IREDELL COUNTY, NC — The number of known COVID-19 cases in Iredell County rose to 3,182 Thursday, an increase of 118 new cases confirmed in the county in less than a week, according to Iredell County Health Department data.
As of Sept. 25, Iredell County reported 3,064 cases. Almost half of the new cases reported so far this week — at least 57 —were confirmed in southern Iredell County since Friday.
Health officials also recorded a new coronavirus death this week, raising the county's death toll to 41. At least 10 county residents remained hospitalized for COVID-19 illness as of Thursday afternoon. Out of the total tally of known cases in the county, 311 residents remained isolated in their homes and an estimated 2,820 cases were assumed recovered.
The number of known coronavirus cases in North Carolina rose to 212,909 total cases Oct. 1. The tally reflected a day-over-day increase of 2,277 known cases —the largest one-day jump reported since July 30.
The state's COVID-19 death toll rose by 47 Thursday, increasing the number of lives lost to COVID-19 in North Carolina to 3,579.
Iredell County health officials group cases into three regions of the county: North, Central and South. Here's a breakdown of where cases have been confirmed as of 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1:
North Region (zip codes 27020, 27028, 27055, 28625, 28634, 28636, 28660, 28689 and 28678)
640 cases (up from 621 cases reported Sept. 25)
Central Region (zip codes 27013, 28166, 28677)
1,297 cases (up from 1,255 cases reported Sept. 25)
South Region (zip codes 28036, 28115, 28117, 28125)
1,245 cases (up from 1,188 cases reported Sept. 25)
Earlier this week, state public health officials announced that nursing home and long term care facility patients in North Carolina will now be allowed to have visitors indoors. Visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and must wear a face mask, according to the new guidelines. The new visitation rules will apply to facilities that haven't had any positive COVID-19 cases in a 14-day span in counties where the percent positive rate is less than 10 percent.
As of Thursday, at least 235 nursing homes and 97 residential care facilities in North Carolina reported a COVID-19 outbreak, including facilities in Iredell County, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Here's a list of the Iredell County facilities that reported positive COVID-19 cases as of Sept. 29, according to DHHS:
Accordius Health at Statesville — 3 staff members and 2 residents tested positive
Autumn Care of Statesville — 2 staff members tested positive
Maple Leaf Health Care — 38 staff and 76 residents tested positive, 9 resident deaths
Brookdale Peachtree Assisted Living — 4 staff and 9 residents tested positive, 4 resident deaths
Brookdale Peachtree Memory Care — 2 staff and 2 residents tested positive, 1 resident death
Globally, more than 34 million people have been infected by COVID-19, and more than 1 million people have died, Johns Hopkins University reported Thursday afternoon. In the United States, more than 7.2 million people have been infected and more than 207,000 people have died from COVID-19.