The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to pose a looming threat to the health and safety of the people of Mitchell County. As the situation continues to develop and new cases are reported throughout the state and the western North Carolina region, our local government continues to be proactive in taking the necessary steps to stem the spread of the disease through all appropriate means.
At this time, Mitchell County government and public health and safety officials are requesting that the use of all short-term rentals be suspended in Mitchell County until further notice, effective as of the date of this announcement, March 24 2020. This action is consistent with actions taken by other communities across the state and nation to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus due to human travel. Haman travel promotes the spread of the disease and the presence of visitors in Mitchell County has the potential to exacerbate strain on our limited healthcare facilities caused by it. This request is to assist in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in a manner and at a pace that overwhelms the state and Mitchell Comity’s ability to respond effectively in the coming days.
We realize that this request places a burden on the hotel accommodation and short-term rental sector of our economy and do not take making the request lightly, but if left unchecked it increases the potential for infection in our community.
If this request is not voluntarily complied with, an order may be entered compelling closure of all businesses and homes providing lodging or lodging and meals at a charge.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we stand together to beat this disease.
Vern Grindstaff, Vice-Chair, Mitchell County Board of Commissioners
Diane Creek, Director, Toe River Health Department
Kolby Silver, Director, Mitchell County Emergency Management
Lloyd Hise, Mitchell County Attorney