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Coronavirus cases have declined slightly in Mecklenburg County, but a closer look at neighborhoods shows mixed progress.
The latest data released by the county shows that all zip codes in and around Charlotte have fewer than 500 new cases per 100,000 residents in the past two weeks. The county-wide average is 295.0 new cases per 100,000 population, based on positive coronavirus test results from April 15 to 28.
Case rate data by zip code only shows the most recent or active infections detected by coronavirus tests and takes the population into account to show where cases are most concentrated. Mecklenburg County Public Health typically publishes postcode-level data every week and rates are based on a 14-day average.
Public health director Gibbie Harris said Thursday the Mecklenburg figures were seeing “small increases and decreases every week.” The COVID-19 positivity rate fell to 6.6% last week, down 20%. Yet that number still exceeds the state’s 5% target, reflecting better control over the spread of the virus.
The average number of people hospitalized rose to 176 on Wednesday, a 17% increase in the past 14 days.
The highest concentration of COVID cases in the county is in and around University City. Residents of zip code 28262 have seen an increase in cases from the start of the month so far.
Zip code 28206 (Tryon Hills, Druid Hills and some streets between Uptown and NoDa) follows closely and has seen the largest increase in rates of COVID cases.
Other postcodes with a high concentration of cases are 28203 (South End and parts of Dilworth), 28204 (Cherry and Elizabeth), 28208 (west of the Upper Town, along Freedom Drive, West Boulevard and Wilkinson Boulevard ) and 28278 (Steele Creek and along the South Carolina Border near Lake Wylie).
The lowest concentration of COVID cases is in northern Mecklenburg, near Lake Norman, postcode 28036.
Postal codes 28211 (south of Charlotte along Providence Road, including Cotswold and parts of Myers Park), 28226 (which includes areas along Sharon View Road and parts of Carmel and Wessex Square) and 28031 (Cornelius ) also have some of the lowest numbers in the county.
Residents of zip codes 28031, 28036 and 28209 (around Freedom Park and Woodlawn Road) saw the biggest drops.
The county has recorded nearly 110,000 cases since the start of the pandemic, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Mecklenburg officials say 945 residents have died from complications from the coronavirus.
Rates of COVID-19 cases by postal code
This data comes from Mecklenburg County Public Health and includes positive COVID-19 test results, based on a person’s home zip code, from April 15 to April 28.
Less than 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants:
Between 200 and 300 cases:
Between 300 and 400 cases:
Above 400 cases:
Observer journalists Gavin Off and Alison Kuznitz contributed to this report.