IREDELL COUNTY, NC — The number of known COVID-19 cases in Iredell County jumped by 129 cases in the span of a day, county health officials reported Friday. The new cases increase the county's tally of coronavirus cases to 4,730, representing an increase of 377 cases in the county in a week.
As of Friday, the county's coronavirus death toll was 52, an increase of two deaths reported since Thursday. At least 23 county residents remained hospitalized for COVID-19 illness Friday afternoon. Hospitalizations in the county have seen a dramatic rise in recent weeks, according to Iredell County Health Department.
During the week of Nov. 2, the county reported a weekly average of 29.6 hospitalizations, up from an average of 9.6 hospitalizations reported the week of Oct. 5.
The news comes as North Carolina public health officials reported the state's tally of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 305,233. COVID-19 has taken the lives of at least 4,720 North Carolinians, DHHS reported Friday, an increase of 138 deaths in a week.
Iredell County health officials group cases into three regions of the county: North, Central and South. Here's a breakdown of how many cases were confirmed in each region as of 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13:
North Region (zip codes 27020, 27028, 27055, 28625, 28634, 28636, 28660, 28689 and 28678)
956 cases (up from 881 cases reported Nov. 5)
Central Region (zip codes 27013, 28166, 28677)
1,895 cases (up from 1,731 cases reported Nov. 5)
South Region (zip codes 28036, 28115, 28117, 28125)
1,879 cases (up from 1,672 cases reported Nov. 5)
Globally, more than 53.1 million people have been infected by COVID-19, and more than 1.3 million people have died, Johns Hopkins University reported Friday. In the United States, more than 10.6 million people have been infected and more than 243,000 people have died from COVID-19.