Meck County leaders developing dashboard to help monitor COVID-19 trends

Mecklenburg County leaders developing dashboard to help monitor COVID-19 trends

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mecklenburg County health officials are using contact tracing to learn more about coronavirus and how it’s spread and are using the information to develop a new dashboard.

The dashboard will help monitor COVID clusters, cases, and active quarantines at individual schools.

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In addition to helping determine when schools should open, the dashboard will also be used to help measure when places such as theaters, clubs and bars could reopen.

“If we’re seeing a lot of cases at the district level, as well as looking at a lot of children being quarantined, then we could need to look at a district-wide closure,” County Health Director Gibbie Harris said.

Overall, Mecklenburg County is still trending down with a 5.7% positivity rate. But Harris said her biggest concern for spreading the virus is among young people and parties.

People 20-39 years old currently make up about 43% of cases in the county, and most don’t show symptoms.

Harris said large gatherings are to blame, where people aren’t wearing masks or social distancing.

“What we’re seeing are more and more house parties,” Harris said. “Twenty-five, thirty people getting together at somebody’s house to have a Saturday night party.”

According to Harris, about 38% of COVID-19 cases can be traced to gatherings with family and friends.

Other places of concern are restaurants and breweries, which account for 36% of cases.

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