Meck County:Nearly Half of COVID Deaths Stem from Long-Term Care Facilities

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — Mecklenburg County Health Department officials released new data that is promising in some regards, but tragic in others. 

Health Director Gibbie Harris told Mecklenburg County commissioners on Tuesday that social distancing efforts are flattening the curve, however people are still dying and cases are going up day-to-day, according to the latest data. 

As of Tuesday night, 58 people have died from Coronavirus in Mecklenburg County — that includes at least 26 people in connection with long-term living facilities, according to Harris. 

Of the total deaths thus far, 94% are people who are 60 years old or older, Harris added. 

"We still have 12 longterm care facilities in outbreak status," she said during a virtual Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday evening. 

The number of total cases continues to rise, slightly in the county. In total there have been 1,791 coronavirus cases in Mecklenburg County. 

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