April 16th Update

Update from Mitchell County Health Department:

The Mitchell County Health Department, part of Toe River Health District, was notified at 11:20 am today that a Mitchell County resident has tested positive for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual is in isolation.

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.

Mitchell County Health Department 4/16/2020 Most Recent District Numbers Below

Community transmission is present in our District. When you choose to follow precautions you are choosing to protect yourself and everyone around you.

Local health departments are not tracking persons with mild symptoms. We have asked that anyone with mild symptoms self-quarantine themselves. Here is a link for frequently asked questions surrounding self-quarantine COVID-19.


We have had some questions about antibody testing and its availability. Antibody testing is in its infancy, and we have no antibody tests available. The FDA has been working with several labs to create accurate and reliable tests. As time goes on these tests will become increasingly available.

Remember the best way to protect yourself is to;
• Stay at home, especially when you’re sick
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
• Wash your hands often
• Cover your cough and/or sneeze
• Clean and disinfect touch surfaces often

Avery- 63 People Tested
61 Negative Results
2 Pending Results
0 Positive Results

Mitchell- 76 People Tested
66 Negative Results
6 Pending Results
2 People have tested Positive
2 People have Recovered

Yancey- 71 People Tested
69 Negative Results
0 Positive Results
2 Pending Result

2-1-1 Has a New Online Tool
NC 211 has launched a new online search tool allowing for easier search of resources. NC 211 has handled over 19,718 calls since activation on 18 March and more than 67,000 people have registered to receive COVID-19 text updates.
Online Search Tool

To ensure that your questions get a timely response, please call your local health department.

Avery Co. Health Department (828)-733-6031
Mitchell Co. Health Department (828)-688-2371
Yancey Co. Health Department (828)-682-6118

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