Most county offices and services will be closed for the Independence Day holiday, but county parks will be open. Learn more.

Coronavirus/COVID-19

Visit the NC DHHS COVID-19 North Carolina Dashboard

COVID-19 surveillance is changing, as key metrics – such as testing positivity rates and total case counts – have become more difficult to quantify due to at-home testing. We have linked to the state dashboard in order to remain consistent with new metrics the state is using to track COVID-19.

Vaccinations are being offered at many locations throughout Catawba County, including some local physician offices, pharmacies and urgent cares. For a list of vaccination providers near you, click HERE.

How to Get Vaccinated with Us: Appointments are preferred, but not required.

Schedule an Appointment by Phone: Call the Catawba County Public Health COVID-19 Referral & Information Line at 828-282-2002 to speak to an appointment specialist and schedule your appointment.

Questions about Boosters/Additional Doses? Learn more here.

Free Transportation to Local Vaccination Appointments:Greenway Public Transportation

Lookup/Print Your Vaccination Record:Instructions

Before and After Your Vaccination: FAQ

Check My Symptoms Tool

Testing is widely available throughout Catawba County at physician offices, pharmacies and more. Find a site close to you: Find My Testing Place

Drive-through testing is offered by Star Med Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., weather permitting, in the parking lot behind Catawba County Public Health, 3070 11th Avenue Drive SE, Hickory, NC 28602. No appointment needed, no cost to the patient, and no ID required. Please fill out the StarMed registration form before arrival.

At-home tests:

(Beginning July 1, 2022)Catawba County Public Health is a Community Access Point for free at-home COVID-19 test kits. A few guidelines for individuals who want to receive the kits:

  • There is no residency requirement. Individuals do not have to live in Catawba County.
  • Individuals picking up the tests must be over the age of 14.
  • Individuals may pick-up up to 10 tests per person, per visit.

Tests can be used for community events. Call 828-695-5800 to make arrangements.

Slow the Spread English, Spanish

If you are not vaccinated, it's still important for you to remember your Ws! English, Spanish
Wear a face covering.
Wait 6 feet apart from other people.
Wash your hands often.

Catawba County Community Resource Inventory

Local COVID-19 Relief Program: Catawba County residents experiencing a financial hardship with paying their mortgage, rent, utilities or other expense due to the COVID-19 pandemic may apply online or in person at ECCCM, located at 245 East N Street in Newton. No appointment is required. (828) 465-1702.

Child Care/Parenting Resources
NCDHHS Child Care Hotline: 1-888-600-1685 (English, Spanish)
Catawba County Partnership for Children/Children's Resource Center COVID-19 Child Care/Parenting Resources

Food Assistance - State Benefits
Apply Online / Apply in Person: Catawba County Social Services, 3030 11th Avenue Dr. SE, Hickory. (828) 695-5600. No appointment required.
Pandemic EBT
Use Your EBT Card Online
North Carolina WIC

Food Assistance - Local Meals & Pantries
The Corner Table Soup Kitchen
Hickory Soup Kitchen
Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry (ECCCM)
Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry (GHCCM)
Sheetz Bag Meals for Children
Hickory Public Schools
Newton Conover City Schools
Catawba County Schools
Senior Nutrition Services

Call Ahead to the Following Organizations:
Sherrills Ford Community Food Pantry and Clothes Closet 828-478-9652
Springs Road Baptist Church 828-256-5340
Hickory Church of Christ 828-464-4983
Highland United Methodist Church 828-327-8066
Hopewell United Methodist Church 828-478-9625
Centro Latino 828-330-0477
AIDS Leadership Foothills Area Alliance (ALFA) 828-322-1447
Council on Aging (West Hickory Senior Center) 828-328-2269

Employment/Unemployment Resources
COVID-19 NC Unemployment Insurance Information
NCWorks COVID-19 Jobs Information Hub

Mental Health Resources
Local Assistance/Partners Behavioral Health Management: 1-888-235-HOPE (4673)
Hope4NC Helpline: 1-855-587-3463
Hope4Healers Helpline:(919) 226-2002

Business Resources
Catawba County Economic Development Corporation
The Chamber of Catawba County

While vaccines provide the best protection from COVID-19, treatment options such as Monoclonal Antibodies are available if you have had symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days or less or have been exposed to COVID-19. If taken early, they can reduce the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death. Ask your doctor about Monoclonal Antibodies or call the Combat COVID Monoclonal Antibodies Call Center at 1-877-332-6585 (English) or 1-877-366-0310 (Spanish). Info and eligibility