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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Posted on: March 24, 2020

[ARCHIVED] 3/24/2020 message from Haywood County Public Health Director Patrick Johnson


We’ve all heard the message and are probably tired of hearing the message, but it’s important to not get social distancing fatigue. Community transmission is already occurring in western NC. Therefore, we are moving to a different phase of our response efforts and will be further increasing our population-based community mitigation strategies. The goal of mitigation is to decrease spread of the virus among residents – especially for those who are at highest risk of clinical severity and our health care workers so that fewer people need medical care at the same time. 

Haywood CountyTests: Total
specimens collected-75, tests returned negative-24.  To date there havebeen no positives. We should expect to have our first case in Haywood County
soon. The Haywood County Health Department will enforce isolation,perform contact tracing and follow-up for each positive COVID case in order to
protect the health of our residents. 

NC COVID Cases: 398; Western NC: Buncombe 8,Henderson 2, Cherokee 4, Transylvania 1, Jackson 1.

Global Cases: More than 300,000. It took 67 days
to reach the first 100,000 cases.  It took 11 days to reach the next100,000 cases and just 4 days to reach the third 100,000 cases!

NC Governor
: Thenew Executive Order from the Governor further expands Social Distancing
guidance and takes effect Wednesday Mar 25 at 5pm. Haywood County Governmentwill continue to exercise our responsibilities including but not limited to
Public Health, Department of Social Services, Registers of Deeds, Vital Recordsand other local government functions that are required to protect and support
our residents. 

Testing:  See Testing graphic attachment.This describes Priority one, Priority Two and Priority Three

There have been changes in testing
recommendations: NC DHHS is now recommends that only people experiencing SEVEREsymptoms consistent with COVID-19 be tested. (See Priority Testing
Severe symptoms include fever and cough with shortness of breath.  People with mild symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (mild symptoms are defined as fever and cough without any of the other symptoms listed above) do NOT need testing and should be instructed to stayat home to recover.  We wish it wasn’t this way, but it is. Your understanding is much appreciated by everyone
having to make difficult choices. 
Currently it takes 4-5 days to get test results.  

Mental Health: See updated website heading "Mental health resources" on this website under "Coronavirus Info" tab.

I’m repeating this topic because it bears repeating. We’re concerned about substance use, mental health, and suicide during this crisis. If you are having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Food and Nutrition: See website heading "updated food resources" on this website under "Coronavirus Info" tab.

 Call Center: Is being established and will beup and running, beginning Wednesday 3/25, if you have questions about COVID-19
and would like to speak to a Public Health nurse. This number will be released to the public soon.

North Carolina’s andHaywood County’s response to COVID-19 will continue to rapidly evolve. The most
up to date information and guidance can be found at [] and [] or

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