For the first time since the pandemic began, Lincoln County's number of active COVID-19 cases actually declined in the latest report from the County Health Dept. The Health Dept. has reduced its reports to twice weekly--on Tuesday & Thursday.
On Tuesday (July 21st) the number of active cases was listed as 141. That compares with 152 last Friday (July 17th). The big reason was that many of what had been active cases are now past the quarantine period and are listed as recovered. The number of recovered cases increased from 364 Friday to 423 Tuesday. There were 35 people awaiting results of their tests, and the county still had only had two deaths from COVID-19.
Health Director Davin Madden told County Commissioners at their meeting Monday night that based on the contact tracing done by the Health Dept., he believes that as many as 25-30% of Lincoln County residents may already have had the disease. Madden said that's still a long way from 'herd immunity,' which he said would require that about 75% had survived a coronavirus infection.
Most of the other area counties did not see a reduction in active cases, but the spike in new cases did lessen. Gaston County reported 1,038 active cases on Monday, up from 1,021 Friday--but that was the smallest increase in recent days. While the number of new cases didn't increase as much, the county did have three new deaths, bringing the total to 22.
Catawba County reported 38 new cases on Tuesday as the number of active cases there swelled to nearly 600. The county also reported another death, the 17th related to COVID-19. 28 Catawba County residents were hospitalized from the virus.
Cleveland County, like Lincoln, had a reduction in active cases from Friday to Monday--down from 139 to 136. Cleveland County has had 11 deaths from COVID-19.
Statewide, the number of people hospitalized related to COVID-19 set a new record Tuesday--1,178 people. 1,815 new cases of the disease were reported Tuesday. The percentage of tests that were positive was 8%. It has varied from 7% to 10% over the past few weeks. 26 new deaths were reported, bring the total to 1,668.