IREDELL COUNTY, NC — At least seven schools in Iredell County reported positive COVID-19 cases this week, according to Iredell-Statesville Schools. The news comes as county health data indicates the spread of the virus increased by at least 171 lab-confirmed positive cases in the span of a week.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Iredell County jumped to 2,663 Friday, according the Iredell County Health Department said. As of Sept. 4, 30 Iredell County residents had died from coronavirus-related illness.
Iredell County Health Department said that 24 county residents remained hospitalized for COVID-19 illness as of Friday afternoon. Out of the total tally of known cases in the county, 408 residents remained isolated in their homes and an estimated 2,201 cases were assumed recovered.
The emerging presence of COVID-19 in public schools in the county prompted Iredell-Statesville Schools to compile a weekly report after schools reported positive cases. During the week of Aug. 31, at least eight positive coronavirus cases were reported at seven ISS schools. Last week, at least a dozen cases were reported in the school district.
ISS school district, which is comprised of 37 schools, is now releasing a weekly COVID-19 report. The report, however, did not indicate how those who tested positive were affiliated with the school.
Here is the listing of schools reporting positive COVID-19 cases in the past week:
Lake Norman Elementary: positive case; No close contacts.
North Iredell Middle: positive case; No close contacts.
Celeste Henkel Elementary: positive case; No close contacts.
Third Creek Elementary School: positive case; no close contacts
Statesville High School: positive case; no close contacts
North Iredell High School: positive case; Close contacts were notified and instructed to quarantine until September 11, 2020.
Harmony Elementary: positive case; Close contacts were notified and instructed to quarantine until September 14, 2020.
Third Creek Elementary School: positive case; Close contacts were notified and instructed to quarantine until September 11, 2020.
North Carolina reported 174,254 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state Friday, which included 2,045 newly confirmed cases, according to data released by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Iredell County health officials are grouping 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. Friday, Sept. 4:
North Region (zip codes 27020, 27028, 27055, 28625, 28634, 28636, 28660, 28689 and 28678)
555 cases (up from 533 cases reported Aug. 28)
Central Region (zip codes 27013, 28166, 28677)
1,104 cases (up from 1,015 cases reported Aug. 28)
South Region (zip codes 28036, 28115, 28117, 28125)
1,004 cases (up from 944 cases reported Aug. 28)
Globally, more than 26 million people have been infected by COVID-19, and more than 871,000 people have died, Johns Hopkins said Friday. In the U.S., more than 6.1 million people have been infected with the virus and more than 187,000 have died.