CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Catawba County officials confirmed Wednesday that they have identified another case of coronavirus, bringing the county’s total up to 28.
No information about the new patients, including their location, ages or how they may have contracted the virus has been released.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the county reported they have received 446 negative test results.
The new cases come just five days after county officials said a person has died due to complications associated with the coronavirus.
County officials say the patient was in their 70s and had underlying medical conditions. The person was hospitalized and died on March 30. Their name has not been released.
“We extend our deepest condolences to this person’s loved ones. This is news no one wants to hear,” said Catawba County Health Director Jennifer McCracken. “This death is an unfortunate milestone in our efforts to fight this disease, and one that none of us ever wanted to see.”
County officials stressed that “The county’s total case number is based on COVID-19 test results. Not all cases of COVID-19 are tested, so this does not represent the total number of people who have or had COVID-19.”
Moving forward, Catawba County will update new case numbers and total negative test results by 1 p.m. daily on its website, www.catawbacountync.gov.
If you have questions regarding COVID-19, call 1-866-462-3821 or NC 2-1-1.