CCHD COVID-19 Update #278 (February 17, 2021)

LENOIR, NC (February 17, 2021) — Here is the Caldwell County Health Department COVID-19 Update for Tuesday, February 17, 2021.

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Caldwell County Health Department learned of a COVID-19-related death today and confirmed an outbreak.

The patient was between the ages of 65 and 74, was reported to have underlying health conditions, and had been hospitalized.

The outbreak is at Jonas Hill Hospital. In congregate settings, an outbreak of COVID-19 is defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed cases within a 28-day period.

Twenty-nine cases — 14 in the 28645 Zip code, 12 in 28630, and one in 28601 — were reported. Two patients are under the age of 17; three are between 18 and 24; 10 are between 25 and 49; 11 patients are between 50 and 64; one is between 65 and 74; and two are over the age 75.

Due to the predicted inclement weather, the Health Department has rescheduled all of Thursday’s vaccine appointments.

CCHD COVID Dashboard 02-17-2021

Sign up for the Health Department’s vaccine waiting list at To learn more about being vaccinated by Caldwell UNC Health Care, visit or call 828-757-6487.

Daily Infections Projection
Updated February 12, 2021
By the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
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Caldwell County
First Doses Administered: 10,896

Second Doses Administered: 6,212
Percentage First Doses: 13.26%
Percentage Second Doses: 7.56%
As of February 17, 2021
(This data includes doses administered by the Caldwell County Health Department
and Caldwell UNC Health Care.)

COVID-19 Related Information and News

Total Flu Deaths in NC
(09-29-2019 to 05-16-2020) 186
(09-27-2020 to 05-08-2021) 5

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Vaccination rollout plan
(DEEPER DIVE: Phase 1a. Health care workers
fighting COVID-19 & Long-Term Care)

The Caldwell County Health Department has started vaccinating people age 75 and older for COVID-19. While vaccinations are given by appointment only, they will add names to the waiting list. To sign up for the waiting list, visit People that are 75 and older can call (828) 426-8486 or (828) 426-8605. Please note, these phone lines are extremely busy. The Health Department staff will call to schedule the appointments. Vaccinations are being given inside at the Health Department.

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Dr. John Campbell
Provides daily COVID-19 updates