Albemarle Regional Health Services reported two more COVID-19 deaths in Pasquotank County on Tuesday, raising the total number of county deaths from the respiratory disease to 17.

ARHS said in a press release that both Pasquotank residents died from complications from the disease, which is caused by the highly contagious coronavirus. One person was over the age of 65; the other was between the ages of 50 and 64.

The regional public health department said neither death was connected to an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the county.

Fourteen of the county’s COVID-19 deaths have been reported at Elizabeth City Health and Rehabilitation, an Elizabeth City-based nursing home. Tuesday’s deaths bring the number in Pasquotank not connected to the nursing home to three.

The two deaths in Pasquotank increase the number in ARHS’ eight-county region to 35.

Statewide, the number of COVID-19 deaths rose to 1,343 on Tuesday, an increase of 18 from Monday. The number of COVID-19 cases, meanwhile, rose to 64,670, an increase of 1,156 from Monday.

The number of virus cases in the eight-county region only rose by one, to 644. The number of active cases fell to 79, a decrease of seven from Monday. Only Pasqutoank, with 37, and Camden, with 13, had more than eight active cases. Regionwide, only 12 percent of COVID-19 cases are still active.

Five-hundred thirty-five persons in the region with a lab-confirmed case of the virus, meanwhile, have recovered from the disease. Statewide, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said Monday that 45,538 persons have recovered from the virus. That’s about 70 percent of those diagnosed with the disease.