Mecklenburg County health officials say a person has died from a COVID-19 local who has not yet identified the health conditions. This is the first time county officials have identified a coronavirus-related death of an unidentified man.
The man is 43 years old, according to an email update provided to county commissioners Friday.
A total of 73 people in Mecklenburg died with COVID-19 and all but one, according to health officials, were in their 50s and older with health conditions that experts say are increasing risk of serious complications from the virus. Of the deaths reported, nearly half of those who died were connected to long-term care centers or nursing nurses.
Mecklenburg County saw a total of 2,954 coronavirus cases, according to state health data Friday morning. The numbers have been compiling since mid-March.
The county added 60 new cases from the previous day, state data show. That comes after Thursday̵7;s increase of 114 new cases, the state of Health and Human Services reported. From May 16 to 22, the average number of new cases reported daily in Mecklenburg was 85.
More than 1,700 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in the district have recovered and been released from isolation, according to the latest figures released May 17.
According to Statewide, DHHS reported 758 new cases on Friday, for a total of 21,618, and 12 more deaths, in total 728.
The Mecklenburg COVID-19 update
As of May 20 – the last publicly available demographic data – county coronavirus data were displayed:
▪ An average of about 62 people with coronavirus infection confirmed in the lab were hospitalized in acute care facilities last week. These numbers reflect a “slight decrease” over the past two weeks, according to Mecklenburg health officials.
▪ An average of 6.3% of people tested positive, showing a reduction in the last 14 days, health officials say. The figure only includes the COVID-19 trials conducted by Atrium Health and Novant Health.
▪ Almost 3 out of 4 people diagnosed with COVID-19 locally are 20 to 59 years old.
▪ About 1 in 8 people diagnosed were hospitalized for their illness. People 60 and older need more hospital care than younger people with coronavirus.
“Many individuals infected with COVID-19 have not been evaluated because they are asymptomatic or do not meet current CDC recommendations for testing. As a result, the results are very fluid and represent only a fraction of the true burden of COVID-19 in our community, “Mecklenburg health officials said late last week in a news release.
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Why don’t we know how many trials have been done in Mecklenburg County?
The Mecklenburg County Public Health Department collects data from local hospitals on the number of trials administered. County officials said they did not know how many trials had been conducted outside of hospitals.
Non-hospital test centers and private labs report the number of trials and outcomes directly in N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. The state health department reports on its website a daily count of the number of tests conducted throughout North Carolina. A county-by-county drop in the number of trials has not been made public.