Macon County Public Health announced yesterday that a Macon County resident diagnosed with COVID-19 has died.
The person was over the age of 65 and had underlying health conditions. To protect the family´s privacy, no further information will be released about this patient.
“This individual’s family and loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers,” stated Kathy McGaha, Macon County Health Director. “With our second and third death occurring within a week of each other, our urgent message to the community continues to be: wear a mask, wash your hands, and wait 6 feet from others. Continue to practice social distancing and limit your trips outside your home to help to slow the spread of COVID-19.”
North Carolina is under a “Safer at Home” executive order, currently under Phase 2 with masks required to be worn when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19; however, anyone of any age can become infected with this illness.
Therefore, MCPH asks that community members strictly follow the governor’s orders and continue to practice social distancing, as well as safe hygiene measures such as hand washing and frequently cleaning touched objects and surfaces. The public can monitor the different phases of re-opening and learn more about the restrictions at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/guidance.
It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources. For more information, please visit the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and NCDHHS’ website at http://www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus, which also includes future positive COVID-19 test results in North Carolina.
Symptoms for COVID-19 are fever, cough, other lower respiratory illness (shortness of breath). If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please call the Health Department at 828.349.2517. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., until further notice.