According to the Friday afternoon update from the Lincoln County Health Department, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Lincoln County is now about half of what it was on Tuesday of this week. The Friday report shows 72 active cases, compared with 141 Tuesday. The number of recovered cases has increased from 531 to 640. There are 33 people awaiting results of their tests and the county has had three deaths related to the illness.
Gaston County's active cases increased to 1,298, but that's a much smaller increase than in most recent reports--32 more cases than had been listed as active on Wednesday. Two more Gaston County residents died relative to the virus, bringing the death toll to 35.
Catawba County reported 36 new cases Friday. The death total there remained at 27; 25 Catawba County residents were hospitalized with COVID-19.
Catawba County Public Health is investigating a newly identified outbreak of COVID-19 at Catawba Valley Assisted Living, where one resident and three staff members have tested positive for the virus. The facility is informing residents, their family members, and staff about the situation.
This is the seventh congregate care facility outbreak identified in Catawba County. In a congregate living setting, a COVID-19 outbreak is defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed cases.
The facility has conducted additional testing and is working closely with Public Health to ensure control measures are in place to help prevent further spread of the disease.
Public Health is in frequent communication with facility administrators and has advised the facility on cleaning and disinfection, and other best practices for infection control, such as providing meals and separating residents.
Public Health is continuing daily monitoring of all congregate care facilities in our community in order to respond as quickly as possible to reports of potential illness.
Cleveland County reported 165 active cases Friday, 15 deaths and 16 people hospitalized.
Mecklenburg County reported 241 new cases Friday, but for the fourth straight week, the rate of positive tests in that county declined this week. It's now at 9.6%.
North Carolina's statewide report showed hospitalizations appear to be leveling off. 1,229 people were hospitalized with the virus on Friday. Earlier this week, the number of hospitalizations climbed to 1,291 but has now declined the last two days. The state's death toll from the disease is now 1,924.
A Friday afternoon briefing from Governor Roy Cooper and others had a different focus instead of just the coronavirus--the eastern part of the state may be hit by a hurricane early next week.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 1,346 new confirmed cases and 45 additional confirmed deaths. That brings the death toll there to 1,647, plus 65 probable deaths.
Georgia reported 81 more deaths Friday. The daily death toll there has been increasing. It averaged 19.71 from July 4-17, rose to 44.29 for July 18 until today.
The further south you go, the worse it gets. Florida reported a new record number of deaths for a day for the fourth straight day; 257 more deaths were reported Friday.