May 27th Update

Mitchell County Health Department:

Update May 27th 4:10 pm

One Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Mitchell County

Ledger, NC (May 27, 2020). The Mitchell County Health Department, part of Toe River Health District, was notified today that a Mitchell County resident has tested positive for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual has been and continues to be in isolation. This makes a total of 9 positive cases in Mitchell County. Out of those 9 positive cases, 7 of them have recovered.

Public health staff have already completed an investigation and have identified 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, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste, loss of smell, diarrhea, nausea, headache, and body aches. 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.

Mitchell County Health Department

Community Spread is here, make sure you 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

Avery- 566 People Tested
534 Negative Results
30 Pending Results
2 Positive Cases

Mitchell- 447 People Tested
411 Negative Results
28 Pending Results
8 Total Positive Cases
(Of those 8 total positives, we have 1 active case and 7 that have recovered)

Yancey- 579 People Tested
558 Negative Results
10 Pending Results
11 Total Positive Cases
(Of those 11 total positives, we have 1 active case and 10 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

Mitchell County will receive $493,469 in relief funds that can be used to offset coronavirus-related costs incurred by establishing temporary medical facilities, testing, disinfecting public areas, implementing public safety measures, and purchasing and distributing protective supplies.

“We are working on the allocation of funds,” said Tim Greene, Mitchell County manager. “Some of the funds will be used to offset payroll expenses associated with mitigating and responding to the pandemic, purchasing sanitizing products, personal protective equipment, etc.”

https://www.mitchellnews.com/…/county-gets-nearly-500k-covi…

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