FROM STAFF REPORTS
Iredell County health officials reported 139 new laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday along with three more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus.
The deaths were the county’s 62nd, 63rd and 64th since the onset of the pandemic in March. November has the been the deadliest month in Iredell with 20 deaths now attributed to COVID-19.
Local health officials do not release personal information about COVID-19 patients, including those who die.
With the additional cases reported Wednesday, there have now been 5,617 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iredell — with 1,929 of those reported in November.
Twenty-six people who have tested positive in the county are currently hospitalized, and another 1,214 with positive test results are isolating at home.
Health officials estimate that 4,313 people who have tested positive in Iredell have recovered, although some of them could develop long-term health issues.
With the November surge in cases and deaths, local officials have urged residents to avoid large holiday gatherings. Residents should wear face coverings, practice social distancing and wash their hands frequently.