Six cases of coronavirus reported in Iredell County

  

Iredell County now has six presumptive positive cases of coronavirus, according to local officials.

The total of reported positive cases across North Carolina rose to 255 on Sunday, up from 184 on Saturday, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.

There are no related deaths in North Carolina.

The Health Department is ”managing this rapidly evolving situation by making contact with the individuals, identifying and contacting the close contacts of the individuals, and instructing close contacts to stay home and monitor their symptoms in an attempt to contain potential spread,” the department said.

The Health Department also issued a reminder that if one has been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting the test results, “you should self-quarantine to prevent the possible transmission of the disease. This means you should stay home and limit any close contact with family, friends and the general public as much as possible,” the department states.

Close contact is defined as being within six feet of a person for a prolonged period of time, generally a minimum of 10 minutes, the department states. If one develops a fever, a cough, or has shortness of breath, “you should also immediately limit your contact with family, friends, and the general public and seek testing,” the department states.

In nearby counties, Mecklenburg County has 66 confirmed cases,

Forsyth County has 12, Cabarrus has four and Lincoln, Catawba, Gaston, Rowan, Davie and Davidson counties are reporting one each, as of Sunday morning.

Earlier this week, state officials confirmed what they suspect to be the first case of community spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Residents with general questions about can call the NC Division of Public Health Coronavirus Call Line 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 866-462-3821. Nurses and pharmacists from the North Carolina Poison Control are available to answer questions.