FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 15, 2021
In the week since the last press release, Haywood County Public Health has received notice of 16 new cases of COVID-19. As of 5 p.m. on June 14, 2021, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has recorded a total of 4,493 cases in Haywood County since the pandemic began.
“Summer is here and we are out enjoying the weather and the time off from work and school. Our positive case numbers are lower this week than we have seen in a very long time. These low numbers are attributed to our community working together for the common good. It has been a very long road and we have all made sacrifices over the last year. If we continue to take care of ourselves and be mindful of others, we could see a new normal very soon.,” said Haywood County Public Health Director Sarah Henderson.
As we enjoy summer and all that the community has to offer, let’s set a long-term goal. Before we know it, summer will come to a close and the school year will begin. We all have visions of school hallways lined with children, class instruction face-to-face, and Friday nights under the lights. We are only 121 days away from our big rivalry game! Keeping that in mind, if you have been on the fence about being vaccinated, now is the time. Remember that you aren’t considered fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after the series is complete
Walk-in vaccination clinic hours are available Monday through Friday during normal business hours at the Haywood County Health Department. Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines available now, 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: