May 20th Update

Mitchell County Health Department:

Community Spread is here, make sure you take control to protect yourself and others.

So don’t forget to;

· Stay home (unless you have to work)

· Especially stay home when sick

· Social distancing (at least 6 feet)

· Avoid being around sick people

· Shop when stores are not as busy

· Wear a mask when in public places

· Cover your cough or sneeze, or cough/sneeze into your bent elbow

· Wash hands for at least 20 seconds

· If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol

· Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces

I have noticed some comments on social media as well as overheard some comments when I was out and about. These comments were directed to people not wearing masks and were not very nice.

Masks are a great way to help prevent the spread, and we do encourage everyone that can to wear them. However, there are people that have trouble breathing and have certain medical conditions that may prevent them from wearing a mask. Also, children under the age of 2 should not wear masks.

So, please be kind and considerate to everyone around you.

Avery- 501 People Tested

452 Negative Results

48 Pending Results

1 Positive Case

Mitchell- 231 People Tested

208 Negative Results

17 Pending Results

6 Total Positive Cases

(Of those 6 total positives, we have 1 active case, and 5 that have recovered)

Yancey- 542 People Tested

481 Negative Results

51 Pending Results

10 Total Positive Cases

(Of those 10 total positives, we have 2 active cases, and 8 that have recovered)

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

NC DHHS COVID-19 Dashboard

https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard

NC Restaurant and Lodging Association:

Yesterday the NC DHHS issued interim guidance for restaurant operations during COVID 19. https://ncrla.help/…/NC-DHHS-Interim-Guidance-for-Restauran…
This is the first step in what is likely to be a long recovery for our industry.

Many restaurants across our state look forward to welcoming guests back into dining rooms soon. Others will remain closed for now. Operating at 50% capacity just doesn’t work for their business model. We respect that this will be a restaurant by restaurant decision. Things may look and feel a bit different, but the incredible people, the familiar dishes and the tasty cocktails will help put guests at ease.
Please be patient, respectful and kind. It matters.

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