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.

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