Yancey County Announces First Death from COVID-19

Yancey County Health Department, a part of Toe River Health District, was notified that their first CoVID-19 associated death occurred on July 22nd  The individual, in their 80’s, was in an out of county nursing home. To protect the family’s privacy no further information about the patient will be released.   Toe River Health District Health Director, Diane Creek extended deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the individual.

Creek added; “This virus continues to spread within our communities and has the potential to cause fatal results to anyone infected.  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.”

The test results for (Thursday) July 30th were:

Avery County with 4 new positive test results on Thursday, which puts Avery County at 89 known positive cases, 64 have recovered and 25 active.

Mitchell County had 2 new positives on Thursday that puts Mitchell at 111 known positive cases, 96 have recovered, 13 active and 2 deaths.

Yancey County had 3 new positives on Thursday, Yancey County now has 98 known positive cases, 90 have recovered and 7 active and 1 death from the complications of COVID-19.