FROM STAFF REPORTS
Seven more people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have died since Friday in Iredell County.
The Iredell County Health Department reported four new deaths Monday and three more on Tuesday, increasing the COVID-19 death toll in the county to 285 people.
Local health officials do not release personal information about COVID-19 patients, including those who pass away.
In addition to the recent surge in deaths attributed to COVID-19, health officials continue to report a wave of new cases. A total of 406 new laboratory confirmed cases were reported Monday and Tuesday in Iredell.
As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 84 COVID-19 patients hospitalized across the county. Seventy-one of those patients are Iredell residents; the other 13 live elsewhere.
Health officials continue to urge residents who have not being vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. The vast majority of COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized in Iredell are unvaccinated.