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A laboratory technician prepares COVID-19 patient samples for semi-automatic testing at Northwell Health Labs, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Lake Success, N.Y. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved faster testing protocols as the viral outbreak continues to spread worldwide. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness.

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.

There are no related deaths in North Carolina.

The Iredell County Health Department was notified by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services of the rise in cases on Sunday. That triples the number of cases since Saturday morning’s update.

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 states.

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 1-866-462-3821. Nurses and pharmacists from the North Carolina Poison Control are available to answer questions.

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