COVID-19 spread on the rise in Mecklenburg County
Mecklenburg County moved from CDC COVID-19 community level low/green to COVID-19 community level medium/yellow on Friday.
The COVID-19 community-level tool helps people decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest COVID-19 data in their community. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. The change from low to medium in the county reflects a significant increase in positive cases.
“This change to the medium level means that people with underlying conditions such as asthma, COPD, high blood pressure, and heart disease or anyone with a weakened immune system should be more cautious now,” Dr. Raynard Washington, Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) Director, said. “To stay safe, all individuals should consider masking, avoid large gatherings, and make sure that you are up to date on COVID vaccines, including booster doses for those who are eligible. If you do have symptoms, please get tested or take a rapid test, and consult with your health care provider about available treatment options.”