Second County Resident Dies From COVID-19


Last updated 8/31/2020 at 4:54pm

Transylvania Public Health reported eight additional cases of COVID-19 Monday, for a total of 270 cases and two deaths among county residents since the pandemic began.

It was on Thursday that Transylvania Public Health reported that a second county resident had died from COVID-19.

As previously reported, in North Carolina deaths from COVID-19 are based on records in the statewide electronic disease surveillance system, said Tara Rybka, the public educator at Transylvania Public Health.

Medical providers are required to immediately report all COVID-19 deaths to the local health department. Communicable disease nurses must verify that the death occurred and that the death was related to COVID-19 before they update that person's record in the system to reflect a COVID-19 death.

"We cannot release demographic data about the COVID-19 deaths at this time in order to protect the privacy of these individuals," said Rybka. "Once we have had five or more deaths among Transylvania County residents, we can begin to release aggregate demographic information about those who have died from COVID-19."

At Accordius Health at Brevard (formerly the Brian Center), as of today, a total of 60 cases are associated with the ongoing outbreak at the facility, including 45 facility residents and 15 staff.

The Oaks at Brevard also has three COVID-19 cases, all of which are staff. Transylvania Public Health and the Licensed Care Facility Response Team are continuing to assist the facilities with their responses to the outbreaks, Rybka said. Transylvania Public Health has also released its latest graph that provides information on the testing that has been done on county residents.

To see the full screen version of the health department's latest graph, click the picture or the link below:


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