Mecklenburg Co. COVID-19 positivity rate climbs to 15%, moving further away from end of mask term
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – The end of Mecklenburg County Masks’ tenure continues to look more and more distant.
The county reported that the COVID-19 positivity rate among those tested was 15.4%, which was reported on December 27.
This is the highest positivity rate in Mecklenburg County in some time.
Mecklenburg County Commissioners voted to change the guidelines and lift the mask requirement if the county’s positivity rate falls below 5% for seven consecutive days.
Related: Mecklenburg Co. officials vote to change mask lifting guidelines
Previous rules required the rate to be less than 5% for 30 consecutive days before it could be lifted. County mandate on indoor masks is in place since the end of August.
The 7-day positivity rate is calculated by Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) each day Monday through Friday based on data reported to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) at noon of the day. previous.
This data only includes electronic laboratory reports (ELRs) for molecular testing (PCR) submitted to NC DHHS for laboratories electronically submitting negative and positive COVID-19 results.
Delays in the ELR can affect the number of daily tests; therefore, to ensure the most complete capture of the reported assays, MCPH further delays the 7 day period shown in the graph above by an additional day.
The next update of COVID-19 positivity data will be released on December 30, 2021.
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