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COVID hospitalizations continue leveling trend

May 20. It’s more and more clear, at least in North Carolina, that COVID-19 kills the elderly at a far greater rate than any other age cohort. A new more interactive report from the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services says 64 percent of those who have died of COVID-19 are over 75 years old. Another 21 percent who have died are between the ages of 65 and 74.

There have been a total of 702 deaths, up one from yesterday, according to NCDHHS.

Total cases: 20,122, up 2.1 percent from Tuesday’s report

Number hospitalized: 554, down from 585 yesterday

Number tested: 277,603, up 4.7 percent from 265,008 yesterday

A 7.5 percent positive test rate is holding steady, so more testing naturally means more cases.

Johns Hopkins University is reporting 11,637 COVID-19 patients in North Carolina have recovered.

For Mecklenburg County, NCDHHS is reporting 2,780 cases of COVID-19 and a total of 67 deaths, with 18 of them centered in the Autumn Care nursing home in Cornelius.

Mecklenburg remains the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, with 25 cases per 10,000 residents. Wake County, which is virtually the same size as Mecklenburg, has 12 cases per 10,000 residents, according to the NCDHHS report. Thirty COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Wake, which has had 1,307 cases, according to NCDHHS data.

At 1 pm Wednesday, Johns Hopkins was reporting 92,149 COVID-19 deaths nationwide. Click here to review Johns Hopkins data live.