Catawba County Public Health reported a COVID-19-related death Tuesday (October 13), increasing the total to 61 since the start of the pandemic. In addition, 50 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Tuesday, increasing the total to 3,681. It was the first time 50 new cases of the virus have been reported in one day since August 6, when the county added 59. There were 21 people hospitalized, the same total as Monday (October 12).
The Alexander County Health Department reported 37 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, increasing the total to 612, with eight deaths. 73 people were in quarantine with the coronavirus in Alexander County and there were three individuals hospitalized. Of the 612 total cases, 528 people have recovered.
At their meeting Tuesday evening, the Alexander County Board of Education voted to allow elementary students to return to in-person instruction in phases. The return will begin with Pre-K through 2nd grade students returning October 26 to a four-day per week in-person schedule. Wednesdays will continue to be a remote day for students and allow for cleaning in the schools.
The second phase will include third through 5th grades and will be determined by the board at the next school board meeting. The anticipated date to bring third through 5th grade students back to school is November 16.
Ten new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Tuesday in Burke County, raising the total to 2,696, with 50 deaths. There were nine people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Burke County and at least 2,247 patients had recovered.
Nine new cases of the coronavirus were reported Tuesday by Caldwell County health officials. The total is now 2,012, with 30 deaths. There were nine people hospitalized in Caldwell County and at least 1,188 patients had recovered.[Some information provided by Rick Gilbert, WACB]