July 6th Update

Mitchell County Health Department:

Toe River Health District Announces
Two Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Yancey County
One Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Mitchell County
Zero Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Avery County

Ledger, NC (July 5, 2020). Toe River Health District, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery Counties, were notified today, Avery County had no additional positive test results so they remain at 25 positive cases, 6 have recovered and 19 active. Yancey County had 2 new positives today which puts them at 52 positive cases, 41 have recovered and 11 are active. Mitchell County has 1 new positive today which puts them at 52 positive cases, 26 have recovered and 26 are active.

Public health staff has completed the investigation and they have contacted close contacts to contain the spread of disease. To protect individual privacy, no further information about the cases will be released.

The Yancey, Mitchell and Avery County Health Departments will keep the public informed by announcing any additional cases that may arise through our local media partners.

Coronavirus symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste, loss of smell, diarrhea, nausea, headache, sore throat, 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.

Because COVID-19 is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, the Health Department urges everyone to take precautions to protect themselves from the spread of all respiratory illness, including flu and COVID-19:
• Stay home as much as possible
• Especially stay home when sick
• Practice social distancing (at least 6 feet)
• Wear a mask when out in public
• Avoid contact with persons that you know are sick
• Cover your cough (cough into the crook of your elbow; or use a tissue and throw in trash)
• Practice good hand hygiene (wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing)
• If you do not have access to soap and water use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol
• Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces with household cleaners
Routine use of these measures by everyone will decrease the spread of viruses and respiratory diseases in our community.

It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources like the CDC, NCDHHS and Yancey, Mitchell and Avery County Health Departments. For more information, call the North Carolina Coronavirus Hotline at 1-866-462-3821 (staffed by nurses and pharmacists 24/7).

Gov. Cooper signs COVID-19 Liability Safe Harbor into lawLast week, Gov. Roy Cooper signed House Bill 118 “COVID-19 Liability Safe Harbor” into law. The new law will “provide limited immunity from liability for claims based on transmission of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).”  Per the N.C. Travel & Tourism Coalition, which was one of the entities promoting the bill’s passage, this “will extend COVID-19 immunity protections previously passed by the General Assembly as part of SB 704. The immunity protections will extend beyond essential businesses to protect all businesses, non-profits, and individuals from unwarranted and excessive COVID-19 litigation. This bill will help tourism businesses have additional confidence as they reopen safely.”

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