IREDELL COUNTY, NC — The number of known COVID-19 cases in Iredell County rose by 44 cases in the span of a day, county health officials reported Thursday. The new cases increase the county's tally of coronavirus cases to 4,284, representing an increase of 243 cases in the county in less than a week.
The county's coronavirus death toll was 46, and 30 county residents remained hospitalized for COVID-19 illness Thursday afternoon. Hospitalizations in the county have seen a dramatic rise in recent weeks, according to Iredell County Health Department.
During the week of Oct. 26, the county reported a weekly average of 24.6 hospitalizations, up from an average of 9.6 hospitalizations reported the week of Oct. 5.
As of Thursday, North Carolina reported 285,661 confirmed coronavirus cases, which included 2,859 cases confirmed since Wednesday, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Statewide, at least 1,193 were reported hospitalized.
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. Thursday, Nov. 5:
North Region (zip codes 27020, 27028, 27055, 28625, 28634, 28636, 28660, 28689 and 28678)
881 cases (up from 804 cases reported Oct. 30)
Central Region (zip codes 27013, 28166, 28677)
1,731 cases (up from 1,649 cases reported Oct. 30)
South Region (zip codes 28036, 28115, 28117, 28125)
1,672 cases (up from 1,588 cases reported Oct. 30)
Globally, more than 48.4 million people have been infected by COVID-19, and more than 1.2 million people have died, Johns Hopkins University reported Thursday. In the United States, more than 9.5 million people have been infected and more than 234,000 people have died from COVID-19.