COVID cases are on the rise in Mecklenburg County after weeks of stability. What’s next?

By Hannah Smoot, The Charlotte Observer


COVID cases are rising in Mecklenburg County and across the state after nearly two months of stable or decreasing numbers, according to Mecklenburg County Public Health.

The spike in cases could be caused by increased social activity and the growing presence of the Omicron BA.2 subvariant, county public health director Dr. Raynard Washington said in a statement last week.

Mecklenburg County saw 1,608 COVID cases in the last week of April, according to the latest NC Department of Health and Human Services numbers.

That’s an increase from a recent low one week in March with 288 cases — but still far below the county’s previous peak in January. In the first week of January, the county saw 23,573 cases, according to NCDHHS.

And local hospital system Novant Health is also seeing an increase in coronavirus cases, Novant Health infectious disease expert Dr. David Priest told reporters Tuesday.

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