According to the most recent COVID County Alert System maintained by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Lincoln County has moved from the orange tier to the yellow.
In the most recent press release issued by the Lincoln County Health Department on March 2, there are 140 active cases, 8,585 recovered cases and there have been 77 deaths due to COVID-19. Of these 76 deaths, 34 are related to congregate care facilities.
It’s been almost a year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Lincoln County and the City of Lincolnton issued a press release on March 11, 2020 indicating that officials had met that Tuesday with representatives from Lincoln County Health Department, police, sheriff, fire, EMS, county and charter schools, Atrium Health, local assisted living facilities, doctor’s offices, local businesses and other privately owned health providers to open lines of communication and share information regarding the novel coronavirus that is circulating the US and worldwide.
The press release said that although Lincoln County is currently a low-risk community, Lincoln County and City of Lincolnton officials understand the concerns of citizens and are being proactive in reviewing and discussing local preparations and a potential response should the need arise.
Lincoln County remained relatively low in positive COVID numbers when compared to adjoining counties throughout the pandemic, however, the county spent several weeks in the red tier pursuant to the COVID County Alert System which was rolled out by the NCDHHS in November 2020.
Adjoining Catawba and Gaston Counties remain in the orange tier. To be assigned to the red or orange tier, according to a press release issued by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, a county must meet the threshold for case rates for that tier and the threshold for either percent positive or hospital impact.
- Case Rate – the number of new cases in 14 days per 100,000 people
- Percent Positive – the percent of tests that are positive over 14 days
- Hospital Impact – a composite score based on the impact
Those counties in the orange tier have an 8-10% percent positive test rate.
The information provided by the Lincoln County Health Department doesn’t include the number of daily cases, the percent of positive cases nor hospitalization information. Given the county’s now in a yellow tier, it can be assumed that the rates have dropped.