Friday, 10 July 2020 04:16

Friday Morning COVID-19 Update: All Four Hickory Metro Counties Report New Cases Thursday

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28 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday (July 9) in Catawba County, increasing the total to 1,109, with 14 deaths. 17 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus in Catawba County, at least 505 patients had recovered and there were 3,703 negative test results.

The Alexander County Health Department reported Thursday that the total of positive COVID-19 cases had increased to 146, ten more than the last update. 51 people were in quarantine with the coronavirus, three people were in the hospital and the county had reported one COVID-19-related death. 91 patients had fully recovered in Alexander County.

Burke County Public Health was notified Wednesday evening (July 8) of the 21st COVID-19-associated death in the county. The individual in their 70s was hospitalized and died from complications associated with an underlying medical condition.

17 new coronavirus infections were confirmed in Burke County Thursday, increasing the total to 1,133 positive cases. Six people remained hospitalized Thursday in Burke County, and at least 862 patients had recovered.

Thursday's media release from Burke County Public Health reminds citizens that it is important to know that if you have been in close contact, defined as less than six feet away from someone COVID-19 positive for more than 10 to 30 minutes without a face covering, then it is better to wait 4 to 7 days from exposure before getting tested so the test results are more accurate. If you get tested too soon the result could be inaccurate. If you have questions, call 828-764-9168.

A total of 19 COVID-19 cases were reported Thursday in Caldwell County, increasing the overall total to 574, with six deaths. There were 17 Caldwell County coronavirus patients hospitalized Thursday, one more than the previous update. Two more positive cases were reported at Brockford Inn Assisted Living. The facility currently has 41 residents and 19 employees who have tested positive for the virus.

COVID-19 testing is available at the Caldwell County Health Department. To be tested at the Health Department, call 828-426-8446. Caldwell UNC Health Care offers testing at its Respiratory Diagnostic Center in front of Quest4Life. This is a drive-thru clinic and does not require an appointment. Area health care providers are also offering testing. Most of these providers request that patients call prior to arriving for testing.

People who are tested should receive their results from the provider who tested them. If a person tests positive, they will be released from quarantine by the provider who tested them.

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