Mecklenburg County, NC– As of this morning there were 29,080 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with 361 deaths due to COVID-19 reported among Mecklenburg County residents.
Starting September 25, 2020, NC DHHS began reporting positive antigen cases in the total COVID-19 case counts. Antigen positive cases represent "probable" cases of COVID-19 based on CDC case classification guidelines. The terms "confirmed" and "probable" are used to standardize national case classifications for public health surveillance but should not be used to interpret the utility or validity of any laboratory test type. Regardless of the test used, a person who tests positive is considered to have COVID-19. MCPH
has and will continue to treat and report antigen positive cases the same in terms of our public health response (e.g. complete case investigation, contact tracing, etc.).
This report now includes seven-day averages for COVID-19 case rates and percent positivity. These important measures of community spread will be reported each Friday to help inform reopening of various entities within our community, including schools and courts.
Data as of September 30, 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 28,890 COVID-19 cases reported in Mecklenburg County as of September 30, 2020 include:
Mecklenburg County Public Health encourages all eligible residents ages 12 and older to get a free COVID-19 vaccination.