July 28th Update

Mitchell County Health Department:

Toe River Health District AnnouncesOne Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Yancey CountyZero Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Mitchell CountyFive Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Avery CountyLedger, NC (July 27, 2020). Toe River Health District, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery Counties, were notified today, about the following positive cases in our district.Avery County had 5 new positive today which puts them at 78 positive cases, 63 have recovered and 15 active. Yancey County had 1 new positive today which leaves them at 94 positive cases, 87 have recovered and 7 active. Mitchell County had 0 new positives today which leaves them at 106 positive cases, 68 have recovered, 36 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).

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