FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Aug. 14, 2020
Haywood County Public Health received notice of 70 new cases of COVID-19 since the last press release on Aug. 7, 2020. As of 5 p.m. Aug. 13, 2020, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has recorded 445 cases in Haywood County.
Some of the cases are still in the contact tracing process. Of those that have been processed, 32 are residents or employees of Silver Bluff Village. Of the remainder: 7 cases are work-related, two are event-related, 10 are close contacts of someone who is COVID-19 positive, and seven do not know how they acquired the virus.
As of 5 p.m., Aug. 13, 2020, Haywood County’s COVID-19 working number, representing individuals who are in isolation or quarantine due to exposure, is 355 people. Of these, 127 cases are in isolation after testing positive and 228 people are in quarantine, having been identified as a close contact of a known case during contact tracing. All are being monitored by the Haywood County COVID-19 contact tracing team.
“Since Monday this week, there has been a marked decrease in new cases — a hopeful sign that we may be headed in a better direction, but it is still too early to predict that the downward trend will continue. It is important, now more than ever, to remain vigilant, follow health precautions and maintain social distancing,” said Public Health Services Director Patrick Johnson.
“If you have symptoms such as headache, fever, cough, shortness of breath or loss of sense of smell don’t wait, get tested,” said Johnson. “If your doctor isn’t providing testing, contact one of the local urgent cares. Call first for pre-emptive screening and to find out what the current protocols are for when you arrive. It’s also important to understand that anyone tested for COVID-19, even as a standard pre-operative precaution, needs to stay home and self-quarantine away from other family members as able until test results are received, and then follow instructions according to the test results.”
COVID-19 is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets; North Carolinians should take the same measures recommended to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses, ESPECIALLY during the phased reopening. These measures include:
Practice social distancing. To prevent community spread we need everyone to take social distancing seriously!
Wear a face covering over nose AND mouth, indoors and outside, especially when you will be in close contact with people.
Wash your hands regularly with soap and running water for 20 seconds.
Regularly sanitize frequently-touched surfaces.
Avoid touching your face.
Cover coughs and sneezes, preferably with your elbow to avoid transferring germs to your hands.
Stay home if you are sick.
Make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming from reliable sources like the CDC and NCDHHS. For more information, please visit the CDC at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus, NCDHHS at www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus, and Haywood County at https://www.haywoodcountync.gov/684/Coronavirus-Covid-19-Information. Residents are encouraged to call 828-356-2019 for questions or concerns related to COVID-19.