The following is joint statement from Mecklenburg County Public Health, Atrium Health and Novant Health systems regarding current Mecklenburg County hospitalizations due to COVID-19:Charlotte's hospitals currently have the capacity to care for additional COVID-19 patients. Both Atrium Health and Novant Health have been working diligently on preparedness plans, which includes increasing bed capacity and reinforcing supply chains. We're confident that because of these efforts, there will not be a need to again postpone non-emergent appointments or elective surgeries at this time. These services are vital to maintain for the health of our communities. While today we are not concerned about our capacity or preparedness to manage COVID-19 cases, we do share the state's concerns about the trends we're seeing.The latest Public Health data release shows that over the last week, an average of 175 patients are hospitalized in Mecklenburg County for COVID-19 treatment. While our ICU cases and ventilations remain steady, we are seeing an increase of cases that require hospitalization particularly among younger patients. Overall, approximately 20% of our hospital beds and intensive care unit beds are available at this time.Our hope is that we won't need to use our added beds and we'll begin to see a reversal in these trends. It's critical our communities continue to take COVID-19 seriously and follow recommended safety measures. Masking, physical distancing and hand washing is as critical as ever and we urge everyone to educate themselves on how to keep themselves – and their neighbors - safe. This not only helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, but helps our hospitals conserve valuable resources like PPE and continue providing care to all who need it.
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County services are operating at a limited capacity. Questions about COVID-19? Call Public Health Hotline: 980-314-9400