Two new cases of COVID-19 were identified Saturday (March 28) in Catawba County, bringing the county’s current total case count to 12.
As of Saturday morning, there had been 483 people tested for COVID-19 in Catawba County and 171 negative results have been received. The remaining test results are pending. There have been no deaths associated with COVID-19 reported in Catawba County.
On Saturday, the first confirmed case of coronavirus was identified in Alexander County. According to Alexander County Consolidated Human Services, the patient is at home and recovering well.
As of Saturday, 49 people had been tested for COVID-19 in Alexander County, with one positive result, 27 negative results, and 21 pending.
The Governor’s “Stay at Home” Executive Order was announced on Friday (March 27) and goes into effect on Monday (March 30) at 5:00 p.m. which limits gatherings to 10 or less people and closes non-essential businesses.
With the three cases confirmed Saturday in the Hickory Metro, there are now a total of 18 in the Unifour area. All four counties now have at least one case.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has issued a stay-at-home order. The order will go into effect on Monday, March 30, at 5 p.m.
Residents will be required to stay home except for trips to pick up food or use services, to exercise or go outside, and for medical care. Jobs that are considered essential will continue with no permits required.
Groups will be limited to ten people or fewer. An exception will be made for funerals with up to 50 people allowed. Church services and weddings will continue with mandatory social distancing required. Previous executive orders suspending schools and certain businesses remain in effect.
Criminal charges will not be filed against those in violation of the order, but Officers will encourage people to stay home. Repeat violations could result in charges.
For the full text of the governor's order, click here.
Catawba County Public Health reports that another person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Catawba County. A total of ten persons in Catawba County have tested positive, thus far.
As of 11:45 a.m. today (March 27), there have been 452 people tested for COVID-19 in Catawba County and 132 negative results have been received, with no deaths. The remaining test results are pending.
Due to the volume of case contact investigations currently underway in Catawba County, Public Health will release confirmed case numbers without further case details. Case and testing numbers are updated by 1 p.m. daily on the county's website (catawbacountync.gov).
In Burke County, one person was removed from the county's official count as that person is a resident of Mecklenburg County. However, another person has tested positive, bringing the county's total back to two. The latest infected person has been hospitalized. That person was infected while traveling and is not a case of community spread.
39-year-old Brittany Sunette Elliott of Mt. Pleasant Church Road in Marion has been arrested by Newton Police on charges of possession of a stolen automobile, possession of methamphetamine, and larceny of a motor vehicle. She was also charged with failure to appear on in court on counts of possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Elliott was jailed this morning (March 27) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond was set at $31,000. A first appearance in Disrict Court was scheduled today in Newton, with another District Court date on March 30. She'll also appear in Superior Court on June 1 on the failure to appear charges.
28-year-old Roger Aaron Oxendine of Sherwood Lane in Denver, N.C. has been arrested by authorities in Lincoln County. He faces charges for attempted trafficking in cocaine, a felony probation violation, and non-support of a child. He is on probation following an August 2017 felony conviction in Catawba County for attempted trafficking a schedule II controlled substance. Oxendine was jailed this morning (March 27) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, plus a $600 cash bond on the non-support charge. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for April 23 in Newton.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered Statesville woman. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for 42-year-old Annette Rashelia Rollins, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Ms. Rollins is a black female. She is 5'6" tall and weighs 200 pounds. She has short black hair and brown eyes. Ms. Rollins was last seen at Fifth Street Ministries on 5th Street in Statesville. She was wearing a dark toboggan, a dark sweatshirt, and blue jeans.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Annette Rashelia Rollins should call the Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3406.
Authorities in Burke County are continuing to seek suspects on the most wanted list.
29-year-old Ryan Dale Washington is wanted for felony break or enter a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny. Washington's last known address is listed as homeless. He's been on the most wanted list since January 17, 2020.
27-year-old Dalton Gage Hughes is also wanted by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods. The last known address for Hughes was 3306 Flat Gap Road in Valdese. He's also been on the most wanted list since January 17.
28-year-old Erica Joy Street remains on the Burke County most wanted list. She's charged with felony larceny. The last known address for Street was 4130 Valley Trails in Morganton. She's been on the most wanted list since February 20.
