COVID-19 Hospitalizations on the Rise in Mecklenburg County

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise in Mecklenburg County, according to data that was released by the city Tuesday afternoon. 

The information that was released from the city only reflects data as of June 7, but health officials say those numbers show a pattern.

According to health officials, about 3 in 4 reported cases were adults ages 20 to 59 years old with more than a third of reported cases being Hispanic. 

"The high number of reported cases among young Hispanics over the last several weeks remains a significant concern," the city said. 

Another concern for health officials is the city's percent positives. According to the city over the past week, an average of 9.7% of individuals who were tested were positive for COVID-19. 

This represents an increase over the last 14-days. These data only include tests conducted by Atrium Health and Novant Health, health officials noted. 

Data is showing that there has also been a decrease in social distancing in Mecklenburg County over the last 14-days. Despite this downward trend, social distancing remains higher than before the Stay at Home Order became effective on March 26. 

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