FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 20, 2021
In the week since the last press release, Haywood County Public Health has received notice of 59 new cases of COVID-19. As of 5 p.m. April 19, 2021, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has recorded a total of 4,205 cases in Haywood County since the pandemic began.
“We are seeing an improvement in the number of positive cases this week and we attribute that to the community working together. We are hopeful that the numbers will continue to remain low as we head into vacation season. We remain vigilant in our vaccination efforts and I want to encourage each of you that wants to be vaccinated to book your appointment online. The new system is very user-friendly and it allows you to self-schedule your appointment,” said Sarah Henderson, Haywood County Health Director.
To book your vaccine appointment visit: https://myspot.nc.gov/
Evening appointments available next week — For those who work during the day or find it hard to get away there will be a special evening clinic next week at the fairgrounds on April 29 from 4 - 7 p.m. Appointments for those times will be available soon at: https://myspot.nc.gov/
Citizens who test positive for COVID-19 are encouraged to reach out to friends or family that meet the close contact criteria, and encourage them to self-quarantine and get tested 5-6 days after their exposure to the individual who tested positive. The end goal is to reduce community spread and keep COVID numbers on the downward trend.
Businesses need to be mindful that having quarantined employees return to work too quickly could cause a cluster of cases in the workplace. We ask that employers rely on the honor system and encourage employees who have been exposed to quarantine for the recommended time frame of 14 days from the date of exposure to help reduce potential spread.
Where to find COVID-19 vaccine information: