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The Toe River Health District has confirmed two additional deaths related to COVID-19 in Avery County on Friday, Nov. 13.

LEDGER- Avery County Health Department, a part of Toe River Health District, was notified on Friday, Nov. 13, of its fifth and sixth CoVID-19-associated deaths in Avery County, according to a release from the district. One individual was in their 60s. The second individual was in their 50s. 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 these individuals,” Toe River Health District Health Director Diane Creek said. “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 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 six 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."

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