Tracking The Coronavirus In The Carolinas

New information is being released daily about the coronavirus and the impacts it’s causing in the Carolinas.  WCCB’s Digital Team will continue to update this story as new numbers are reported.

March 28th:

North Carolina: 935 confirmed cases | 4 deaths

South Carolina: 660 confirmed cases | 15 deaths

United States: 85,356 confirmed cases | 1,246 deaths


Data For Mecklenburg County:

As of March 28th, Mecklenburg County has 299 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.March 23 Coronavirus Map For Mecklenburg County

As of March 26, 2020, 230 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) among county residents were reported to Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH). MCPH continues to investigate and follow-up on all reported cases of COVID-19 among county residents.

MCPH provides these routine updates about reported cases of COVID-19 to help our community better understand how this pandemic is developing in our county. There are reported cases and community transmission occurring throughout the entire county.

Highlights of data about the 230 reported cases of COVID-19 among Mecklenburg County residents include:

Nearly half of reported cases were adults ages 20 to 39 years old. Two cases were youth under 19 years old.

The sex and racial/ethnic composition of reported cases were similar to the county demographics.

About 1 in 5 reported cases have been hospitalized due to their COVID-19 infection.

About 11 percent of reported cases have been released from isolation.

More data on COVID-19 cases reported in Mecklenburg County as of March 26, 2020:

Amount of confirmed cases in Mecklenburg County:
March 11: 1
March 12: 3
March 13: 5
March 14: 7
March 15: 7
March 16: 13
March 17: 17
March 18: 30
March 19: 37
March 20: 45
March 21: 74
March 22: 80
March 23: 108
March 24: 143
March 25: 185
March 26: 230
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Data For North Carolina:

As of March 28th, North Carolina is reporting 935 positive cases of coronavirus across the state.

There are four confirmed deaths caused by the coronavirus in North Carolina (two were North Carolina residents). Two of the deaths were reported in Cabarrus County.  One person was a Cabarrus County resident.  The other person was traveling to Virginia and stopped in Cabarrus County for treatment for COVID-19.  That person died while in Cabarrus County.

North Carolina hospitals only have 18% of their critical care (ICU) beds available, according to State Health Director Dr. Betsey Tilson.

North Carolina has approximately 3,000 ICU beds in the state and only 566 of those beds are empty, according to Tilson.

The average age for people who tested positive for COVID-19, in the state, is 41-years-old.  Fifty people are currently hospitalized due to the coronavirus.  Two North Carolina residents have died from the coronavirus.

With approximately 75% of our public hospitals reporting, Tilson said there are roughly 10,000 impatient beds.  Right now, 5,000 of those beds are empty.

Tilson went on the say that it is very important to stay at home and follow the social distancing guidelines.  The confirmed cases continue to rise and the information released today shows that our hospitals are limited in bed availability.

For more information on COVID-19 in North Carolina, click HERE.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced on March 23rd that all K-12 public schools will remain closed through May 15th.

He also announced that all gyms, movie theaters, health clubs, hair and nail salons, barbershops and massage therapists must close their businesses beginning at 5pm on Wednesday, March 25th due to the coronavirus.

Restaurants and bars have already been closed for dine-in services.  However, take out is still available at most restaurants.

The food supply chain for North Carolina continues to be in good shape, according to officials.  Grocery store owners are not reporting any issues with getting deliveries.  However, officials want to stress that shoppers need to stop hoarding food and buying groceries in bulk.

Gov. Cooper stressed for people to continue to adhere to the social distancing guidelines. He also stressed for anyone in the high risk category (65-years-old or older and people with underlying health issues) should stay home as much as possible.

The first community spread case of coronavirus (meaning the person had not traveled or been around anyone who was showing signs or symptoms of the coronavirus) was first reported in Wilson County.  Officials in Mecklenburg County say approximately 1/3 of the cases have been community spread cases.

Unemployment claims have skyrocketed in North Carolina.  Last week, the state processed 42,000 unemployment claims.  There were less than 3,000 unemployment claims, on average, reported in February.

Data For South Carolina:

As of March 28th, South Carolina currently has 660 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.  The state of South Carolina has 15 deaths from the coronavirus.

Those deaths have been reported in Richland, Kershaw, Clarendon, Lexington, Charleston, Horry (2) and Florence (2) counties.  Most of these people were in the at risk category (65-years-old or older and people with underlying health issues).

An infant has tested positive in South Carolina but officials aren’t saying what county the child resides.

Officials say they have had 31,000 people file for unemployment in South Carolina.  That is a 1600% increase week to week.

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order on March 23rd that allows law enforcement the authorization to disperse any gatherings of people in groups of three or more.

All South Carolina K-12 pubic schools have been closed through April.  All spring testing has been suspended for schools in South Carolina.

All medical facilities are restricting visitation with patients unless it is an end of life circumstance.

All restaurants have been ordered to close their dine-in services for customers beginning March 18th but take-out orders are allowed.

Insurance companies have been asked to pay 100% of costs associated with coronavirus office visits.

Private employers are being asked to allow their employees to work from home.

Total Cases In The United States:

As of 5pm on March 27th, there are currently 85,356 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States, according to the CDC.  Johns Hopkins Univerity & Medicine is reported 100,717 cases in the United States as of 5:45pm on March 27th.  There have been a total of 1,246 deaths reported.  The interactive map below breaks down the amount of cases in each state.

Confirmed cases are being reported in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

According to the CDC, 712 of the confirmed cases in the United States were travel-related, 1,326 were close contact exposure and 83,318 cases are still under investigation.

On March 25th, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state has more than 30,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.