Two more county residents died of COVID-19, county officials said in a press release.

The two people who died were over the age of 75, had been hospitalized, and were reported to have other health problems. No other information about the two was released.

The county also reported that five staff members at the Caldwell County Courthouse have tested positive over the last two weeks, qualifying as a cluster.

Two clerks, two bailiffs, and a prosecutor tested positive for the virus, District Attorney Scott Reilly said. The prosecutor has been hospitalized, Reilly said.

Anyone who has visited the Caldwell County Courthouse in the past 10 days should monitor for COVID-like symptoms. Symptoms, which may appear two to 14 days after exposure, include:

• Fever or chills

• Cough

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• Fatigue

• Muscle or body aches

• Headache

• New loss of taste or smell

• Sore throat

• Congestion or runny nose

• Nausea or vomiting

• Diarrhea

There are 554 active cases of COVID-19 in Caldwell County, out of 1,494 confirmed cases. Twenty-four people have now died from the virus, and 21 people are hospitalized.

Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721.

Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721. 

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