Yancey County Health Department, a part of Toe River Health District, was notified that their first CoVID-19 associated death occurred on July 22 .

The individual, in their 80’s, was in an out of county nursing home. 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.”

Toe River Health District reminds you that cases of community spread continue to rise in the area. 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.

Thursday's case totals indicate Avery County had 4 new positives Thursdaty which puts them at 89 positive cases, 64 have recovered and 25 active.
Yancey County had 3 new positives which puts them at 98 positive cases, 90 have recovered and 7 active and 1 death.
Mitchell County had 2 new positives which puts them at 111 positive cases, 96 have recovered, 13 active
and 2 deaths.

Public health staff is working to complete the investigations and they are contacting close contacts to contain the spread of disease. To protect individual privacy, no further information about the cases will be released.

AppHealthCare reported Thursday that Watauga County has had 261 total COVID-19 cases, 99 are active.
Ashe is at 112 total cases, with 42 active. There has been 1 death in Ashe.
Alleghany is at 65 total cases, with 18 active.
AppHealthCare is monitoring 74 individuals in Watauga, 50 in Ashe, and 14 in Alleghany.
Across the three-county district, there have been a total of 16 hospitalizations.