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COVID-19 Data for April 16


Working With Long-Term Care Facilities During COVID-19 and Data Update

Mecklenburg County, NC – With new data released today, Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) will begin identifying long-term care (LTC) facilities that report an outbreak of COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines an outbreak as two or more positive cases in an LTC facility.

The facility list will now be included in the biweekly data release MCPH provides.

The following facilities have been affected:

  • Hunter Woods Nursing & Rehab Center
    620 Tom Hunter Rd., Charlotte 28213
  • Huntersville Oaks
    10219 Verhoeff Dr., Huntersville 28078
  • Pavillion Health Center
    10011 Providence Rd. W, Charlotte 28277
  • Autumn Care of Cornelius
    19530 Mt. Zion Ave., Cornelius 28031
  • The Social at Cotswold
    3610 Randolph Rd., Charlotte 28211
  • Carrington Place Rehab & Living Center
    600 Fullwood Ln., Matthews 28105
  • The Laurels
    13180 Dorman Rd., Pineville 28134

"Our infectious disease prevention team continues to work nonstop to prevent and manage novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks in long-term care facilities and other congregate living settings," said Public Health Director Gibbie Harris.

Starting in March, MCPH conducted an educational conference call with all County LTC facilities to review guidance, infection control planning and response specific to COVID-19; including restricting visitation, reporting of cases, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and how to safely and effectively isolate and quarantine patients.

Our first reported case of COVID-19 in an LTC facility occurred earlier this month. MCPH provided guidance to the facility’s leadership and staff while working closely with them to implement infection control measures, including contact trace interviews and isolation/quarantine plans.

The process also includes implementing the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and MCPH recommendations for isolation of positive cases, additional transmission precautions for all residents, PPE including universal masking of staff, daily temperature/symptoms monitoring of all staff and residents.

MCPH has and will continue implementing this process to ensure all of our LTC facilities are supported, informed, and have the necessary supplies to prevent and manage COVID-19 outbreaks.

"We hope this new information will help everyone better understand how this virus is impacting our community and the importance of protecting the most vulnerable among us." says Harris.

As of today there are 1,136 cases of COVID-19 with 24 deaths.

As of April 16, 2020, 1,098 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) among county residents were reported to 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 5PM are counted in the following days case count.

Highlights about the 1,098 reported cases of COVID-19 among Mecklenburg County residents include:

  • About 3 in 4 reported cases were adults ages 20 to 59 years 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.
  • Twenty-one 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.

Total COVID-19 Cases Reported to MCPH by Date (as of April 16, 2020)

Select Characteristics of COVID-19 Cases Reported to MCPH (as of April 16, 2020)

Hospitalization Rates by Age Group among COVID-19 Cases Reported to MCPH (as of April 16, 2020)

Distribution of COVID-19 Cases Reported to MCPH by Zip Code of Patient’s Residence (as of April 16, 2020)

COVID-19 Cases (per 100,000 residents) Reported to MCPH by Zip Code of Patient’s Residence (as of April 16, 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.