COVID-19 test centers in Charlotte busy ahead of the new year – archyde

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Latest in Mecklenburg County COVID-19 data shows that the positivity rate is well over 15%.

Health leaders expect that number will only increase. The positivity rate must be below 5% for a full week in order to lift the mask requirement for indoor spaces.

Related: Mecklenburg Co. officials are voting to change the guidelines for the removal of the mask mandate

Based on these numbers, the county health authorities are urging residents to reconsider their New Year’s Eve plans.

At StarMed in West Charlotte, there were long lines all week when people tried to take a COVID-19 test. Many people are expected there on Friday trying to take a test before the new year.

This West Charlotte StarMed location and others across town open at 9 a.m. On Friday at 5.30 a.m., four cars were lined up in front of the opening of the test site.

StarMed’s staff here have run thousands of tests this week. In fact, at least 20 employees tested positive this week.

Due to the lack of home testing, the lines are expected to continue at the site. To help with this, district officials really want people to keep their New Years Eve celebrations small to prevent the virus from spreading.

Related: “That could be your New Year’s resolution”: The leaders of the Mecklenburg Co. urge residents to do their part, as the positivity rate rises to 15 percent

“Please review your New Year’s Eve plans. If you can, make it a smaller gathering. Do it with your immediate family. If not, try to do it outside. Take advantage of this nice, warm weather and be outside to think about New Year’s Eve, ”said Dr. Sid Fletcher from Novant Health.

While some companies have canceled their New Years Eve celebrations, the city of Charlotte continues its annual outdoor event in Uptown with entertainment and fireworks. Charlotte Center City Partners said masks and social distancing are part of those plans.

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