COVID-19 Update (August 20, 2021)

LENOIR, NC (August 20, 2021) — Here is the COVID-19 Update for Friday, August 20, 2021. “Due to the rising number of COVID cases in our community, we will resume updates on Mondays and Wednesdays.” – Caldwell County Health Department

Data in graphic below is from the Caldwell County Health Department on Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Caldwell County Total Population Vaccination Status (08-20-2021):
People Vaccinated with at Least One Dose: 33,389
People Fully Vaccinated: 30,641
Percent of Population Vaccinated with at Least One Dose: 41%
Percent of Population Fully Vaccinated: 37% (state average is 59%)

Masks Required On School Buses

From Caldwell County Schools…“Mask-wearing will be optional for students and staff in grades K-12 as we begin this year. Face Coverings on buses and other school transportation will be required as this is a federal mandate. Our bus routes will run on a more normal schedule.”

Rowan-Salisbury Schools Board of Education votes to require masks in classrooms

WBTV…Back-To-School: Local school districts make decisions on mask-wearing for students, teachers

FREE TESTING is available at the Caldwell County Health Department. Call 828-426-8400 to schedule a same-day appointment. For information about other testing providers, visit the NC DHHS Test Site Finder.

To schedule a FREE COVID VACCINE appointment, call 828-426-8400, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
** SAME DAY appointments may be available**

5 Things To Know About the Delta Variant

1. Delta is more contagious than the other virus strains.

2. Unvaccinated people are at risk.

3. Delta could lead to ‘hyperlocal outbreaks.’

4. There is still more to learn about Delta.

5. Vaccination is the best protection against Delta.

“The predominant COVID-19 strain has put the focus back on prevention.”

“The highest spread of cases and severe outcomes is happening in places with low vaccination rates.”

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Statewide Daily Cases Reported

May 4, 2021 – 981 (last day we kept data earlier this year)

August 16, 2021 – 3378 (day we resumed keeping data)

August 17, 2021 – 3575

August 18, 2021 – 5256

August 19, 2021 – 7020

August 20, 2021 – 6631


Red indicates weekly cases, White indicates weekly deaths, and Green indicates weekly doses administered. Graphic from Johns Hopkins University.


Daily infections projections. Graphic from Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation of Washington University.