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Second COVID-19 related death reported in Tyrrell County

Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health received notification confirming the second death associated with COVID-19 in Tyrrell County, according to a statement the agency released Wednesday afternoon, August 12.

“To protect the families’ privacy, no further information about this patient will be released,” stated MTW District Health.

“We are saddened at the loss of this community member and send our prayers and condolences to the friends and family members,” said Wes Gray, health director. “The COVID-19 virus continues to take a toll on our nation, state and county. It is important that our community continue to practice prevention measures needed to slow the spread of COVID-19, especially handwashing, sanitation, wearing masks and social distancing.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, there have been 101 positive COVID-19 cases reported in Tyrrell, with 94 of those reported to be recovered and two deaths, including the one reported Wednesday.

Public health interventions are and will continue to be an important tool to reduce transmission and prevent the spread of COVID-19, staed the release. MTW District Health Department stated it is continuing to ask community members to be mindful in practicing preventive and safety measures that will help prevent the spread of the virus, including:

– Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

– Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth.

–  Staying home when sick.

– Covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.

– Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

– Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing noses, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

– Practicing social distancing; staying at least six feet away from others, avoiding unnecessary travel, avoiding handshakes, hugs and other close contact.

– Avoiding smoking and vaping. Smoking or vaping irritates the respiratory system, making it easier to develop infections. Sharing cigarettes or electronic vaping devices can contribute to spread of the virus.

– Wearing a cloth face covering in public when social distancing measures are hard to maintain.

To slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the number of people infected, MTW District Health advises that communities should be following the guidance set by local, state and federal officials to reduce frequency of contact and increase physical distance between persons, thereby reducing the risks of person-to-person  transmission.

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