The Mitchell County, NC Health Department, part of Toe River Health District, was notified Thursday, April 16th that another of its county residents has tested positive for COVID-19.

High Country Press reports the individual is in isolation. It's the fifth confirmed COVID-19 case in Mitchell County.

Public health officials have already initiated an investigation and will be identifying close contacts to contain the spread of disease.

As of April 16, Avery and Yancey counties, also a part of the Toe River Health District, still had no confirmed cases of the virus, two of only seven counties in the state with no cases.