CHARLOTTE, N.C. — At WCNC Charlotte, we are focusing our coronavirus coverage on facts, not fear. We aim to give our viewers the information they need from officials to best protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Cases in North Carolina: 27,673 lab-confirmed cases with 877 deaths. A total of 1,185 new cases were reported Saturday at 11:00 a.m., up from 1,076 new cases reported Friday. The state completed 15,704 tests on Friday. Percent positive staying steady at 6.8% The state is reporting 680 people currently hospitalized, which is down from 708 hospitalizations on Thursday.
- Cases in South Carolina: 11,394 total cases of COVID-19 with 487 deaths. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 266 new cases Saturday, down from 331 on Friday. There were 4 additional deaths reported Saturday.
- Cases in Mecklenburg County: 3,858 Mecklenburg County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and 89 deaths have been reported. The daily percent positive remains steady at 9% as of May 27.
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- North Carolina stay home remains in effect: Phase 2 began at 5 p.m. Friday, May 22.
- South Carolina State of Emergency expiration: May 11
North Carolina cases of COVID-19
Use the maps below to see where all of the cases of the coronavirus in the Carolinas have been reported so far, and follow our continuing coverage for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic in your area.
Click the county to see the number of cases.
Highlights about the epidemiology of COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County as of May 17, 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.
- 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 57 individuals with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 infections were hospitalized at acute care facilities in Mecklenburg County. This represents a decrease 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 decrease over the last 14-days. These data only include tests conducted by Atrium Health and Novant Health.
- Sixty-six 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.
Individuals can call Mecklenburg County’s COVID-19 hotline atwith questions.
South Carolina cases of COVID-19
To view a list of cases reported so far in South Carolina, The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control released the following chart. If viewing on mobile, pinch in and zoom on the map of the state to view county-by-county.
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