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Toe River Health District has confirmed the first death related to COVID-19 in Yancey County. 

Ledger — Yancey County Health Department, a part of the Toe River Health District, was notified that their first COVID-19 associated death occurred on July 22. The individual, who was in their 80s, was in and out of a county nursing home. To protect the family’s privacy, TRHD will not release any further information about the patient.

“We want to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this individual,” 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 to social distance in order to reduce the spread of this virus.”

According to TRHD, The cases of community spread continue to rise within the tri-county region. The heath district reminds residents to practice the three W’s at all times: wear a face covering when out in public and when 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, according to TRHD.

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