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COVID-19 Data Update for April 19

4/20/2020

As of 4:30 p.m. today, there were 1,231 county residents diagnosed with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with 31 related deaths. In an effort to keep the community informed, the following data is being updated since the previous data update was released.

Yesterday there were 1,186 cases of COVID-19 among county residents as 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 Mecklenburg 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, which includes an effort to confirm county residency. Cases reported after 5PM are counted in the following days case count.

New highlights about the 1,186 reported cases of COVID-19 among Mecklenburg County residents include:

 

  • About 3 in 4 reported cases were adults ages 20 to 59 years old. Three reported cases were among children less than a year old. 
  • More than half of reported cases have been determined to meet CDC criteria to be released from isolation. 
  • Twenty-nine deaths due to COVID-19 occurred among reported cases. All deaths occurred among adults with underlying chronic illnesses. Almost all were among older adults (≥ 60 years) and hospitalized. Nearly 3 in 5 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 19, 2020:



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

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

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

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

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


Looking Ahead: COVID-19 Projections for Mecklenburg County Region

What do the current COVID-19 projections tell us?

  • As expected with community spread and increased testing, there are more cases of COVID-19 being reported in our community.
  • There has not yet been a dramatic acceleration in new cases and the number of new cases each day is starting to trend downward. This suggests we continue to make progress toward "flattening the curve".
  • We must continue social and physical distancing in our community to maintain this progress.
  • When we "flatten the curve" we undoubtedly extend the peak out further.  While this may result in the same number of people being infected overall, the lower peak over a longer period of time allows the county and the healthcare systems to adequately prepare for extended capacity.
  • The "peak" dates refer to the estimated maximum hospital demand – it informs but does NOT determine the date we implement or suspend interventions, like the Stay at Home Order. Having a high and low bar and tentative dates, allows us to make informed decisions about when and to what degree we should act.
  • Projections produced on April 19, 2020 show we could start to overwhelm our health care system in mid-to late- June. This means we would not have enough beds, staffing, supplies, and life-saving ventilators to care for everyone in our community and region.

 

How are these projections created?

  • This modeling relies on methods that were developed by a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and are being used across the country.
  • These projections reflect data available as of April 19, 2020 and are quite volatile. Each new data entry or adjustment to the underlying assumptions will shift the projections.
  • These models are just like forecasting a hurricane. Expect to see new "forecasts" as we learn more about how COVID-19 is impacting our community.
  • For more about how these models are being created and used please see our FAQs

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NOTE: These projections were prepared by Mecklenburg County Public Health, in partnership with Atrium Health and Novant Health using the University of Pennsylvania's COVID-19 Hospital Impact Model for Epidemics (CHIME). These projections reflect expected hospital resource demand for the entire region, including neighboring counties in the primary service areas of both health systems.

 

There are 8 long-term care facilities (LTC) actively experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19, based on the CDC definition of an outbreak (>2 lab-confirmed cases). 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

 

  • Charlotte Square
    5820 Carmel Rd Charlotte, NC 28226


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.



close alertCounty services are operating at a limited capacity. Questions about COVID-19? Call Public Health Hotline: 980-314-9400