SPINDALE — Rutherford County suffered its 10th coronavirus death this week after two more residents died, according to Friday’s update by the health department.

Health officials reported the additional deaths, bringing the cumulative total of COVID-19 fatalities in Rutherford to 54. The latest update also reported another spike in positive cases with 32, for a total of 1,528 cases locally.

There are 174 active cases, nine more than Thursday’s update. Presently, 23 victims are hospitalized for an increase of two over a 24-hour period.

A number of states are experiencing a renewed surge in positive cases and deaths related to COVID-19. If the spike continues more public restrictions could be implemented.