In a press release issued by the Newton County Health Department midday on Friday, a 23rd individual has died from COVID-19 in the county. The individual, a woman in her 80's, was hospitalized at the time of death.

Out of respect for the individuals' family and friends, no identifying details will be released.

The health department urges the public to take precautions to protect themselves and others by practicing social distancing and wearing face coverings (masks) when in public. Even those with mild symptoms can pass the virus on to someone else at risk of more severe illness. Stay home if experiencing any symptoms of illness,