Meck County percent positive rate, hospitalizations see ‘slight decline'

Meck County percent positive rate, hospitalizations see ‘slight decline'

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday reported 1,166 hospitalizations, up 109 from Monday.

However, on Monday, only 79% of hospitals were reporting. On Tuesday that number was 92%.

Twenty-eight more deaths were reported in the state, bringing the total to 2,010 since the start of the pandemic.

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1,629 new cases of COVID-19 were reported.

Only 9,667 tests were completed, which is the lowest number of tests completed in 24 hours in more than a month.

The percent of positive tests in the state on Tuesday was reported as 9%.

The number of new cases in the state has been trending downward in recent weeks.

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Note: The numbers we show you every day mean everything in how our community recovers from coronavirus -- both in terms of healthcare and the economy -- but they don’t mean much without the proper context and as much transparency as possible.

New cases vary day by day based on a lot of factors. That can include how long it takes to get results back, so a new case reported today can really be several days old.

The other big metric we watch is the percent of positive cases. This is data we can only get from the state because it’s not as simple as factoring a percent of new cases each day from the number of tests. That’s because test results take days and come from a variety of places.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Tuesday announced 1,168 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 52 additional confirmed deaths.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 93,604 and confirmed deaths to 1,774.

The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC yesterday statewide was 6,389 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 18.3%.

WHAT ABOUT CLOSER TO HOME?

As of Tuesday morning, there were 21,168 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with 222 deaths due to COVID-19 reported among Mecklenburg County residents. Data from Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 are presented below.

As of Aug. 2, 2020, there were 20,696 cases and 217 deaths due to COVID-19 among county residents reported to Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH).

Highlights about the epidemiology of COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County as of Aug. 2, 2020 include:

  • About 3 in 4 reported cases were adults ages 20 to 59 years old.
  • About 3 in 10 reported cases are Hispanic – most of whom are younger adults. The high proportion of reported cases among young Hispanics remains a significant concern. As previously noted, some factors influencing this trend include:
  • Targeted testing occurring in neighborhoods with lower access to care, some of which have larger Hispanic populations;
  • Higher proportions of Hispanics working in essential jobs that make social distancing difficult;
  • Significant household spread among large families; and
  • Pre-existing disparities in other social and economic determinants of health, like poverty.
  • About 1 in 20 reported cases were hospitalized due to their COVID-19 infection. While everyone is at risk for severe COVID-19 complications, reported cases who were older adults (≥ 60 years) were more likely to be hospitalized compared to younger individuals.
  • Nearly 3 out of 4 have met CDC criteria to be released from isolation.
  • During the past week, an average of 183 individuals with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infections were hospitalized at acute care facilities in Mecklenburg County. Overall this represents a slight decrease over the last 14 days. These data are based on daily census counts from acute care facilities in Mecklenburg County reporting to MCPH.
  • During the past week, an average of 8.9 percent of individuals who were tested were positive for COVID-19. This represents a slight decrease over the last 14 days. These data only include tests conducted by Atrium Health, Novant Health, CVS Health and Walgreens when available. Reporting of negative results to MCPH is not required or covered by communicable disease reporting laws. MCPH will include results from other providers and laboratories as accurate, consistent and timely reporting mechanisms are established.
  • Two hundred-seventeen deaths due to COVID-19 occurred among reported cases.
  • Almost all deaths were among older adults (≥ 60 years), 3 deaths occurred in adults ages 20 to 39 and 29 deaths were adults ages 40 to 59.
  • All deaths, except three, occurred among adults with underlying chronic illnesses.
  • More than half were non-Hispanic Whites. The disparity in COVID-19 deaths among non-Hispanic Whites is related to differences in race/ethnicity of residents of long-term care (LTC) facilities actively experiencing an outbreak.
  • More than half of deaths were connected to active outbreaks at long-term care (LTC) facilities.
  • Among deaths not connected to outbreaks at long-term care facilities, nearly 3 in 4 were non-White, with 40 percent being non-Hispanic Black. As previously noted, these disparities are largely driven by higher rates of underlying chronic conditions that increase risk of severe complications due to COVID-19 infection among these communities.
  • Based on publicly available mobility tracking data, social distancing slightly increased then slightly decreased in Mecklenburg County over the last 14 days. Overall, this represents a fairly stable trend over the last 14 days.
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