If this Tuesday's (July 28th) report from the Lincoln County Health Dept. looks a lot like last Tuesday's, it's because the number of active cases of COVID-19 is once again listed as 141. That compares to a high of 152 on July 17th. One reason is that more of those who were infected are now listed as having recovered--a total of 531. There are still 28 people awaiting results of their tests. One bad note in the latest report; the county has recorded another death and now has three.
Catawba County reported three more COVID-19 related deaths Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 27. 28 new cases of the disease were reported. The Public Health Service doesn't report active cases, but since they update recovered cases on Wednesday, subtracting the 1,483 recovered and 27 deaths from the total of positive tests--1,825--would appear to confirm there are currently 315 known active cases in Catawba County. 17 people were hospitalized.
Gaston County reported 1,267 active cases Wednesday. 1,505 Gaston County residents are said to have recovered; there have been 33 deaths related ot the illness. 56 Gaston County residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 Wednesday.
Lincoln County won't release another report on the disease until Friday (July 31st).
North Carolina recorded another record for COVID-19 hospital cases for the second-straight day Wednesday. The NC Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,291 hospitalizations from the coronavirus, an increase of 47 patients since Tuesday. The state added 45 new deaths, bringing the total to 1,865.
You can add another to the list of annual events that won't be happening this year. For the first time since World War II, the NC State Fair has been cancelled. State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler made the announcement Wednesday morning.
Other events not happening in our area include the Lincoln County Apple Festival; Denver Days; and Shelby's Music, Mush & Mutts livermush festival.
Governor Roy Cooper issued a new edict Tuesday that becomes effective Friday, making restaurants stop serving alcoholic drinks after 11 PM. Several cities, including Charlotte, had already adopted an ordinance to that effect.
Hard as North Carolina has been hit, it's much, much worse in other states. Florida reported a new daily record of 216 new deaths Wednesday. 79 new COVID-19 related deaths were reported in Georgia, where the average over the last two weeks has been 40 per day. South Carolina reported 48 additional confirmed deaths and 4 new probable deaths. The positive rate of tests in South Carolina swelled to 19.9% Tuesday. North Carolina's positive test rate was 8%.