Geezzz Louise! As of February 9, 2021 there were 90,291 reported cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), not to mention the 805 deaths due to COVID-19 reported for our Mecklenburg County residents. Many individuals infected by COVID-19 have not been tested because they are asymptomatic. As such, these results are very fluid and only represent a fraction of the true burden of COVID-19 in our community. Highlights about the 89,717 COVID-19 cases reported in Mecklenburg County as of February 7, 2021 include:
About 3 in 4 reported cases were adults ages 20 to 59 years old. About 1 in 20 reported cases were hospitalized due to their COVID-19 infection. While everyone is at risk for severe COVID-19 complications, reported cases who were older adults (≥ 60 years) were more likely to be hospitalized compared to younger individuals. About 8 out of 10 have met CDC criteria to be released from isolation.
During the past week, an average of 507 laboratory confirmed infections per day were reported compared to the 14-day average of 559 confirmed infections. This represents a decrease over the last 14 days. These data are based on Mecklenburg resident cases reported to MCPH. During the past week, an average of 306 individuals with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 infections were hospitalized at acute care facilities in Mecklenburg County. This represents a decrease over the last 14 days. These data are based on daily census counts from acute care facilities in Mecklenburg County reporting to MCPH.
Nearly half of deaths were connected to active outbreaks at long-term care (LTC) facilities.
Among deaths not connected to outbreaks at long-term care facilities, nearly 3 in 4 were non-White, with 40 percent being non-Hispanic Black. As previously noted, these disparities are largely driven by higher rates of underlying chronic conditions that increase risk of severe complications due to COVID-19 infection among these communities. Based on publicly available mobility tracking data, social distancing represents a fairly stable trend in Mecklenburg County over the last 14 days. The latest data, maps and charts on local COVID-19 are available here on MeckNC.gov.