DAVIDSON, NC — Nearly 1,900 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed this week in Mecklenburg County, along with nine deaths, according to data released by county health officials. As of Nov. 13, spread of COVID-19 led to 37,527 confirmed cases and 413 deaths, Mecklenburg County Public Health said.
In Davidson as of Friday, 409 cases were confirmed and 17 deaths, according to North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The tally represents an increase of 20 cases for the town in span of seven days.
Friday, MCPH reported that in the past week, an average of 251 lab-confirmed infections were reported, up from the 14-day average of 234 confirmed infections. Hospitalizations are also rising in the county, as well as the percent of individuals testing positive. As of Friday, it was 7.5 percent, compared to 5.1 percent reported Oct. 16.
The news comes as North Carolina public health officials reported the state's tally of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 305,233. COVID-19 has taken the lives of at least 4,720 North Carolinians, DHHS reported Friday, an increase of 138 deaths in a week.
Earlier this week, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced that middle school students won't return to in-person instruction until early January after winter break. The decision to delay the return of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students to classrooms in the district's traditional middle schools is a result of a shortage of more than 100 bus drivers, CMS said.
"The change was necessary because more than 100 of the district's bus drivers have elected to use leave through Dec. 31, as permitted under the federal FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act)," CMS said. "This has created a shortage of bus drivers, making it impossible to observe the social-distancing requirements for school buses set by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper."
As of Friday, there were 37 COVID-19 clusters reported in K-12 schools in North Carolina. DHHS defines a cluster as five or more lab-confirmed cases that are linked. At least 499 positive COVID-19 cases were associated with K-12 school clusters, DHHS said.
Globally, more than 53.1 million people have been infected by COVID-19, and more than 1.3 million people have died, Johns Hopkins University reported Friday. In the United States, more than 10.6 million people have been infected and more than 243,000 people have died from COVID-19.