SPINDALE — There have been 158 new coronavirus cases within the first three days of this week.

Wednesday’s COVID-19 update for Rutherford County included 57 new cases, followed by Tuesday’s spike of 74 cases and Monday’s 27 cases, according to health officials.

Rutherford’s overall positivity rate has also climbed to 12.5%, but the 7-day average is expected to rise by as much as three to four times higher when the week’s average is calculated.

The county’s recent surge has led to a cumulative total of 2,326 cases since the pandemic began.

Perhaps the most concerning statistic is the number of victims hospitalized. As of Wednesday, there were 23 hospitalized among 345 active cases. Three more victims have been hospitalized since Tuesday.

After a COVID-related death was reported Monday, the county’s death toll remains at 85.

More than 5,100 people have died thus far across the state due to the coronavirus while the state is setting new records in the number of victims hospitalized.

On the eve of Thanksgiving, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 4,212 new COVID-19 cases — the third highest number of new daily cases since the start of the pandemic.