The Newton County Health Department is saddened to report 2 more deaths in the county due to COVID-19 related symptoms. The individuals are both females in their 70s and 80s. Both had been battling COVID-19 related symptoms and had been hospitalized. This is the 17th and 18th death in the county due to COVID-19.

Out of respect to the individuals’ families, no identifying details will be released. We are very saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this individual.

Please remember to take precautions to protect yourself and others. Remember that even if you have mild symptoms, you can pass it on to someone who is at risk for more severe illness. Please continue to practice social distancing and use face coverings when in public. Please stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness.