FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 22, 2021
In the week since the last press release, Haywood County Public Health has received notice of 2 new cases of COVID-19. As of 5 p.m. on June 21, 2021, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has recorded a total of 4,495 cases in Haywood County since the pandemic began.
“I want to extend my sincerest gratitude to the community for their continued efforts throughout the pandemic. It has been a very challenging year and I recognize that you all have made tremendous sacrifices over the better part of 18 months; missing time at work, celebrating holidays alone, and reaching for resources that you never needed before. As a community, we’ve come together and faced this head-on and this week we have seen single-digit numbers of positive cases for the first time in nearly a year,” said Haywood County Public Health Director Sarah Henderson.
Now is also a good time to remind everyone that Haywood County Public Health is here for more than just COVID-19 vaccines. There are a variety of programs to meet the needs of the community including:
Women Infant Children (WIC)
immunizations for foreign travel
family planning services.
“While the recent focus has been on COVID-19, our priority continues to be improving the health of our community,” said Henderson.
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: