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COVID-19 in Charlotte: Positivity rate stable, caseload low

A carefully watched coronavirus metric — the percent of positive tests — is stable in Mecklenburg County after steadily falling for the last 12 weeks, the latest public health data show.

The weekly average positivity rate locally is 5.7%. In North Carolina, the governor and health officials have said they want the percent of positive tests to reach 5% before contemplating reopening more businesses.

That’s in line with the World Health Organization’s guidance for states still seeing widespread COVID-19 transmission. “If a positivity rate is too high, that may indicate that the state is only testing the sickest patients who seek medical attention, and is not casting a wide enough net to know how much of the virus is spreading within its communities,” according to Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

The Charlotte region continues to see improvement with other coronavirus trends, including the daily caseload and hospitalizations. But Mecklenburg

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