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COVID-19 Data for April 12


Retailers Must Spread Out As Mecklenburg County Cases Now At 975 With Three Additional Deaths

Starting today, grocery stores, box stores, home improvement outlets and other essential retailers in Mecklenburg County and across the state must limit the amount of people in their stores.

The additional order from Governor Roy Cooper goes into effect at 5 pm. The order also requires stores to mark six-foot distances for customers to stand at checkout counters and urges employers to provide sneeze shields and other protective gear to workers. The change comes as Mecklenburg County Public Health reported its latest numbers and data. 

As of 4:30 pm today, 975 County residents have tested positive for the disease, with 15 deaths, three more than yesterday. 

Public Health Director Gibbie Harris and County Manager Dena R. Diorio will update the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on the efforts to manage the pandemic Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 2:30 pm during the Board’s Public Policy meeting

As of April 12, 2020, 951 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 p.m. are counted in the following day's case count.

Highlights about the 951 reported cases of COVID-19 among Mecklenburg County residents include:

  • About 3 in 4 reported cases were adults ages 20 to 59 years old. Two reported cases were among children less than a year old. 
  • About 1 in 5 reported cases were hospitalized due to their COVID-19 infection. While everyone is at risk for severe COVID-19 complications, reported cases who were older adults (≥ 60 years) were four times more likely to be hospitalized compared to younger individuals. 
  • More than half of reported cases have met CDC criteria to be released from isolation. 
  • Twelve deaths due to COVID-19 occurred among reported cases. All deaths were among older adults (≥ 60 years) with underlying chronic illnesses. Almost all were hospitalized, two-thirds were male, and half were non-Hispanic Black. 
  • Individuals who have chronic illnesses like heart disease, respiratory illnesses, diabetes, and hypertension are more likely to experience severe complications and death due to COVID-19. Persisting disparities in rates of these chronic illnesses and adequate access to health resources among non-Hispanic Blacks are driving inequities in illness and death related to COVID-19 in our community and many communities nationwide. 

More data on COVID-19 cases reported in Mecklenburg County as of April 12, 2020:

Total COVID-19 Cases Reported to MCPH by Date (as of April 12, 2020)

Select Characteristics of COVID-19 Cases Reported to MCPH (as of April 12, 2020)

Hospitalization Rates by Age Group among COVID-19 Cases Reported to MCPH (as of April 12, 2020)

Distribution of COVID-19 Cases Reported to MCPH by Zip Code of Patient’s Residence (as of April 12, 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. The best resource for information about COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County is the County’s COVID-19 website. Individuals can also call the County’s COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400. For more information, please visit the CDC’s website and NCDHHS’ website, which will also include future positive COVID-19 test results in North Carolina.