May 28th Update

Mitchell County Health Department:

Community Spread is here, make sure 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

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

Mitchell- 459 People Tested
426 Negative Results
24 Pending Results
9 Total Positive Cases
(Of those 9 total positives, we have 1 active case and 8 that have recovered)

Yancey- 588 People Tested
561 Negative Results
15 Pending Results
12 Total Positive Cases
(Of those 12 total positives, we have 2 active cases 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

Governor’s Office:

Governor Cooper announced this week that the new NC Pandemic Recovery office, a temporary office that coordinates and oversees federal and state funds for COVID-19 recovery legislation, has issued payments to 59 counties from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). This week, $85.4 million will be paid to counties that have completed their certification. The money can be used for medical and public health expenses related to virus response, such as testing, personal protective equipment, cleaning costs and overtime pay.

“This money is crucial for local governments to help pay for health and public safety officials, telemedicine, personal protective equipment, and more,” said Governor Cooper.

NC PRO will offer technical assistance for entities who receive funds as well as ensure proper reporting of state and federal funds paid out. For more information on NCPRO, the county payments or the new leadership in the office, go to the NCPRO website.

Read the Press Release to learn more about the funding levels and what the funds may be used for locally.

t’s important to rely on trusted sources of information about COVID-19. Keep up with the latest information on Coronavirus in North Carolina HERE.Text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19 and North Carolina’s response.Dial 2-1-1 provides free, confidential information and is available 24 hours a day to help you find resources within your community. They can connect you with people and groups that can help with questions about access to food, shelter, health care, employment and child care.Families who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to find free meal sites in their communities.
Make sure to prioritize your overall wellness and don’t hesitate to seek additional help.Optum has a toll-free 24-hour Emotional Support Help Line at 866-342-6892 for people who may be experiencing anxiety or stress due to Coronavirus. 
You can track the disease in real time through the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 NC Dashboard. It includes detailed information about the state’s COVID-19 confirmed cases, hospital capacity and more.
On Wednesday, Governor Cooper and Dr. Mandy Cohen teamed up to answer questions from North Carolina’s young people about the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the Kid’s Q&A.

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