Mecklenburg County, NC – As of this morning there were 29,910 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with 366 deaths due to COVID-19 reported among Mecklenburg County residents.
The percent positive and total tests trends have been updated to now
only include Mecklenburg County residents, based on electronic laboratory reports (ELR) submitted to NC DHHS.
In late March, MCPH set up aggregate daily reporting of positive and negative results from a subset of local testing providers as none were routinely reporting negative results and it was not required. Due to reporting limitations of the testing providers these reports included all tests completed at testing sites within Mecklenburg County, including tests among non-residents.
On July 7th, NC DHHS issued temporary guidance requiring electronic reporting of all negative COVID-19 tests across the state. At that time, many laboratories servicing our community were not set up to electronically report negative results. Since that time, NC DHHS worked aggressively to on-board all laboratories to its ELR system and add negative lab results to reporting feeds.
Most (~90%) COVID-19 results, both negative and positive, are now being submitted electronically. Negative ELRs are now available to MCPH via NC DHHS's disease reporting system -- NC COVID – allowing MCPH to produce a daily percent positive and total tests based on ELRs.
This new data source better reflects the impact of COVID-19 on our residents but is limited in that some testing partners are not yet submitting ELRs and only includes molecular (PCR) tests. Both trends show a similar trajectory over the last 2 months. However, over the last week, the trends have begun to diverge as the percent positivity is increasing in neighboring counties but is fairly stable in Mecklenburg County.
Data as of October 7, 2020 are presented in more detail below. 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. 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 5 p.m. are counted in the following days case count.
Highlights about the 29,727 COVID-19 cases reported in Mecklenburg County as of October 7, 2020 include: