MONROE — Union County eclipsed 2,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Sunday (July 26), according to a report from N.C. Department of Heath and Human Services; the first case in the County was confirmed on March 18.

The City of Monroe is taking the brunt of the international pandemic, accounting for nearly half (1,256) of the 2,533 confirmed cases and 23 of County’s 37 deaths (62%) reported by NCDHHS on Monday. Monroe makes up about 15% of Union County’s population, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Census.

The most populated zip code in Union County, 28079, which includes the Town of Indian Trail, has 311 confirmed cases with five virus-related deaths as of Monday. Monroe’s 28110 zip code reports a County-high 748 cases and 16 deaths, while the City’s 28112 zip code has 504 confirmed cases and seven deaths.

Waxhaw’s 28173 zip code ranks third in the County with 480 confirmed cases (one death). The 28104 zip code (Matthews, Weddington, Indian Trail, Wesley Chapel) has 261 cases and five deaths reported.

At least seven zip codes in Union County have reported over 100 cases in a span of less than five months, including Wingate’s 28174 (144 cases, two deaths) and Marshville’s 28103 (121 cases, one death).

The World Health Organization has reported more than 16 million COVID-19 cases on the planet and nearly 650,000 virus-related deaths in 2020. The United States has by far the most confirmed cases with more than four million, while Brazil is second with 2.4 million. The U.S. is approaching 150,000 deaths from the virus in a span of less than six months.

The worst influenza pandemic in U.S. history started in 1918 and took the lives of approximately 675,000 Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. population at the time was estimated at 103 million (census.gov), and has since grown to about 331 million.