COVID-19 cases rise as state enters first full day of mask mandate: Here’s what you need to know

COVID-19 cases rise as state enters first full day of mask mandate: Here’s what you need to know

NORTH CAROLINA — After a brief dip in confirmed COVID-19 cases this week, the numbers increased again on Saturday.

Positive cases of the coronavirus jumped from 1,009 Thursday to 1,635 on Friday to 1,719 on Saturday. Saturday’s case numbers represents the third highest single-day increase since the pandemic began.

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On Saturday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 60,537 total lab-confirmed cases as the state entered its first full day under a mask mandate.

Across the state, the age group that is impacted the most is between the ages of 25 and 49 with more than 27,000 cases.

Health officials said those in the 75 and older age group are more susceptible to coronavirus, but statewide the group represents about six percent the cases.

By gender, there are 29,472 male cases and 30,138 female cases.

What about closer to home?

Mecklenburg County has reported 10,287 cases of COVID-19 with 145 deaths.

On average, 134 patients have been hospitalized in the last week, which is an increase over the last two weeks.

Social distancing is still lower than it was before the stay-at-home order started, but there was a slight decrease in the percentage of positive tests in Mecklenburg County.

The latest data, maps and charts on local COVID-19 are available here on MeckNC.gov.

Are people recovering?

As of Monday, the state is reporting 36,921 patients are presumed to have recovered. That’s out of the 60,537 cases reported Saturday across the state.

In Mecklenburg County, more than half of the 10,287 COVID-19 cases have been released from isolation.

It takes about 28 days for people who have been hospitalized because of COVID-19 to recover from the virus, according to the NCDHHS.