FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 27, 2021
In the week since the last press release, Haywood County Public Health has received notice of 62 new cases of COVID-19. As of 5 p.m. on July 26, 2021, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has recorded a total of 4,619 cases in Haywood County since the pandemic began.
“As cases in our community rise, we want to encourage you to practice preventative measures that have proven to be effective. Wash your hands often, try to maintain a safe distance when in group settings, and wear your mask when you cannot be socially distant.
If you haven’t been vaccinated or have been on the fence, now is the time. Vaccination protects you and those around you by decreasing transmission and serious illness,” said Haywood County Public Health Director Sarah Henderson.
Walk-in vaccinations are available at the health department and at many other locations throughout the county. There will also be mobile vaccination clinics held throughout the summer at festivals and events.
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.