Coronavirus in the Carolinas: NC hospitalizations up for fifth straight day

Coronavirus in the Carolinas -- June 20 update

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Here is a roundup of what’s happening so far today, June 20, surrounding COVID-19 in both North Carolina and South Carolina (click here for yesterday’s coverage). Scroll below for live, local real-time minute-by-minute updates.

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Live, local updates from Saturday:

8,150 cases reported in Mecklenburg County to date

To date, 8,510 Mecklenburg County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There have been 143 related deaths.

Caldwell County reports 3 additional coronavirus cases

Caldwell County is reporting three additional coronavirus cases. This brings the total confirmed cases in the county to 302.

Officials said out of the 5,981 tests taken in the county, 5.04% of tests have come back positive.

Burke County reports 873 positive cases

Burke County is reporting 873 positive coronavirus cases. The cases consist of traveling, congregate living, and community spread. All positive cases are isolated.

SC Health announces 16.2 percent of tests are positive

South Carolina DHEC announced 1,157 new confirmed cases and 5 new probable cases of COVID-19, and 5 additional confirmed deaths. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 23,756, probable cases to 30, confirmed deaths to 644, and zero probable deaths.

7,125 people were tested Friday statewide (not including antibody tests) and the percent that tested positive was 16.2%.

NC hospitalizations hit a record high for fifth straight day

With 87% of hospitals reporting, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported another record high number of COVID-19 hospitalizations for the fifth day in a row.

Currently, 883 people are in the hospital with severe symptoms due to the novel coronavirus.

NCDHHS reports 20% of hospital inpatient beds and 23% of Intensive Care Unit beds are currently available across the state, and 71% of ventilators are available.

The new hospitalization record comes as the state reports at least 1,549 more positive COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths, for a total of 51,389 cases and 1,212 deaths since the pandemic began.

The state more than doubled its testing goal, with 19,028 more tests reported Friday. Currently, 9% of tests are positive, a number which has remained roughly stable since increasing slightly earlier this month.

Mecklenburg County continues to lead the state in cases and deaths, with 8,511 and 133 respectively.

Lab-confirmed cases: 51,389

Completed tests: 731,341

Currently hospitalized: 883

Statewide deaths: 1,212

Confirmed cases by age:

0-17 (9%)

18-24 (12%)

25-49 (45%)

50-64 (20%)

65-74 (7%)

75 or older (7%)

COVID-19 deaths by age:

25-49 (5%)

50-64 (14%)

65-74 (20%)

75 or older (61%)

Cases by race:

White: 55%

Black: 25%

Cases by gender:

Women: 50%

Men: 50%

Cases and deaths in congregate living settings:

There are 107 outbreaks in nursing homes across the state, resulting in 4,190 cases and 620 deaths.

There are 60 outbreaks at residential care facilities across the state, resulting in 1,155 cases and 103 deaths.


Duke researchers working to detect virus in Kannapolis study

Local researchers are trying to answer questions, including who in our community is affected the most by the virus and how?

Duke University on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis is one of several across the state doing studies.

Researchers will be following a group of people who live in Cabarrus County, of all ages and races.

They will ask questions about symptoms and test them for the virus and antibodies. They will start with a baseline survey and follow up with participants every two weeks for at least six months.

Researchers said they are trying to detect the virus, whether people have symptoms or not. Some of the questions will be aimed at determining whether people are following the state’s health guidance and how effective it is.

“They’ll be answering those every couple of weeks,” Dr. Kristin Newby said. “How they’re doing with wearing masks, washing their hands, distancing so we’ll definitely have that.”

Researchers plan to start testing people next month.


Caldwell County sees highest number of hospitalizations in 1 day

Thirteen COVID-19 cases were reported today in Caldwell County — seven in the 28645 Zip code, one in the 28630, four in 28638, and one in 28601. Four patients are under the age of 24, five fall between the ages of 25 and 64, and four are over the age of 65.

As of Friday afternoon, 10 Caldwell County residents with COVID-19 were hospitalized. This marks the highest number of Caldwell County patients with COVID-19 hospitalized on a single day. These patients are being treated at Caldwell UNC Health Care, Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge (Grace Hospital), Frye Regional Medical Center, UNC Medical Center, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Statewide 871 people with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized in reporting hospitals. Ninety-one percent of hospitals report to the state. According to NC Department of Health and Human Services, 80 percent of hospital and ICU beds are filled, but only 27 percent of ventilators are in use statewide.


Lincoln County reports 67 cases

Lincoln County reported 67 active positive cases, 107 recovered and one death.