April 7th Update

Mitchell County Health Department: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toe River Health District Announces
Third Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Mitchell County
Ledger, NC (April 7, 2020). The Mitchell County Health Department, part of Toe River Health District, was notified at
12:30 am today that a Mitchell County resident has tested positive for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual is in
isolation. This case is not connected to the previous two cases. Public health staff have already initiated an investigation and will be identifying close contacts to contain the spread of disease. To protect individual privacy, no further information about the case will be released. The Mitchell County Health Department will continue to keep the public informed by announcing any additional cases through our local media partners.It is important for the community to understand that the identification of additional case does not change our local strategies for preventing and reducing the spread of disease. Above all else, please isolate yourself at home if you are sick. Coronavirus symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you experience these symptoms, please call your healthcare provider and follow their advice. If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 and inform the dispatcher that you have symptoms of COVID-19. Remember that 80% of coronavirus cases generate only mild symptoms. “It’s especially important to be proactive at this time,” added Diane Creek, Mitchell County Health Director. “We are blessed in Mitchell County to have a strong community.

Your public officials and county leadership are continuing to work to prepare for the impact of this virus. Community members can do their part by following the guidelines, and by remembering that we’re all in this together, and to support one another”. Because COVID-19 is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, the Health Department urges everyone to take precautions to protect
themselves from the spread of all respiratory illness, including flu and COVID-19:
* Stay home
* Especially stay home when sick
* Practice social distancing- stay at least 6 feet away from others
* Avoid contact with persons that you know are sick
* Cover your cough (cough into the crook of your elbow; or use a tissue and throw in trash)
* Practice good hand hygiene (wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially
after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing)
* If you do not have access to soap and water use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol
* Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces with household cleaners
Routine use of these measures by everyone will decrease the spread of viruses and respiratory diseases in our

It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources like
the CDC, NCDHHS and the Mitchell County Public Health Department. For more information, call the North Carolina
Coronavirus Hotline at 1-866-462-3821 (staffed by nurses and pharmacists 24/7), or visit the Center for Disease
Control’s website for information and frequent updates.

WNC Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, April 8 at 11:00 am featuring NC Small Business Administration (SBA) Director. Click Here to Register

EDPNC: NC Business Survey

Feedback from this survey will be used to inform local and state elected officials, government agencies and others of the economic and human impact of the COVID-19 virus in NC. Your responses will be kept confidential and reported in the aggregate.

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IRS issues warning about Coronavirus-related scams; watch out for schemes tied to economic impact payments. Read More

Wednesday, April 8th at Noon, webinar “Choosing Which Federal Aid Program is Right for your business” in partnership with the UNC Tax Center and the UNC Entrepreneurship Center.

This webinar will feature expert discussion of how to determine which federal aid programs are best for your business, including the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and others under the CARES Act.

Register Here

NCDHHS to help pay for child care for essential workers, give bonuses to child care programs

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced today that it has established an Emergency Child Care Subsidy Program to help essential workers pay for child care during the COVID-19 pandemic through May. In addition, child care programs that stay open to assist essential workers will receive bonuses in April and May. Full-time teachers will receive $300 per month and full-time non-teaching staff members, including administrators, janitors and support staff, will receive $200 per month. Learn more

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