FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 11, 2021
In the week since the last press release, Haywood County Public Health has received notice of 35 new cases of COVID-19. As of 5 p.m. May 10, 2021, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has recorded a total of 4,363 cases in Haywood County since the pandemic began.
“As we move into vacation season, we want to focus on specific populations in our community that may not have had the opportunity to be vaccinated prior to now. On May 19 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. we are conducting a vaccine clinic for teenagers 12 and up at Haywood Community College. We want to encourage our younger population to be vaccinated prior to summer gatherings and returning to school in the fall.
As vaccination efforts shift, we want the community to remember that we are here and that everyone that wants to be vaccinated can be vaccinated,” said Sarah Henderson, Haywood County Health Director.
To book your vaccine appointment visit: 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: