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Mecklenburg County’s positive rate for COVID-19 still above 5%, data shows

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) β€” According to Mecklenburg County Public Health, the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate is still above 5%.

In new data released Monday, Mecklenburg County presented a 7-day COVID-19 percent positivity list Nov. 7-13.

7-day COVID-19 percent positivity:

  • Nov 7: 5.1%
  • Nov 8: 5.2%
  • Nov 9: 5.3%
  • Nov 10: 5.2%
  • Nov 11: 5.4%
  • Nov 12: 5.7%
  • Nov 13: 5.8%

The province says the most recent 7-day period is November 7-13, 2021. The next release of data on COVID-19 percent positivity will be published on November 16, 2021.

Recently, 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. That new mandate takes effect on November 17th.

β€œOn the day the rule goes into effect, we can look back at the past seven days, and if we have had a positivity rate of less than five percent in the past seven days, then the mask mandate will expire on that date,” Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris told WBTV. “If we look back and we’ve had less than five percent positivity for four days, we’ve got three days to do.”

Related: Officials of Mecklenburg Co. vote to change guidelines for when the mask mandate can be lifted

Previous rules required the rate to be below 5% for 30 consecutive days before it could be lifted. The province’s inner mask mandate is in effect since the end of august.

The 7-day positivity rate is calculated each day Monday through Friday by Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) based on data reported to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) the previous day at noon .

This data includes only electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) for molecular (PCR) testing submitted to NC DHHS for labs submitting negative and positive COVID-19 results electronically.

Delays in ELR can affect daily test counts; therefore, to ensure the most complete record of reported tests, MCPH is extending the 7-day period noted in the chart above by an additional day.

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