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I would like to thank the various media outlets in Western North Carolina for working so hard to help citizens stay informed during this time of information overload and constant updates.
Attached is a Proclamation of a State of Emergency for Haywood County and municipalities within Haywood County- Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Canton and Clyde, in response to the COVID-19 health emergency.
While there are no cases in Western North Carolina, Haywood County continues to expend resources to ramp up for the possibility of COVID-19 cases locally. The proclamation will put Haywood County in position for reimbursement from state and federal programs for those expenses.
Our mountain families are used to helping each other in hard times. However, we also need to respect this public health emergency so we can all stay as healthy as possible. I urge all citizens to observe recommendations of the CDC, our Public Health Director and our Emergency Management Team.
As Haywood County officials work around the clock to monitor developments in this situation, the county will keep the public informed through the website www.haywoodcountync.gov under the “Coronavirus info” tab at the top of the page, as well as through traditional media outlets.
L. Kevin Ensley, Chairman