APTOPIX Virus Outbreak Washington

Laurie Kuypers, a registered nurse, reaches into a car to take a nasopharyngeal swab from a patient at a drive-through COVID-19 coronavirus testing station for University of Washington Medicine patients Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Seattle. The appointment-only drive-through clinic began a day earlier. Health authorities in Washington reported more COVID19 deaths in the state that has been hardest hit by the outbreak. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

A person from Cabarrus County died Tuesday from complications associated with coronavirus. The patient was in their late 70s and had several underlying medical conditions.

A second person in their 60s, from Virginia who was traveling through North Carolina, also died from COVID-19 complications. Officials said to protect the families’ privacy, no further information about these patients will be released.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to these families and loved ones. This is a sad reminder that for some people COVID-19 can be a serious illness. It’s up to all of us to slow the spread of the coronavirus by taking this seriously and practicing social distancing,” said Governor Roy Cooper.

Iredell County now has 11 cases of coronavirus, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The number of reported cases in North Carolina continued to rise at a rapid rate with 504 reported as of Wednesday morning, according to state officials. There were 398 reported cases at the same time on Tuesday morning.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services updates a county-by-county breakdown of cases each morning. There have been 10,489 tests completed in the state.

In nearby counties, Mecklenburg County has 142 reported cases. Forsyth County has 15, Cabarrus County has 12, Rowan County has six, Catawba County has four, Gaston County has three, Davidson County has two and Lincoln and Davie counties have one each.

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