LEDGER — Toe River Health District announced Mitchell County’s 17th death related to COVID-19 in a press release on December 7. The reported noted a pair of county deaths in both Mitchell and Avery counties.
“Mitchell County Health Department was notified today of two CoVID-19 associated deaths,” the release stated. This brings the total number of deaths to 17. One individual was in their 70’s and one individual was in their 90’s. To protect the family’s privacy no further information about the patients 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 reduce the spread of this virus.”
“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,” according to TRHD.
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 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. TRHD notes that 80 percent of coronavirus cases generate only mild symptoms.