Two additional Mecklenburg County residents have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19, bringing the total countywide to four. Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris says that both are being isolated at home. Family members are being quarantined as well. Public Health is also identifying potential contacts and notifying them of any need for precautions. Following a statewide declaration earlier this week, Mecklenburg County has also declared a local State of Emergency. The declaration allows the County access to state and federal funds to offset the costs of fighting the pandemic. Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners Chairman George Dunlap, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, along with the mayors of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville signed the declaration this weekend. Saturday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper also issued a statewide Public Health order, immediately prohibiting the size of mass gatherings of more than 100 people. To help coordinate the community’s response, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management has activated the Emergency Operations Center. It will remain open until the threat from the pandemic subsides. Those who may have COVID-19 symptoms—fever, cough and shortness of breath—are reminded to CALL FIRST before seeking treatment from a healthcare provider, urgent care or emergency room.Those most at risk are people 65 and older and those with underlying medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease.Additional guidance, tips and the latest on Mecklenburg County’s efforts to battle COVID-19 are posted daily at MeckNC.gov.
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