing the total to 16,957. Hospitalizations fell to 42 in Catawba County, from 48 the previous day.
A COVID-19-associated death was reported Tuesday in Caldwell County, raising the total to 130. The patient was over the age of 75, had been hospitalized, and was reported to have underlying health conditions. 40 new cases of the virus were confirmed Tuesday in Caldwell, increasing the overall tally to 8,573. Hospitalizations fell to 17, from 19 the previous day.
Tuesday’s news release announced an outbreak at Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation. The release should have clarified the that while the facility has had 151 cases since December, only 13 of those cases remain active. The outbreak was not immediately identified because cases were reported directly to the state and not to the Health Department.
23 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Burke County Tuesday, increasing the total to 9,379, with 138 deaths. There were nine people hospitalized. The Alexander County Health Department reports 81 deaths associated with COVID-19, five more than Tuesday’s update. Four new cases of COVID-19 were added Tuesday, raising the total to 3,860, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.