The Yancey County Health Department had 14 new positive CoVID-19 cases on Thursday, October 15th. This number includes a congregate living facility and several individuals. All positive cases are being quarantined.
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 County Health Department will keep the public informed by announcing any additional cases that may arise.
Coronavirus symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste, loss of smell, diarrhea, nausea, headache, sore throat, runny or congested nose 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:
Wear – a mask when out in public
Wait – Practice social distancing (at least 6 feet)
Wash – 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
Routine use of these measures by everyone will decrease the spread of viruses and respiratory diseases in our community.