July 20th Update

Toe River Health District (July 19th post)


One Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Yancey County

Zero Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Mitchell County

Two Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Avery CountyLedger, NC

(July 19, 2020). Toe River Health District, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery Counties, were notified today, about the following positive cases in our district.Avery County had 2 new positive test results which puts them at 58 positive cases, 10 have recovered and 48 active. Yancey County had 1 new positive today which puts them at 88 positive cases, 67 have recovered and 21 active. Mitchell County had 0 new positives today which leaves them at 76 positive cases, 59 have recovered, 16 active and 2 deaths. Public health staff is working to complete the investigations and they are contacting 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 andfollow 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).

July 19, 2020 Mitchell County Announces Second DeathLedger, NC: Mitchell County Health Department, a part of Toe River Health District, was notified today of its second CoVID-19 associated death in Mitchell County. The individual, in their 60’s, was hospitalized. To protect the family’s privacy no further information about the patient will be released. “We want to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this individual,” said Toe River Health District Health Director, Diane Creek. This virus continues to spread within our communities and has the potential to cause fatal results to anyone infected. This is one reason why it is important for everyone to comply with the face covering requirement and social distance to reduce the spread of this virus.”The cases of community spread continue to rise within our counties. Remember to practice the 3 W’s at all times: Wear, a face covering when out in public and you cannot physically distance yourself from others, Wait at least 6 feet away from others and Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if you do not have access to soap and water. It is also imperative for those testing positive to Stay at Home.

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