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​Data for March 2, 2022


Mecklenburg County, NC – As of March 2, 2022 there were 271,497 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with 1,569 deaths due to COVID-19 reported among Mecklenburg County residents. 
Highlights about the COVID-19 situation in Mecklenburg County as of March 2 include:
  • Reported Cases and Deaths Summary
    • In the month of February, an average of 382 laboratory confirmed infections per day were reported, compared to an average of 2,475 confirmed infections in January. This represents a decrease over the last month. These data are based on Mecklenburg resident cases reported to MCPH.
    • As of March 1, 2022, MCPH has received matched and confirmed reports of 58,036 cases of COVID-19 among residents who have been vaccinated with two doses or one dose J&J (8.4% of vaccinated residents).
    • Sixty-six deaths due to COVID-19 occurred among reported cases between February 1 – 28, 2022
      • Eighty percent of the deaths were among older adults (≥ 60 years), and 14 deaths occurred in adults ages 40 to 59.
      • Almost 41% of deaths were Hispanic residents and 22.7% were Non-Hispanic Black residents. Disparities are largely driven by higher rates of underlying chronic conditions that increase risk of severe complications due to COVID-19 infection among these communities.

  • Wastewater Monitoring Network Summary
    • North Carolina is currently collecting wastewater data from four wastewater treatment plants in Mecklenburg County, where 35% of the population are served by these treatment plants.
    • All monitoring sites indicate decreasing detection levels over the past month.

  • Variant Surveillance Summary
    • From February 8 – 12,2022, Omicron represented 100% of specimens sequenced here in the County.

  • COVID-Like Illness (CLI) Emergency Department (ED) Visits Summary
    • Four hundred thirty-nine ED visits between February 11 – 24,2022, down 56% from the previous 2-week period
    • During the past month, an average of 343 individuals with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 infections were hospitalized at acute care facilities in Mecklenburg County. This represents a decrease trend from the previous month. These data are based on daily census counts from acute care facilities in Mecklenburg County reporting to MCPH.

  • Vaccination Progress Summary
    • Sixty-seven percent of all residents have received at least one dose
    • Sixty-three percent of residents have received two doses or one dose J&J
    • Thirty percent of all residents have received an additional/booster dose
    • In February 2022, 36% of completed series doses were administered to African Americans, 59% to Non-Hispanic residents, and children 5-11 yrs. accounted for 46% of these doses

  • Data between February 1- 28, 2022 are presented in more detail below. MCPH provides these routine updates about COVID-19 indicators to help our community better understand how this pandemic is developing in our county.

  • The next data release will be April 8, 2022. Between news releases, please visit the NCDHHS’ website at and the CDC’s website at for current data on Mecklenburg County.    

COVID-19 Community Levels

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals and communities follow and understand COVID-19 Community Levels to help them determine the COVID-19 safety precautions they should follow. An area's COVID-19 Community Level is combination of the following three measures:

    1. New COVID-19 hospital admissions in the past week
    2. The percent of staffed inpatient hospital beds occupied by patients with COVID-19
    3. Total new COVID-19 cases in the past week

The three COVID-19 Community Levels are low, medium, and high. You can check the COVID-19 Community Level by county on CDC’s Website.


As of March 4, 2022, Mecklenburg County’s COVID-19 Community Level is Low.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions Based on COVID-19 Community Level*
Low Medium High
·  Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.
·  Get tested if you have symptoms.
·  Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.
·  Get tested if you have symptoms.
·  If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions.
·  Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.
·  Get tested if you have symptoms.
·  Wear a mask indoors in public.
·  Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness.
*People may choose to wear a mask at any time. People with COVID-19 symptoms, positive COVID-19 test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask around others. ​

More data on the epidemiology of COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County 

between February 1 - 28, 2022:

COVID-19 Cases Reported to MCPH in the Past Month

(February 1 – 28, 2022)

7-Day Total COVID-19 Case Rate (per 100,000)

(February 1 – 28, 2022)

Profile of Newly Reported Cases in the Past Month (February 1 – 28, 2022)

COVID-19 Cases per 100,000 Reported to MCPH by Zip Code of Patient's Residence

Past 14 Days (February 22 – 28, 2022)

Total COVID-19 Case Rate
per 100,000 (as of 02/28/2022)
7-Day Case Rate
per 100,000 (as of 02/28/2022)
Change Over Past

COVID-19 Deaths Reported to MCPH in the Past Month

(February 1 – 28, 2022)

The following profile examines COVID-19 deaths reported to Mecklenburg County. Deaths are typically reported within hours but may be delayed by several days. As new deaths are reported, they are included in the date the person died, and so previous data can change.