You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
During construction of One North Center in Hickory, on-street parking and loading along First Street NW between Main Avenue NW and First Avenue NW will be prohibited. Due to the temporary construction fence narrowing the roadway, the parking and loading areas will be removed to ensure emergency vehicle access is not hindered by vehicles parking or stopping on First Street NW.
Parking is available along First Avenue NW between North Center Street and Second Street NW, as well as along Second Street NW between Main Avenue NW and First Avenue NW.
Heading into today, with the five new cases of COVID-19 or coronavirus that were identified Thursday (March 26) in Catawba County, the Unifour area had reported 14 positive tests total. Nine of those positive tests were in Catawba County. Catawba County Public Health received the most recent positive test results overnight Wednesday into Thursday and immediately began investigating. Two people are close contacts of known cases. Two are hospitalized, two are isolated at home, and one has recovered.
Public Health is working to identify close contacts who may be affected and is advising them on appropriate monitoring and testing on a case-by-case basis. Through Thursday, there had been no deaths associated with COVID-19 reported in Catawba County.
The Caldwell County Health Department, in collaboration with Caldwell UNC Health Care, reports no new COVID-19 cases Thursday. The county still had a total of three cases heading into today (March 27). Through yesterday, 431 COVID-19 tests had been conducted in Caldwell County with the three confirmed cases and 114 negative tests.
The Burke County Health Department had tested 73 individuals as of the county's most recent update. Of those 73, 59 results have been received and 57 negative and 2 positive cases. A public information line is available in Burke County, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for those with questions, the number is 828-764-9388. After hours, general questions can be directed to the North Carolina Public Information Line at 1-866-462-3821.
The most recent update from Alexander County states that there have been zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 in that county. 40 people had been tested as of that update with 17 negative results and 23 pending tests, those households were in quarantine.
It was announced Thursday that North Carolina has received a federal disaster declaration, which will make all counties eligible for FEMA assistance to local governments for pandemic response. For people who think they might have COVID-19 and have mild symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends they stay home and call their doctor if you need medical advice. Most people who get COVID-19 will have mild illness and recover at home.
A body was found in a home following the response to a fire in Alexander County. On Thursday (March 26) shortly before 5 a.m., a call came into Alexander County Communications in reference to a structure fire at 125 H&H Lane in the Bethlehem Community. The Bethlehem, Wittenburg, and Ellendale Fire Departments, along with Alexander County EMS responded to the residence.
After the fire was extinguished, firefighters found a body inside the residence. The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, Alexander County Fire Marshal’s Office, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation were called in to investigate the fire. That investigation is continuing.
A Catawba County man was killed in a crash last evening (March 25). At approximately 8:40 p.m. the NC State Highway Patrol responded to a collision in Catawba County on Emmanuel Church Road near Bush Drive. A pedestrian, walking in the northbound lane, was struck by a northbound Chrysler 300 passenger car.
The pedestrian, 38-year-old Adam Darrell Mullins of Conover died at the scene. He was dressed in dark clothing and walking with traffic. The driver of the Chrysler a Hickory man, was not injured. No charges are expected.
30-year-old Rachel Nichole Dugger of Gettysburg Place in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:25 a.m. yesterday (March 25) on one felony count of possession of marijuana. Dugger turned herself in at the Hickory Police Department on a warrant issued on March 24. She was processed and released after posting a $2,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Five new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Catawba County, bringing the county’s current total of cases to nine. Catawba County Public Health received the positive test results overnight and immediately began investigating. Two people are close contacts of known cases. Two are hospitalized, two are isolated at home, and one has recovered.
Public Health is working to identify close contacts who may be affected and is advising them on appropriate monitoring and testing on a case-by-case basis. Close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 for 10 minutes or longer, according to the CDC.
Public Health is assessing the risk of exposure to others and will determine which, if any, additional protective measures are needed. Protective measures may include temperature and symptom checks, quarantine and/or testing.
As of 10:30 a.m. today (March 26), there have been 400 people tested for COVID-19 in Catawba County and 112 negative results have been received. The remaining test results are pending. There have been no deaths associated with COVID-19 reported in Catawba County.
