On Thursday, the Newton County Health Department reported another death in the county due to COVID-19. The individual, who will not be named for privacy reasons, was a male in his 50's who had been hospitalized due to the virus.

This brings the total number of deaths to 24.

The health department send thoughts and prayers to the family.

They also remind the public to continue to take precautions. Remember that even those with mild symptoms can pass it to someone else who may be at risk for more severe illness.

Practice social distancing and use face coverings (masks) when in public. Stay home if you experience any symptoms of illness.