60 new coronavirus cases in Meck. County ends local stay-at-home order to match NC rules

Jene J. Long

Mecklenburg County’s total coronavirus cases reached 1,627, according to state health data Thursday morning, and local officials say at least 734 of those people have recovered.

County health officials said Thursday 49 people with COVID-19 have died locally.

The state’s tally adds 60 new cases from the previous day, the Department of Health and Human Services reported.

The number of new cases on Thursday is slightly higher than what the county has seen for the last seven days. In the last week, the county has seen average of 38 new cases each day.

However, health officials have said the day-to-day change in the number of cases will fluctuate, based on testing backlog, criteria for testing, and access to tests. Mecklenburg County’s health director has warned that the number of cases is a limited view, and that many people who have COVID-19 may not be tested.

Mecklenburg, which unlike the state reports only cases among county residents, reported 1,612 cases on Wednesday.

About 63% of the people diagnosed with COVID-19 have been released from isolation, the county’s health director said.

Statewide, DHHS reported 561 new cases Thursday, for a total of 10,509 and 24 more deaths, for a total of 378.

Mecklenburg earlier this week announced it would end its local stay-at-home order, opting instead to follow North Carolina’s uniform restrictions on businesses and gatherings. The change brings looser restrictions on funeral services and some businesses such as landscaping, phone repair stores, and auto dealerships. Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order also permits more parks and recreation activity than the local order did. Mecklenburg’s local stay-at-home rules ended Wednesday.

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Mecklenburg COVID-19 update

As of April 27 — the last date demographic data was available — county coronavirus data show:

An average of about 70 people with lab-confirmed coronavirus infections were hospitalized at acute-care facilities in the past week. Those numbers reflect a slight decrease over the past two weeks, according to Mecklenburg health officials.

An average of 9% of people who were tested were positive, showing a stable two-week trend with no significant increases or decreases, health officials say.

About 3 in 4 people diagnosed with COVID-19 locally were adults ages 20 to 59 years old.

About 1 in 6 people diagnosed were hospitalized due to their illness. People age 60 or older were four times as likely to need hospital care compared to younger people with coronavirus.

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