First death and two more positive COVID-19 tests in Cherokee County, NC

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MURPHY, North Carolina (WDEF) – The Health Department in Cherokee County North Carolina reports more cases on Tuesday evening.

The North Carolina mountain community has already suffered more cases than any of in the sparsely populated mountain region of western North Carolina, north Georgia and Southeast Tennessee.

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Now officials say the very first victim has died from complications of COVID-19.

“The individual was in their late 80s and died from complications associated with COVID-19 on March 31, 2020.”

And two more people have now tested positive from exposure to the first victim.



The new victims are isolated in their homes.

Health officials have tied their cases to the first one.. all of them attended a dance at the John C. Campbell Folk School.

This makes 9 positive cases among Cherokee County residents, plus two more cases involving non-residents.

This is also the same county where the Mayor of Andrews is blocking off his town from the highway to keep out-of-state drivers from entering.