IREDELL COUNTY — Nearly six dozen cases of coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, were confirmed in Iredell County in less than a week. As of Monday, June 8, the county had 348 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, up from 277 reported June 2, according to North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services data.
At least 21 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the county since Friday. Included in that tally are at least four children.
The number of known cases is increasing as testing efforts expand throughout the county and state.
"During the last two weeks there has been a county-wide increase in testing as a result of the fewer restrictions required for testing," Meghan Redford, spokesperson for the Iredell County Health Department, told Patch Monday. "Individuals no longer have to be symptomatic to receive a COVID-19 test."
ICHD has tested more than 800 county residents at community testing events in the past two weeks. Testing has also expanded to some local pharmacies, and become available for close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases, she said.
"These are all factors that contribute to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Iredell County," Redford said.
As of Monday afternoon, four county residents were hospitalized for a COVID-19 related illness. Six county residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 since collection of data related to the outbreak began in March.
About 6 percent of the county's confirmed cases were children under 17 years of age, ICHD data indicated Monday. Most of the cases — about 43 percent — were of residents who were 25 to 49 years old.
The county's COVID-19 case tally is cumulative and, as of June 8, included an estimated 228 cases that are assumed recovered, according to the health department. At least 105 Iredell County residents with the new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, were isolating in their homes.
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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. June 8:
North Region (zip codes 27020, 27028, 27055, 28625, 28634, 28636, 28660, 28689 and 28678)
- 77 cases (up from 73 cases reported June 5)
Central Region (zip codes 27013, 28166, 28677)
- 129 cases (up from 119 cases reported June 5)
South Region (zip codes 28036, 28115, 28117, 28125)
- 137 cases (up from 135 cases reported June 5)
The county's COVID-19 count includes a confirmed outbreak at The Citadel nursing home in Mooresville, where one staff member and one resident have tested positive. A previously reported outbreak involving three staff members and one resident at Autumn Care nursing home in Statesville is now considered over, a North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services report said Friday.
Health officials consider two or more cases at congregate living facilities, such as a nursing home or jail, to be an outbreak. As of Monday, state public health officials confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks in 96 nursing homes, 49 residential care facilities and 19 correctional facilities.
North Carolina labs confirmed 938 cases of COVID-19 Monday, increasing the state's total number to more than 36,000. There were 10 new coronavirus-related deaths reported in North Carolina since Sunday, pushing the death toll to 1,006, NC Department of Health and Human Services said.
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