Fourth COVID-19-related death in Martin County

Published 10:26 am Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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From Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health Department

Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health (MTW) has received notification from one of our hospital partners confirming the fourth death associated with COVID-19 in Martin County. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about this patient will be released.

“As we continue to navigate this unprecedented public health emergency, it is especially difficult to come to grips with the impact on our families and our community as a whole. On behalf of MTW, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the individual’s family and friends,” states Wes Gray, Health Director.

“Everyone impacted by this pandemic remains in our thoughts and prayers.”

Public health interventions are and will continue to be an important tool to reduce transmission and prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially with the reopening of several businesses. MTW District Health Department is continuing to ask our community citizens to be mindful in practicing preventive and safety measures that will help prevent the spread of the virus. These precautions include:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, 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.

• Practice social distancing; stay at least six feet away from others, avoid unnecessary travel, avoid handshakes, hugs and other close contact.

• If social distancing is not possible, please use a mask.

• Avoid 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

To slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the number of people infected, 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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