CCHD COVID-19 Update #287 (March 5, 2021)

Note: The Caldwell County Health Department will be releasing updates two times a week going forward.

LENOIR, NC (March 5, 2021) — Here is the Caldwell County Health Department COVID-19 Update for Friday, March 5, 2021.

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Caldwell County learned of its 137th COVID-19-related death — a patient over the age of 75 — while experiencing the fewest cases per week since September.

This week, the county reported 102 cases compared to 164 last week and 161 the week prior.

Due to the recent decline in cases, hospitalizations, and positivity rate, Caldwell County is now ranked yellow in the state’s COVID County Alert System. Yellow is the lowest tier in the three-tiered system.

“We’ve seen a significant drop in cases over the last few weeks, but it’s still important for people to take precautions — wear a mask, wait six feet apart, wash your hands, and when it’s your turn, get your vaccination,” said Caldwell County Public Health Director Anna Martin.

In Caldwell County, 22,685 doses of vaccines have been administered — 13,229 first doses and 9,456 second.

Caldwell County Health Department, Caldwell UNC Health Care, and Walgreens Hudson and Lenoir locations all offer the vaccine. The Health Department has a waiting list for appointments. To be added to the waiting list, visit or call 828-426-8486 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about vaccination through Caldwell UNC Health Care, visit or call 828-757-6487. Information about scheduling an appointment at Walgreens can be found on their website.

CCHD COVID Dashboard 03-05-2021

For daily updates visit here.

Daily Infections Projection
Updated February 25, 2021
By the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
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Caldwell County Positivity Rate
(as of 03-05-2021)

Caldwell County
First Doses Administered: 13,229

Second Doses Administered: 9,456
Percentage First Doses: 16.10%
Percentage Second Doses: 11.51%
As of March 5, 2021
(This data includes doses administered by the Caldwell County Health Department
and Caldwell UNC Health Care.)

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(09-29-2019 to 05-16-2020) 186
(09-27-2020 to 05-08-2021) 6

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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