Coronavirus local updates: CATS announces fare collection to resume June 8

Coronavirus local updates -- May 23 night

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More than 5.2 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.6 million people in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. Officials are attempting to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. as hospitals manage unprecedented patient surges.

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  • The number of cases across North Carolina reached 22,725 Saturday. North Carolina is now reporting 737 deaths, 329,582 completed tests and 589 people currently in the hospital.
  • Gov. Roy Cooper and the state’s coronavirus task force announced the state will move into a “safer-at-home” plan on May 22.
  • Gov. Henry McMaster lifted the home or work order in South Carolina on May 1.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases in the United States here.

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Live, local updates from Saturday:

5:11 p.m.

The Charlotte Area Transit System announced it will increase the frequency on several bus routes and the LYNX Blue Line beginning June 8.

It also said fare collection would resume and people will have to have a valid pass, ticket or cash fare to ride.

CATS also said bus routes and the LYNX Blue Line will run its Sunday service schedule, but Express bus services will not operate on Memorial Day.

4:48 p.m.

Officials said 61 people have now recovered from the coronavirus in Caldwell County.

The county has not reported any new cases Saturday.

4:16 p.m.

Mecklenburg County reports 87 additional COVID-19 cases and 1 additional death.

This brings the total in the county to 3,088 positive cases and 74 deaths due to the virus.

3:40 p.m.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 248 new cases of the coronavirus and 6 additional deaths.

This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in South Carolina to 9,895 and those who have died to 425.

Officials said five deaths were elderly people from Chesterfield (1), Florence (1), Marion (1), Richland (1), and York (1) counties, and one death was a middle-aged person from Clarendon County.

11:30 a.m.

NCDHHS has released updated data on COVID-19 for the state:

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting 22,725 cases of COVID-19 across the state, up 1,107 from Friday.

“This is a notable and concerning increase. As we head into a holiday weekend, please practice the three Ws – wear a face covering, wait six feet apart, and wash your hands frequently. When it comes to our health, we need to work together to protect our families, friends and neighbors,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen.

There have been 9 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 since Friday, bringing the state’s total to 737. NCDHHS reported that 589 people remain hospitalized and 329,582 tests have been completed. The state reported 26,358 total tests were done in the past 24 hours, which is above the state’s benchmark to test between 5,000 and 7,000 people every day.

Mecklenburg County continues to lead the state in both cases and deaths with at least 3,142 and 73 respectively.

COVID-like syndromic ER visits -- an early indicator of caseload in the state -- has been steadily decreasing. The percentage of positive tests out of total tests was decreasing and remains level.

Confirmed cases by age:

0-17 (5%)

18-24 (9%)

25-49 (43%)

50-64 (23%)

65-74 (9%)

75 or older (10%)

COVID-19 deaths by age:

25-49 (4%)

50-64 (12%)

65-74 (21%)

75 or older (64%)

Cases by race:

White: 54%

Black: 31%

Cases by gender:

Women: 51%

Men: 49%

(Men account for 52% of deaths)

Cases and deaths in congregate living settings:

There have been 83 outbreaks in nursing homes across the state, resulting in 2,899 cases and 391 deaths (Anson, Burke (2); Cabarrus (2); Catawba; Cleveland; Iredell; Mecklenburg (9); Rowan (4); Union (2))

There have been 36 outbreaks at residential care facilities across the state, resulting in 591 cases and 56 deaths (Cabarrus (2); Mecklenburg (6); Stanly; Union).

9:30 a.m.

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte has announced it will be partly reopening facilities across the area.

While gyms are not included in this phase, YMCA members will have access to outdoor group exercise classes and fitness offerings, some indoor and outdoor pools as well as some day and overnight camp options.

Click here for more information.

8:00 a.m.

A judge has blocked an emergency order in Boone requiring visitors to self-isolate. The order would have required visitors to self-isolate until they’ve spent 14 days in Watauga County.

Town leaders in Boone passed the order Thursday, but Friday afternoon, but hotel owners asked for and received a temporary restraining order.

They said Boone’s State of Emergency decision would cost them money after people already make vacation reservations.

Tourism brings $200 million into the local economy. A judge will hear more arguments in the case on June 1.

10:15 p.m. (Friday)

9:30 p.m. (Friday)

Top state government fiscal researchers predicted Friday that North Carolina will collect $4 billion less in revenues over a two-year period than previously forecast as the pandemic-related economic slowdown continues.

Researchers from the General Assembly and executive branch jointly estimated that state collections for the current fiscal year will fall $1.6 billion short of a pre-pandemic forecast.

For the 2020-21 fiscal year, the group predicted that revenue will fall short of the previous forecast by nearly $2.6 billion.

The group did note that because the current pandemic is unprecedented, their forecast reflects more uncertainty than normal. They also said delays in state tax deadlines also clouded the picture.