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County moves to highest COVID alert, while NC, Cornelius plan to rescind state of emergency

Aug. 1. Mecklenburg County has moved to the highest CDC COVID-19 Community Level: High/Orange. The change from medium to high reflects the ongoing increase in positive cases, which brings an increased burden on medical resources. Emergency department visits here are up 5 percent from the previous 2-week period; reported cases are up 10 percent. The […]

With COVID cases on the increase, Meck County suggests higher level of caution

June 6. Mecklenburg County moved from Low/GreenCOVID-19 Community Level to Medium/Yellow as of Friday last week based on hospital beds being used, hospital admissions and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. The change from low to medium in the county reflects a “significant increase” in positive cases. Between May 13 and […]

Atrium is part of new Pfizer study for children under 5 years

May 10. Attention parents of young children: Atrium Health Levine Children’s will conduct a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine study on healthy children ages six months old to under five years. More than 50,000 children in the US have been infected with COVID in the past week. Want to learn more? Email strivevaccineregistry@atriumhealth.org or call 704-355-4102. More […]

COVID update: Increase in cases, rates

May 6. Following seven weeks of stable or decreasing COVID-19 activity, Mecklenburg County is showing “notable and continued” increases. “The increases are likely due to a combination of more social activity during the recent spring holidays and the growing presence of the Omicron BA.2 subvariant,” said Dr. Raynard Washington, Mecklenburg public health director. At this […]

COVID hospitalizations under 1,000 for the first time in 8 months

March 12. The volume of new COVID cases climbed to 1,849 Friday after dipping on Thursday. Hospitalizations continued to tumble, dropping below 1,000 statewide for the first time since July. On Feb. 11, 3,556 North Carolinians were hospitalized due to COVID, compared to 965 on Friday March 11. Deaths The NCDHHS also reported reported 30 […]

COVID update March 9

March 9. The volume of new COVID cases climbed to 1,833 today after being below 1,000 for two days in a row. Still, it’s a big improvement from Feb. 9, when the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services reported 10,513 new cases statewide. Hospitalizations COVID-related hospitalizations fell to 1,093 today after climbing slightly to […]

COVID update: New cases, hospitalizations bump up

March 8. The volume of new COVID cases remains below 1,000 a second day but today’s total is up from yesterday: 894 new cases statewide today vs. 528 yesterday. Regardless, 894 new cases is still roughly 1/40th of the volume recorded at the omicron peak—35,395 new cases—on Jan. 21. Hospitalizations COVID-related hospitalizations also seemed to […]

COVID update: New cases fall to 528 in today’s NCDHHS report

March 7. New COVID cases have fallen below 1,000 a day for the first time since mid-July. Today the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services reported 528 new cases—a tiny fraction of the number of new cases reported during much of the second half of January. The last time the new case volume was […]

COVID hospitalizations fall by half in two weeks

March 3. COVID-related hospitalizations have fallen by more than half in the past two weeks, dropping to 1,401 in today’s NC Dept. of Health & Human Services report on the coronavirus. The NCDHHS also reported reported 2,377 new cases and 54 new deaths statewide. Testing The statewide positivity rate fell to 4.9 percent today—the first […]

Masks will become optional in state agencies March 7

March 2. Based on improving trends with COVID-19, masks will become optional in most state agencies and facilities beginning March 7. “COVID-19 levels are declining rapidly, and we have vaccinations, boosters, and effective treatments that are making this step possible,” Gov. Roy Cooper said. The virus is still causing serious illness—and death—in unvaccinated people. Requirements […]