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Information on Novel Coronavirus (​COVID-19)

The CDC now recommends an updated "bivalent" COVID-19 booster, which targets the variants that are making people sick right now, for everyone aged 6 months and older. The number and timing of vaccine doses are determined by the age of the patient and brand of vaccine. Read the December 9 news release from the CDC for more information.

Visit an MCPH clinic or local pharmacy to get your bivalent booster and flu shot. Visit our COVID-19 vaccines page for more information.
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Safety & Prevention
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February 19 - March 18, 2023
(Updated March 22, 2023)

Early Warning Indicators
Wastewater Monitoring
Emergency Department (ED) Visits for COVID-19 Symptoms
  • All monitoring sites showed SARS-CoV-2 in a low percentage of the wastewater samples tested
  • Indicates low transmission of illness in County
  • 440 ED visits during February 24 - March 9, 2023
    • 28% decrease from previous 2-week period
  • Indicates low strain on emergency medical services in County
Health System Capacity
Hospital Admissions Reported COVID-19 Cases & Deaths
  • 14.1% of COVID-19-like illness visits during the current 14-day period resulted in hospital admissions
  • Indicates low strain on hospital systems in County
  • 1,356 reported cases during February 19 - March 4, 2023
  • 937 reported cases during March 5 - 18, 2023
    • 31% decrease from previous 2-week period
  • 16 reported deaths during February 19 - March 18, 2023
  • Indicates low transmission of illness in County
Vaccination Progress ​ ​ ​
  • 68% of residents have gotten at least 1 vaccine dose
  • 64% of residents have gotten the primary vaccine series (2 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, or Novavax or 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson)
  • 59% of residents have gotten the primary vaccine series and at least 1 booster/additional vaccine dose
  • 20% of residents have gotten the updated/bivalent vaccine dose
CDC COVID-19 Community Level
Combination of new COVID-19 hospital admissions, number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19, and new COVID-19 cases
Surveillance of Variants
Strains present in Mecklenburg County during February 2 - 9, 2023
  • COVID-19 Community Level as of March 22, 2023: Low
  • Indicates low burden of illness on County resources
Image showing Mecklenburg County's COVID-19 Community Level as low
  • XBB-like variants make up more than 70% of samples
Image showing COVID-19 strains in Mecklenburg County

COVID-19 Safety Precautions Based on COVID-19 Community Level*




  • Follow all recommendations for Low level PLUS the following recommendations:

*People may choose to wear a mask at any time. People with COVID-19 symptoms, positive COVID-19 test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask around others.


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Mecklenburg County Public Health

NC Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Disease Control