The Newton County Health Department announced Thursday another death in the county due to COVID-19. The individual is a male in 70's who has been hospitalized for COVID-19.

This brings the total number of deaths in Newton County to 25.

As part of the press release, the health department said, "Out of respect to the individual’s family, 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."