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COVID-19 Data for May 20

5/22/2020
Charlotte, NC – As of today, there were 2,945 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with 73 deaths due to COVID-19 reported among Mecklenburg County residents. Data from two days ago is listed below.

Yesterday, a 43-year-old Mecklenburg County resident with no known underlying health conditions died related to COVID-19 infection. At this time, further details about the resident will not be released to protect their and their family’s privacy. This is a somber reminder that residents of any age are susceptible to COVID-19 infection, complications and even death.

As of May 20, 2020, 2,845 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 71 deaths due to 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 fraction 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 epidemiology of COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County as of May 20, 2020 include:

  • About 3 in 4 reported cases were adults ages 20 to 59 years old.
  • More than a third of reported cases are Hispanic – most of whom are younger adults. The high number of reported cases among young Hispanics over the last several weeks remains a significant concern. As previously noted, some factors influencing this trend include:
    • Targeted testing occurring in neighborhoods with lower access to care, some of which have larger Hispanic populations;
    • Higher proportions of Hispanics working in essential jobs that make social distancing difficult;
    • Significant household spread among large families; and
    • Pre-existing disparities in other social and economic determinants of health, like poverty.

    MCPH continues to expand outreach to Hispanic members of our community, including increased dissemination of the outreach toolkit in Spanish for community partners, setting up targeted outreach to Hispanic owned- and serving-businesses, and partnering with local organizations and media outlets to spread key prevention messages.
  • About 1 in 8 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 more likely to be hospitalized compared to younger individuals.
  • About 2 in 3 reported cases have met CDC criteria to be released from isolation.
  • During the past week, an average of 62 individuals with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infections were hospitalized at acute care facilities in Mecklenburg County. This represents a slight increase over the last 14-days. These data are based on daily census counts from acute care facilities in Mecklenburg County reporting to MCPH.
  • During the past week, an average of 6.3 percent of individuals who were tested were positive for COVID-19. This represents a slight decrease over the last 14-days. These data only include tests conducted by Atrium Health and Novant Health.

  • Seventy-one deaths due to COVID-19 occurred among reported cases.
    • Almost all deaths were among older adults (≥ 60 years), 4 deaths were adults ages 50 to 59.
    • All deaths occurred among adults with underlying chronic illnesses.
    • Nearly 2 out of 3 were non-Hispanic Whites. The disparities in COVID-19 deaths among non-Hispanic Whites is related to differences in race/ethnicity of residents of long-term care (LTC) facilities actively experiencing an outbreak.
    • More than half of the deaths were connected to active outbreaks at long-term care (LTC) facilities.
  • Based on publicly available mobility tracking data, there has been a decrease in social distancing in Mecklenburg County over the last 14-days. Despite this downward trend, social distancing remains significantly higher than before the Stay at Home Order became effective on March 26, 2020.



More data on COVID-19 cases reported in Mecklenburg County as of May 20, 2020:



Total COVID-19 Cases Reported to MCPH by Date (as of May 20, 2020)




Daily COVID-19 Cases Reported to MCPH by Date (as of May 20, 2020)




Daily Percent Positive of Laboratory COVID-19 Tests 1




Select Characteristics of COVID-19 Cases Reported to MCPH (as of May 20, 2020)




Covid-19 Testing2





Distribution of COVID-19 Cases Reported to MCPH by Race/Ethnicity and Age (as of May 20, 2020)




Total COVID-19 Cases Reported to MCPH Released from Isolation (as of May 20, 2020)




Daily Hospital Census of Patients with Laboratory Confirmed COVID-193




Daily Social Distancing Index4




Congregate Living Settings with Active COVID-19 Outbreak (as of May 20, 2020)

  • 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
  • Charlotte Square
    5820 Carmel Rd., Charlotte, NC 28226
  • Shelburne Place
    2524 Shelburne Pl., Mint Hill, NC 28227
  • Peak Resources
    3223 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205
  • Mint Hill Senior Living
    10830 Lawyers Glen Dr., Mint Hill, NC 28227
  • Asbury Health & Rehab
    3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215
  • The Pines at Davidson
    400 Avinger Ln., Davidson, NC 28036
  • Wilora Lake Health Care Center
    6001 Wilora Lake Rd., Charlotte, NC 28212
  • Preston House
    4910 Harris Woods Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28269
  • Royal Park
    2700 Royal Cmns. Ln, Matthews, 28105
  • Southminster
    8919 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210




Distribution of COVID-19 Cases Reported to MCPH by Zip Code of Patient’s Residence (as of May 20, 2020)




COVID-19 Cases (per 100,000 residents) Reported to MCPH by Zip Code of Patient’s Residence (as of May 20, 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.

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