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5/27/2020 5:54:00 PM
COVID-19 Update (May 27th)

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer


Lincoln County has now had 65 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up by one from Tuesday.  There are currently 15 active cases with 6 people awaiting test results and 50 recovered cases.  Lincoln County still hasn't had a fatality from the disease and continues to have less cases than the surrounding counties.

Catawba County added 10 more to its list of confirmed cases Wednesday and now has 108 active cases.  The county has had five fatalities; 69 people are said to have fully recovered; and the county has had a total of 181 confirmed cases.

Gaston County has 43 active cases down 10 from Tuesday's figure; 221 said to have recovered; and Gaston has had seven deaths.  

Cleveland County has had 73 positive tests and two fatalities.

Mecklenburg County, which saw triple digit increases in confirmed cases both Saturday and Sunday, has had 80 people die from the disease. NCDHHS says Mecklenburg has had 3,479 confirmed cases.

North Carolina has now recorded 794 deaths attributed to COVID-19.  The percentage of positive tests has remained under 10% as the number of tests daily has increased--but one key factor, hospitalizations from the disease, which had been around 400 for early April and near 500 for the last few weeks of April and early May, had now been closer to 600 for the past several days, but today it surpassed 700.  The NCDHHS says on Wedesday (May 27th), there were 702 people hospitalized in North Carolina because of COVID-19, up 89 from the Tuesday report.

The US death toll is now 101,903 and the deaths per million population has increased to 308.  

Atrium Health, operator of Atrium-Lincoln and several other hospitals and medical facilities
 began easing some of its visitation restrictions effective Wednesday (May 27th). Patients who are having surgery or a procedure that requires sedation may designate one person to accompany them at Atrium Health.

Last month, Atrium Health began the resumption of many types of surgeries that were suspended during the height of the pandemic period.

The visitation revisions apply to most patients who are having surgery or a procedure that requires sedation, delivered in an Atrium Health hospital-based or medical practice environment, such as a physician’s office. Visitors will still be restricted for patients in high-risk categories and environments. All other previously announced restrictions remain in place for hospital inpatient care or standard emergency department services, including care delivered at outpatient, urgent care or residential care locations.

CaroMont Medical Center in Gastonia continues to limit the number of patients and visits in clinics and offices. All employees, visitors and patients are screened for symptoms of COVID-19, including having their temperature taken, before entering any building or facility. All employees are required to wear face masks at all times, and visitors are asked to wear their own mask or face covering to office appointments and when coming to the hospital.



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