FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 25, 2021
In the week since the last press release, Haywood County Public Health has received notice of 34 new cases of COVID-19. As of 5 p.m. May 24, 2021, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has recorded a total of 4,425 cases in Haywood County since the pandemic began.
“I want to encourage those of you who have been vaccinated, especially our younger population, to share your experience and the reason you chose to be vaccinated with your friends and families who may be hesitant about the vaccine. Sharing our stories and our reasons “why” could be the encouragement someone needs as they make a decision about their vaccine status,” said Haywood County Public Health Director Sarah Henderson.
Anyone who wants to be vaccinated can simply come in for a walk-in appointment. The health department is now offering Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines at the walk-in clinic during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary.
For more information on this or other vaccination sites 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: