April 21st Update

Mitchell County Health Department:

We have two counties that have not received a positive result as of yet. This does not mean there are not positive cases here. This just indicates that no one we have tested is positive nor have we been notified of a positive from another area coming here.

Regardless of the number of positive cases, if you follow these precautions you are choosing to protect yourself from COVID-19.

• 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

All three of our health departments and our area hospitals have tests and test when the need arises.

Also, we are getting numerous calls about restaurants wanting to open.


Our office has received several complaints about local restaurants planning to allow patrons to come in and sit down to eat a meal, while we are still under our Executive Orders.

Should any establishment choose to violate any section of these Orders, that matter will become a law enforcement issue.

This is the last thing that our law enforcement wants to do.
Should you chose to patronize any establishment that is disobeying these Orders, you too will have chosen to disobey the Executive Order.

Avery- 66 People Tested
66 Negative Results
0 Pending Results
0 Positive Results

Mitchell- 87 People Tested
79 Negative Results
3 Pending Results
2 People have tested Positive
3 People have Recovered

Yancey- 71 People Tested
71 Negative Results
0 Pending Results

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

Supply Connector: Calling any local businesses or small manufacturers…Check out the Supply Connector, that connects essential service providers to manufacturers of needed supplies for the COVID-19 pandemic, and also connects our manufacturers with the materials and resources they need to pivot and sell PPE, ventilator components, etc.
Click below to learn how you may be able to help produce needed materials and resources. https://supplyconnector.org/?fbclid=IwAR1r-dBhl0xSccP5cyUpGBIroM-tM5C7EbolLEPRbIra7-NZTdWBJ3EJeQc

Community Resources for Children and Adolescents: The Mitchell News Journal published a Community Resource Guide compiled by Mitchell County Schools Social Worker and Mitchell-Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force program manager Jeff Spargo Email jeff@pathwnc.org to have a resource added to the list.. Go to the resource page here on Mitchell News Journal site.

PPP Update from United Community Bank: Since we began accepting PPP applications on April 4, 2020, our team has worked tirelessly to process 6,918 loan applications with the SBA to reserve over $960 million in funding for small businesses in need. We are proud to play a role in supporting our communities during this challenging time.

The $349 billion provided to the SBA for this loan program has been fully allocated as of April 16, 2020. However, there is hope that a second round of funding will be allocated for PPP loans. We are in the process of notifying all applicants by email with an update on the status of their application. Due to the volume of applications we received, it may take a few days for all applicants to be notified. We appreciate your patience as we try our best to communicate with you.

To small businesses still in need of assistance, please review temporary relief options provided by the SBA here: https://bit.ly/2R90eGG
If you have applied with us and require additional information regarding your application, please contact our team at ucbicares@ucbi.com.

Thank you to everyone who expressed interest or applied for PPP assistance through United. We stand alongside businesses in our communities during these challenging times.

New Grant for Small Businesses: Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as we can. We hope these supplemental funds will help you get through the next days and weeks.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Funding Available
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has received supplemental funding to provide emergency relief to institutions and organizations working in the humanities that have been affected by the coronavirus.  In keeping with Congress’s intent in enacting the CARES Act, proposed short-term projects should emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff. 

NEH invites applications from eligible organizations seeking support for at-risk humanities positions and projects that have been impacted by the coronavirus. NEH will award grants to museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, independent research institutions, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and other cultural organizations across the country to help these entities continue to advance their mission during the interruption of their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Click Here for More Info

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