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:
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