CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A 22-year-old died of COVID-19 in the Mecklenburg County area, health leaders announced Wednesday morning, becoming the county’s youngest virus death.
Public Health Director Gibbie Harris made the announcement during a briefing a day after issuing a stay at home directive for Mecklenburg County.
“We had our youngest death yesterday. We had a 22-year-old die of COVID-19 in our community,” Harris said. “That is not acceptable.”
Harris said the 22-year-old did have underlying health conditions, but did not expand.
Harris issued a directive Tuesday asking residents to stay home as much as possible for the next three weeks as the fight continues against COVID-19.
This is not a mandate, but rather a recommendation.
This directive does not carry the weight of an executive order or a mandate. “These are recommendations, These are very strong recommendations,” Harris said.
Director Gibbie Harris issued the public director’s directive, similar to one issued by NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen.
The Directive will remain in effect for the next three weeks, until Feb. 2, 2021.
Individuals in Mecklenburg County are directed to take several immediate actions including (but not limited to):
- Only leave your home for essential activities and remain at home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., unless an exception as set forth in the Governor’s Executive Order
- Utilize full-virtual options for work, school and any other activity where in-person activity is not required.
- Avoid leaving your home if you are over 65 or at high-risk for developing serious illness.
- Avoid any non-essential travel.
- Avoid gathering with individuals that you do not live with.
- WEAR, a cloth face covering, WAIT 6 feet apart and avoid close contact, and WASH your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
- Quarantine and get tested if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.
- Answer the call and participate in contact tracing to protect against further spread if you receive a call or text from Mecklenburg County Public Health.
- Get a flu shot and get the get the COVID-19 vaccine, when it is available to you.
A full list of immediate actions individuals should take is available here.
As the number of COVID-19 cases in Mecklenburg County continue to grow at an exponential rate – from an average of 100 cases per day in September, to an average of 900 cases per day in mid-January – Public Health is issuing a specific directive for the people of Mecklenburg County for the next three weeks.
The Directive was announced Tuesday afternoon during the Board of County Commissioners Budget and Public Policy meeting.
“The exponential growth in the number of COVID- 19 cases, hospitalizations and related deaths require immediate action on the part of every member of our community,” said Public Health Director Gibbie Harris.
More information about the COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County and the COVID-19 vaccine is available at www.MeckNC.gov/COVID-19 or by calling the Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400.