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Transylvania Has Its First COVID-19 Death-Brevard NC


Last updated 6/1/2020 at 4:25pm

Transylvania Public Health has been notified of the first death of a Transylvania County resident due to COVID-19.

This person tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalized in Buncombe County last week.

"Public health extends our deepest condolences to the patient's loved ones in the wake of this tragedy," said Transylvania County Health Director Elaine Russell. "Public health will continue working with local, state, federal, and community partners to prevent future cases and slow the spread of this disease. We strongly recommend that everyone take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against novel coronavirus."

Transylvania is the 78th county in North Carolina to report a death from COVID-19. Statewide, there have been 898 deaths reported as of June 1.

"We must continue to do everything we can to protect those vulnerable to this illness even as we grieve with this family," said Transylvania County Manager Jaime Laughter.

Public health continues to recommend the following measures to limit the spread of COVID-19:

•Avoid large groups and public gatherings, especially for older adults and people with existing chronic health conditions

•Stay at least 6 feet away from people not in your household

•Wear a cloth face covering in public when you are indoors or cannot stay 6 feet away from others outdoors

•Wash your hands frequently with soap and running water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol

•Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth.

•Cover coughs and sneezes

•Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces following CDC guidance

•Stay informed with information from trusted sources, such as the CDC, NCDHHS, and Transylvania Public Health.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, such as cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell, call your healthcare provider to request testing. If you need help finding a test, call the Transylvania Public Health nurse line at 828-884-4007. Stay at home and do not go out unless you need medical attention.

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