Three COVID-19-related deaths were reported Tuesday (November 17) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 78. In addition, 111 new coronavirus cases were added, raising the overall tally to 5,924. There were 45 Catawba County residents hospitalized, the same total as Monday (November 16).
32 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Tuesday by Burke County Public Health, lifting the overall total to 3,623, with 65 deaths. There were ten people hospitalized with the coronavirus.
42 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Tuesday in Caldwell County, increasing the overall total to 3,104, with 39 deaths. There were 20 people hospitalized with the coronavirus. No new cases of the virus were reported Tuesday in Alexander County, leaving the total at 1,217, with 13 deaths.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced the unveiling of a “County Alert System” as COVID-19 numbers continue to increase across the state. Gov. Cooper made the announcement Tuesday afternoon, on the day that saw the second highest single-day total of new cases statewide, with 3,288 infections reported.
The governor announced during the press briefing that the state will introduce a color-coded map to show how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting each county statewide by measuring rate of new cases and hospitalizations. Red indicates Critical Community Spread, Orange denotes Substantial Community Spread and yellow Shows Significant Community Spread.
Alexander County is classified as “Red”, Catawba and Caldwell are “Orange”, and Burke is considered “Yellow.” The map will also provide actions individuals, businesses, community organizations and public officials can take to slow the spread of the virus.