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Mecklenburg County to distribute at-home test kits as COVID-19 positivity rate rises above 30%

During the past week, an average of 32 percent of individuals who were tested in Mecklenburg County were positive for COVID-19.
Mecklenburg County to distribute at-home test kits as COVID-19 positivity rate rises above 30%
Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 12:49 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 7, 2022 at 5:43 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Mecklenburg leaders spoke Friday as the COVID-19 positivity rate has increased above 30% for residents in the county.

During the past week, an average of 32 percent of individuals who were tested in Mecklenburg County were positive for COVID-19.

As of Friday morning, there were 198,698 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with 1,326 deaths due to COVID-19 reported among Mecklenburg County residents.

For Mecklenburg County residents who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are unable to access a local testing site or purchase at-home test kits, Mecklenburg County Public Health will provide a limited number of free at-home test kits this Saturday, Jan. 8. from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at:

  • Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology,1430 Alleghany St., Charlotte
  • Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte

Mecklenburg County Health Director Dr. Raynard Washington, Novant Health Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Sid Fletcher, Atrium Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jim Hunter and StarMed Healthcare President/CEO Dr. Michael Estramonte are spoke Friday at 2 p.m. about the county’s status.

During the past week, an average of 2,315 laboratory-confirmed infections per day were reported compared to the 14-day average of 1,781 confirmed infections. This represents an increase over the last 14 days.

During the past week, an average of 374 individuals with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infections were hospitalized at acute care facilities in Mecklenburg County. This represents an increasing trend over the last 14 days.

For individuals seeking a test kit at the distribution sites, please be aware:

  • To best meet the urgent demand in the community, Public Health will provide two test kits (four tests) per household. The kits are available while supplies last.
  • No appointment is necessary. Public Health staff will offer kits based on a walk/drive-up basis.
  • Since at-home test kits do not require clinical supervision, a prescription from a health care provider is not required.

Due to high demand, supplies of free at-home COVID-19 test kits in Mecklenburg County continue to be limited for future distribution. Visit our When You Should Be Tested page for up-to-date information about distribution locations and availability.

With COVID-19 cases at an all-time high in Mecklenburg County, Public Health continues to work with community partners to provide as much access to testing as possible. Find a free testing site near you by visiting the NC DHHS Find My Testing Place page or using the MCPH COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Sites map.

If you are having difficulty visiting a local testing site, you can also purchase at-home COVID-19 test kits online or at local pharmacies. Availability for kits in stores and online has recently improved.

Please visit mecknc.gov/covid-19 or call the COVID-19 information hotline at 980-314-9400 (option 3) for up-to-date program information, including locations and hours of operation.

With the rapid spread of the Omicron variant due to travel and the recent holidays, COVID-19 testing sites in Mecklenburg County and statewide are experiencing unprecedented demand.

Public Health continues to encourage everyone to get vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible, stay home, and get tested if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, wear masks in indoor public settings, and avoid large indoor gatherings.

If you are unable to get tested, follow CDC guidance and quarantine if you might have been exposed and are unsure and isolate if you have exposed or are sick.

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