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The First COVID-19 Death in Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County Public Health learned today about the first confirmed death in Mecklenburg County due to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus).

The individual passed away on March 29. The individual was 60 years old and a resident of Mecklenburg County.

"Our sympathy and thoughts go out to this individual’s family," said Gibbie Harris, Public Health Director. "This first death of a Mecklenburg County resident due to COVID-19 emphasizes the importance to stay at home and away from others to stop the spread of this virus."

COVID-19 remains a very serious situation in Mecklenburg County and residents are required to comply with the Stay at Home Order issued by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management. It is our goal to slow the spread of the virus in our community. Our residents are encouraged to help us help our community by following all public health orders.

As of 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, there are 315 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County. Our county confirmed cases have continued to grow since the first reported case on Thursday, March 12.

Steps that everyone can take to slow the spread of COVID-19 include:

  • Comply with the Mecklenburg County Stay at Home Order.
  • Follow proper physical/social distancing protocols by staying at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.

For additional questions about the Stay at Home Order, residents can call 704-353-1926 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The best resources for accurate, updated information for our community is the County’s website and the City of Charlotte’s website, in addition to the CDC’s COVID-19 website, and State Division of Public Health’s website.