“With community transmission occurring throughout North Carolina, we anticipate our local case count will continue to rise,” said Jennifer McCracken, Catawba County Health Director. “We know residents may become more concerned for their health and the health of their loved ones. Taking prevention measures seriously is the most important step we can all take toward protecting our health and preventing the spread of illness. It is more important than ever for all of us to do everything we can to limit contact with others and follow all prevention guidelines.
“As we continue our work of investigating cases and implementing protective measures for affected individuals, we will be focusing our communications efforts on providing the most current preventive information and guidance to residents and organizations in the community,” McCracken added.
Catawba County Public Health will update local testing and case numbers on the Catawba County website, www.catawbacountync.gov, on a daily basis.
Asheville Street in Morganton will be closed from West Fleming Drive to Mimosa Street today (March 26) to allow City crews to install a water and sewer tap on Asheville Street. The closure was scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.
Crews expect Asheville Street to be closed until approximately 5 p.m. today. When the work is completed, the road will be reopened. No customers are expected to be without water service during this time. If customers do experience a loss of water service, they should call 828-438-5276 to report it.
54-year-old Randy Lee Littlejohn of Long Drive in Newton was arrested Wednesday (March 25) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and driving while license revoked. Littlejohn was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $26,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 4, a District Court date is set for May 12.
36-year-old Phillip Geoffrey Cammidge of Charlotte was arrested Wednesday (March 25) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cammidge was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for April 6.
50-year-old Elizabeth Frances Haupt of Long Drive in Newton was arrested Wednesday (March 25) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with felony attempted kidnapping and misdemeanor driving while license revoked. Haupt was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 26).
38-year-old Scott Wesley McClain of Sierra Drive in Maiden was arrested Wednesday (March 25) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. McClain was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility, no bond amount was listed. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 6.
The Caldwell County Health Department, in collaboration with Caldwell UNC Health Care, announced two new positive COVID-19 cases in Caldwell County on Wednesday (March 25). That brings the total in the county to three. Caldwell County Public Health is investigating all confirmed cases.
Patients have been instructed to remain in isolation until they are fever free for 72 hours without medication, have improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath), and for at least seven days since symptoms first appeared. As of the last update, there had been 370 coronavirus tests conducted in Caldwell County with 78 negative results and the three confirmed positive cases.
Catawba County did not report any new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. There were four confirmed instances of coronavirus, with the last three being reported Monday (March 23). Catawba County had the most confirmed cases in the Unifour-area heading into today (March 26).
There were no new cases reported in Burke County Wednesday. The first two cases in Burke were confirmed on Tuesday. At a news conference in the aftermath of that announcement, Board of Commissioners Chairman Johnnie Carswell said that the two positive tests were determined to be travel-related and not community spread.
As of the latest update from officials in Alexander County, there were still no confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Alexander County Health Department reported Wednesday that the county continued to have zero confirmed cases of COVID-19. A total of 40 people had been tested for the virus, with 17 tests being negative. There were 23 pending tests at the time of the update, with those households under quarantine.
During a press briefing Wednesday, Governor Roy Cooper and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen urged North Carolinians to stay at home if they can and maximize social distancing. People who feel sick and have mild symptoms, should stay home and call their doctor. Businesses are encouraged to get social distancing, telework plans in place immediately.
North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry announced that the state has ordered $66 million in personal protective equipment for health care providers. The Office of Emergency Medical Services is also working to identify additional hospital beds that could be available once the regular beds at the state’s hospitals are filled.
Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating 29-year-old Christopher Allen Jernigan, who is listed as a homeless person from Lincoln County.
On March 24, a family member reported that Mr. Jernigan had not made contact with them since March 6. Mr. Jernigan was released from the Lincoln Co. Detention Center on February 26 and had contacted his mother to get money from her. She last sent him money on March 6, which was picked up at Bi-Lo store on Highway 27 West.
Family members say Jernigan has cognitive and substance abuse issues and requires medication. He is currently homeless and lives on the streets of Lincolnton. Jernigan is described as a white male. He is 5'7" inches tall and weighs about 175 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair.
Anyone with information on Jernigan’s whereabouts should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202, or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.