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Selected Characteristics
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March 1 – December 31, 2020 January 1 – December 31, 2021 January 1 –February 28, 2022
594 Deaths 776 Deaths 199 Deaths
All Deaths
% of Deaths % of Deaths % of Deaths

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≥ 6086.6%74.3%77.9%



*Non- Hispanic


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African American*35.2%37.4%27.1%
Alaskan Native/American Indian*--<1.0%<1.0%

Death Type
Community51.7%85.2% 53.8%

COVID-19 Percent Positivity Rates (February 1 – 28,2022) 

COVID-19 percent positivity rates in this profile are based on molecular (PCR) testing data, which is a subset of total tests reported in the county. Percent positivity rates are impacted by the number of total tests reported electronically and may be influenced by reporting delays.

Note: MCPH will no longer utilize the CDC's Indicators of Community Transmission to monitor COVID-19 in our community. Instead, please refer to the new COVID-19 Community Levels discussed previously in the report.

Covid-19 Virus Detection in Wastewater at Monitoring Sites

(as of February 23,2022)­­­­

Description: North Carolina is currently collecting wastewater data from four wastewater treatment plants in Mecklenburg County, where 391,133 people are served by these treatment plants (35% of population).

Detection Proportion: The detection proportion of SARS-CoV-2 RNA (COVID-19) in wastewater is presented. The detection proportion is the percent calculated by dividing the 15-day rolling sum of SARS-CoV-2 detections by the 15-day rolling sum of the number of tests for each sewershed and multiplying by 100.

Status Level: Assigned to assist with the interpretation of the detection proportion percentiles for community response.

These data may be incomplete for the report period due to processing and reporting delays. All data should be considered preliminary. Data may change as new information becomes available.

For more information about Wastewater Monitoring visit

Data Source: North Carolina Wastewater Monitoring Network

COVID-19 Variant Surveillance 

(as of February 12,2022)

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) allows tracking of genetic changes in the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) and helps identify variants that are present within the community. Variant Surveillance is conducted in partnership with the UNC Charlotte Environmental Monitoring Laboratory. Strain prevalence is identified each week among specimens sequenced by the UNC Charlotte Laboratory. Currently, Omicron is the only variant detected in the specimens sequenced.

Variant Detection in North Carolina as of February 26,2022 (provided by NCDHHS)

The Omicron Variant has been the most commonly circulating variant since the week ending December 25, 2021. The Omicron Variant was first detected in North Carolina the week ending December 11, 2021. For the week ending February 19, 2022, the most recent data available, Omicron represented 99% of sequenced viruses.

COVID-Like Illness (CLI)* Emergency Department

(January 28 – February 24, 2022)

Emergency Department visits for persons experiencing Covid-like illness but excludes visits that have an influenza diagnosis. If an ED visit has an influenza diagnosis and a covid-related diagnosis the ED visit is NOT excluded.

Daily Hospital Census of Patients with 

Laboratory Confirmed COVID-194

(February 1 – 28, 2022)

Hospital Census Data reflect the daily number of people with COVID-19 that are hospitalized at Atrium Health and Novant Health acute care facilities in Mecklenburg County. One person with COVID-19 can stay in the hospital for multiple days, and so this reflects the number of people reported by hospitals.

COVID-19 Vaccination Data, Mecklenburg County: 

December 14, 2020 – February 28, 2022*
(based on data submitted to NC DHHS by NC Providers and Federal Pharmacy Programs)

Demographics of Mecklenburg Residents
(based on all Vaccination Programs administering doses to Mecklenburg Residents)

Trends in Number of COVID-19 Vaccinations in Mecklenburg County

COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered (by Month)

Demographics of Mecklenburg Residents With 

At Least One Vaccine Dose

(based on all Vaccination Programs administering doses to Mecklenburg Residents)

Percent of Population Vaccinated with At Least One Vaccine Dose

Percent of Population Vaccinated with Two Doses or one JJ (Completed Series)

Percent of Population Vaccinated with Additional Dose

Percent of Residents Vaccinated with Booster/Additional Dose 

(as of February 28,2022)

By Zip Code of Reported Residency (preliminary data)

Congregate Living Settings with Active COVID-19 Outbreak

(as of March 1, 2022) 


Updated every Tuesday at:

Total Active Outbreaks in Congregate Living Settings:  55
Total Active Clusters in Child Care and School Settings: 8

Source: NC DHHS COVID-19 Outbreak and Cluster Reporting

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 website, Individuals can also call the County's COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400.

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