9/22/2020 5:30:00 PM Eight More Deaths Reported In Area Counties Since Friday
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
76 new cases of the coronavirus since last week pushed Lincoln County's active case number to 128 on Tuesday, compared to 98 Friday. 45 more people are said to have recovered from COVID-19 bringing the total recoveries to 1,355. One more person died from the disease since last week, increasing that number to 15. 27 people were awaiting test results on Tuesday.
Gaston County has experienced four more deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 22nd) report shows the county's death toll from the disease at 80. The number of active cases has increased slightly to 1,343, but the good news is that the percentage of positive tests for the virus has decreased to the lowest level in three months. It was 7.95% for the week of Sept. 6-12. 36 Gaston County residents remain hospitalized because of the virus. 3,469 who were infected are said to have recovered.
Catawba County has added one more death to its report--now 53. The county had 16 new confirmed cases Tuesday. The number of people hospitalized is now 11.
Cleveland County reported 197 active cases and 58 deaths Monday (Sept. 21st).
One area publication made a point of reporting last week that Lincoln County's increase in new cases was among the highest percentage-wise in North Carolina. It is true that the number of new cases is up slightly--but Lincoln has still had far fewer cases and deaths (including per capita) of any county in our area. If your total cases is a small number, an increase shows as a bigger percentage increase than if your numbers were large.
The North Carolina Dept. of Health & Human Services releases an update every Tuesday & Friday on clusters and outbreaks of COVID-19 at schools and child care facilities. In schools or child care facilities, a cluster isdefined as a minimum of five laboratory confirmed cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period. In congregate living facilities, an outbreak is considered two or more laboratory-confirmed cases.
Last week, the DHHS listed a cluster at a daycare facility, the Mini Academy Daycare in Denver. Five staff members and two children were confirmed to have the disease. So far, that is the only school or daycare cluster reported for Lincoln County. In Gaston County, the Webb Street School had to be temporarily closed after four staff members and one student were confirmed infected. There have been other individual cases of the disease in many Gaston County schools and a few in Lincoln County, but none were listed on the cluster report from NCDHHS Tuesday (Sept. 22nd).
The Tuesday (Sept. 22nd) report on Ongoing Outbreaks of COVID-19 in Congregate Living Settings shows that only one Lincoln County facility is said still to have active cases of the disease. At Lincolnton Rehabilitation Center, 10 staff members and three residents were confirmed as positive cases. Some of them may have fully recovered, but the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services lists a facility on its update as long as there are two or more active cases.
Long-term care facilities have been a significant part of the deaths in our area. Eight of Lincoln County's 15 deaths from the coronavirus were associated with congregate living.
Among those still with active cases; Brian Center-Hickory East has now had 10 deaths after 24 residents and 7 staff members were confirmed infected; Cleveland Pines Nursing Home in Shelby has had three deaths after 17 staff members and 57 residents were confirmed infected; White Oak Manor in Shelby had 4; White Oak Manor, Kings Mtn. has now had 24 after another resident died; Belaire Health Care Center, Gastonia, 8; and Trinity Ridge, Catawba County, 6, although that facility no longer has any active cases.
Wellington House in Gastonia has 39 residents and four staff members infected, but no deaths. Morningside Assisted Living has three staff members and eight residents infected. Accordius Care, Gastonia, and Peak Resources, Gastonia, both have staff members infected but no residents confirmed to have the disease. Conover Nursing and Rehab has one staff member and two residents infected. Peak Resources in Shelby has six staff members infected. Summit Place in Kings Mtn. has one resident and three staff members with the disease.
North Carolina had 1,168 more cases and 39 additional deaths reported Tuesday. There are now 195,549 confirmed cases and 3,286 related deaths statewide. The statewide positive testing rate is 5.4%.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 739 new confirmed cases and 30 new probable cases Tuesday, 30 additional confirmed deaths and 3 new probable deaths. To date, South Carolina has had 137,406 confirmed cases, 3,383 probable cases, 3,067 confirmed deaths, and 176 more probable deaths. South Carolina's positive test rate on Tuesday was 15.7%.
The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 1,017 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in that state on Tuesday,, bringing the total to 308,221. Georgia has had 6,677 coronavirus-related deaths after 73 new deaths were reported on Tuesday.
NORTH CAROLINA confirmed cases 195,549 cases in last seven days 8,600 cases per 100,000 population 1.872 deaths per 100,000 population 31
SOUTH CAROLINA confirmed cases 137,406 cases in last seven days 5,444 cases per 100,000 population 2,717 deaths per 100,000 population 63
GEORGIA confirmed cases 308,221 cases in last seven days cases per 100,000 population 2,922 deaths per 100,000 population 62
Nationally, the cases per 100,000 population is 2,063. Deaths per 100,000 population is 60. As of Monday (Sept. 21st, the CDC said there had been 199,462 COVID-19 related deaths in the US. The World Health Organization places US deaths at over 205,000.
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