'We Have Community Spread,' Mecklenburg County Health Director Says


32 cases of coronavirus in Mecklenburg

Mecklenburg County Health Director Gibbie Harris said the number of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Mecklenburg County is now at 32 positive cases.

"Young people out enjoying life are at risk," Harris said while warning everyone the importance of social distancing.

"We have community spread in our community," she later added.

The county parks remain open and officials are encouraging people to use the park to get outdoors and seek exercise while remaining socially distant.

Harris also noted that the CDC is no longer considering local tests 'presumptive.' Positive tests conducted on the county or state level are now automatically added to the case count without needing CDC verification.

North Carolina confirms first case of community spread COVID-19

Gov. Roy Cooper says the state has its first confirmed case of community spread coronavirus, in Wilson County. 

This means the state has at least one case where health officials don’t know how someone contracted COVID-19. Meaning they didn’t have contact with someone who has tested positive or travel to highly impacted area.

Confirmed community spread is a signal that we need to further accelerate the next phase of the work - mitigation," NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen said. "As I have shared previously, we have already been taking actions as if we already had community spread to get ahead of the virus.

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