MOORESVILLE, NC — The number of known coronavirus cases in Iredell County rose by 132 Thursday, according to county health data.
As of Jan. 28, the spread of COVID-19 increased to 13,781 cases, Iredell County Health Department said. At least 168 county residents have died from COVID-19 since March.
Of the deaths reported in the county, at least 36 percent for fatalities from coronavirus have occurred since Jan. 1, according to ICHD data.
Coronavirus hospitalizations decreased to 48 patients Thursday, down from 60 reported Monday.
A mass vaccination event is set for Friday, Jan. 29 at Mazeppa Park in Mooresville at 10 a.m. Healthcare workers, long-term care workers and anyone 65 years old and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination during the drive-through event.
Iredell County is one of 86 counties in the state where coronavirus spread is considered to be at a critical level, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Community spread of COVID-19 continues to impact area schools. At least three of the 56 positive COVID-19 cases reported in Iredell-Statesville Schools last week were a result of secondary spread within a school, according to Iredell-Statesville Schools.
The news comes as community spread of COVID-19 led to 1,006 students and 132 school district staff members to stay home either with symptoms or in quarantine out of caution, ISS reported Friday. Between Jan. 15 and Jan. 21, at least 32 students and 24 school district staff members tested positive for COVID-19, the school district said.
Of the students reported as out, at least 408 were in quarantine due to a school contact, 409 were in quarantine from a possible community contact, and 189 were isolating with COVID-19 symptoms, ISS said. Among staff members, at least 31 were in quarantine due to a school contact, 54 were in quarantine from a possible community contact, and 47 were isolating with COVID-19 symptoms.
North Carolina reported 6,490 new COVID-19 cases Thursday as the state's death toll rose by 131, DHHS said. As of Jan. 28, the state's tally of coronavirus cases increased to 739,500 known cases, and nearly 8 percent of tests were positive. At least 9,046 deaths in the state are attributed to COVID-19.