Mecklenburg County Labeled As Top COVID-19 ‘Red Zone’ In White House Report


Mecklenburg County has just been listed among the top areas of COVID-19 concern, or “red zones”, in the state of North Carolina in a report prepared for the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force.

The new report, which was made public by the nonprofit group ‘Center for Public Integrity’, labeled ‘red zones’ as areas that contain over 100 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in any given area, in addition to at least 10% of COVID-19 test results coming back as positive.

The report listed Mecklenburg County as the top red zone in the state with Gaston County coming in as the second worst red zone.

The report includes the following public messaging for all those in North Carolina red zones:

• Wear a mask at all times outside the home and maintain physical distance
• Limit social gatherings to 25 people or fewer
• Do not go to bars or nightclubs
• Use take out, outdoor dining or indoor dining when strict social distancing can be maintained
• Protect anyone with serious medical conditions at home by social distancing at home and using high levels of personal hygiene
• Reduce your public interactions and activities to 50% of your normal activity