March 31 Update

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Mitchell County Health Department Update:

*Most Recent District Numbers Below*
No matter what the specific case count is in our district, community transmission is present in our state and region. When you choose to follow precautions like avoiding unnecessary outings, maintain distance from others, wash your hands often, disinfect spaces, and stay home when you are sick, you are choosing to protect yourself and everyone around you. Thank you for choosing to protect yourself, your loved ones, your neighbors, and even those you may not know.

Avery- 47 People Tested
34 Negative Results
13 Pending Results
0 Positive Results

Mitchell- 44 People Tested
37 Negative Results
1 Positive Result (same one we have had)
6 Pending Results

Yancey- 38 People Tested
19 Negative Results
19 Pending Results
0 Positive Results

The medical professionals are saying that every county in North Carolina will see positive cases by the end of this week.

Our Health Director has done a great job keeping our district supplied with the most up to date information, isolation/quarantine procedures, testing supplies and procedures. No one saw Covid-19 coming; we are very fortunate to live in the mountains as it has bought us the most precious resource we have, time.

With this time we have been in constant communication with our state and federal partners. We have been talking with and watching our neighboring NC counties to see how they have responded, so when we start seeing more cases come to our home, we are ready.

What would it look like for our counties to start seeing more cases, or their first case?

First of all, we will need to remember that this person will be someone’s son or daughter, they might be someone’s father or mother. They may be someone we know and love. Whoever they are or wherever they are from, there just like us. They will not have wanted to get this, they might feel alone and scared. The one sure thing is that they will need our support. Any speculation shared in person or on social media as to the identity of individuals tested or their potential contacts could be harmful.
From the moment that a person is tested (actively sick), they are quarantined. They remain self-isolated until the following criteria are met.
• At least 7 days from the first day of symptoms
• At least 3 days (72 hours) without fever, having no medicine for fever with other symptoms improving.

During this period, they are to have no contact with others. Should they need food or medical items, our emergency management partners have a plan to help facilitate this.
This individual will be monitored and can stay in their residence to recover, unless they need further medical attention. Should they need it, we have it available. This individual will receive the highest quality health care available and put on a plan for recovery.

Household members should stay in another room or be separated as much as possible, using a separate bedroom and bathroom if available. Prohibit visitors that do not have an essential need to be in the home.

Household and close contacts of persons with a respiratory type illness should quarantine to the extent possible for 14 days and monitor symptoms. If household or close contact becomes sick during this period they are advised to isolate until the criteria for discontinuation of isolation (listed above) are met.
Regardless of our number of positive cases, remember, there are several things that you can do to protect yourself!

Staying at home, being careful when we must go to the grocery store or get delivery/take out. Always keep at least 6 feet from others and disinfect touch surfaces frequently. Always practice proper hand washing (15-20 seconds) with no face touching.

We will get through this together, and remember, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

FAQs about the Governor’s Executive Order

Section 2, Sub-Section C: For purposes of this Executive Order, a COVID-19 Essential Business and Operation includes the following Businesses, not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions. It proceeds to list sections 1 – 30

Section 2, number 26: Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries. “Manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing and supplying essential products and services in and for industries such as pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, chemicals and sanitization, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, transportation, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum and fuel, mining, construction, communications, as well as products used or commonly sold by other COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations.

Section 2, Sub-Section F: Businesses that have reviewed the Governor’s order and determined they may continue operations do not need to contact the NC Department of Revenue. If they feel they are excluded from the list of COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations but believe that they may be essential, then they have the opportunity to make a request to the Department to be included as a COVID-19 Essential Business or Operation. A business that has made a request to the Department to be included as a COVID-19 Essential Business or Operation may continue to operate until that request is acted upon.

  • From the Governor’s’ FAQs provided with the Stay At Home Order:
    • How will this Executive Order be enforced? Governor Cooper is seeking voluntary cooperation from all state residents and businesses to ensure the health and safety of our communities. If voluntary cooperation is not achieved, state and local law enforcement officers have the authority to enforce the Order.”

A message for businesses who bank with United Community Bank regarding the Paycheck Protection Program which is part of the $2 trillion CARES Act stimulus package. The Paycheck Protection Program is designed to help small businesses survive the economic devastation that the pandemic is causing. Our bankers stand ready to help determine your eligibility and walk you through the application process. For more information CLICK HERE

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