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COVID-19 Data for April 1

4/3/2020

As of 4 PM Friday, 601 Mecklenburg County residents have now tested positive for COVID-19 with three deaths.

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena R. Diorio, Public Health Director Gibbie Harris, Emergency Management Chief Robert Graham and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Deputy Chief Jeff Estes provided updates on the situation at an afternoon news conference.

Included were additional details of plans announced yesterday for a mass care field hospital for as many as 3,000 at UNC Charlotte requested by Atrium and Novant healthcare systems.

To support that request, Diorio provided a graphic showing the potential need for additional hospital beds that could occur between mid-April and mid-May.

Officials say the extent of that need will be impacted by compliance with the County's Stay at Home Order and social distancing guidelines.

That graphic, map and new demographic data from the Mecklenburg County Health Department is included below at this link.

As of April 1, 2020, 466 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) among county residents were reported to Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH).

MCPH provides these routine updates about reported cases of COVID-19 to help our community better understand how this pandemic is developing in our county. These results only reflect laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 among county residents. Many individuals infected by COVID-19 have not been tested because they are asymptomatic or do not meet current CDC recommendations for testing. As such, these results are very fluid and only represent a snapshot of the true burden of COVID-19 in our community.

Daily case counts provided by MCPH may differ from state and federal counts due to delays in reporting to the various entities. MCPH updates case counts after an initial case review and, where possible, a patient interview is conducted, which includes confirming county residency. Cases reported after 5 PM are counted in the following day's case count.

Highlights about the 466 reported cases of COVID-19 among Mecklenburg County residents include:

 

  • About 3 in 4 reported cases were adults ages 20 to 59 years old. Five cases were youth under 20 years old.
  • Younger adults make up most cases for all racial/ethnic groups except non-Hispanic Blacks, for whom one-third of cases were older adults (≥ 60 years) and only a quarter were in the youngest age group (20 to 39 years).
    • At this time, we do not believe the racial/ethnic differences observed in our data are related to the spread of COVID-19 or differences in the susceptibility of certain groups to being infected by COVID-19.
    • These differences are more likely related to the current testing criteria, which is focused on symptomatic patients, and underlying racial/ethnic disparities in rates of chronic conditions that increase severity of illness with COVID-19.

       
  • About 1 in 5 reported cases overall were hospitalized due to their COVID-19 infection. However, hospitalization rates among older adults (≥ 60 years) were significantly higher – 1 in 2 were hospitalized.
     
  • Three deaths due to COVID-19 occurred among reported cases.
     
  • About a third of reported cases have been released from isolation.
    • Individuals released from isolation met the CDC criteria to no longer isolate: ≥72 hours passed since resolution of symptoms (e.g. fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms) AND ≥7 days passed since symptoms first appeared.
       
  • There were reported cases of COVID-19 throughout our entire community.
    • There were 45 reported cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents in the county. Crude rates vary considerably across zip codes within the county. We expect these rates to fluctuate as the situation continues to evolve.


Total COVID-19 Cases Reported to MCPH by Date (as of April 1, 2020)

Select Characteristics of COVID-19 Cases Reported to MCPH (as of April 1, 2020)


Hospitalization Rates by Age Group among COVID-19 Cases Reported to MCPH (as of April 1, 2020)

Distribution of COVID-19 Cases Reported to MCPH by Zip Code of Patient’s Residence (as of April 1, 2020)


COVID-19 Cases (per 100,000 residents) Reported to MCPH by Zip Code of Patient’s Residence (as of April 1, 2020)

It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources like MCPH, CDC and NCDHHS.

For more information, visit CDC’s website  and NCDHHS’ website, which will also include future positive COVID-19 test results in North Carolina.

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