NORTH CAROLINA — North Carolina is reporting more than 1,000 cases for the fifth straight day.
While positive cases jumped to 1,719 on Saturday, the third highest single-day increase since the pandemic began, they dipped slightly to 1,605 new cases across the state on Sunday.
On Sunday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 62,142 total lab-confirmed cases as the state closed out its first full weekend under the new mask mandate.
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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. This age group represents about 60 percent of coronavirus deaths across the state.
By gender, there are 29,472 male cases and 30,138 female cases. While women lead in cases, there are 694 male COVID-19 deaths compared to 615 female deaths.
What about closer to home?
Mecklenburg County has reported 10,592 cases of COVID-19 with 146 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 62,142 cases reported Sunday across the state.
In Mecklenburg County, more than half of the 10,592 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.
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