Mitchell County Announces Eighth Death; NCDHHS Reports Highest New Cases

Mitchell County Health Department, a part of Toe River Health District, was notified today of its eighth CoVID-19 associated death in Mitchell County. The individual was in their 90’s. 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.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the state’s highest one-day number of COVID-19 cases today with 4,296 new cases reported. The record-high day follows several days of increasing trends in new cases, the percent of tests that are positive and hospitalizations. The weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Summary report released  on the number of people visiting the emergency department with COVID-like illness also showed an increase.