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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 18, 2021
Haywood County reports six COVID-19 deaths in recent weeks
In the last three weeks, Haywood County has mourned the loss of six more people to COVID-19. They ranged in age from their mid-fifties into their early nineties. All were beloved spouses, siblings, mothers, fathers, grandmothers, or grandfathers.
As of the date of this release, Haywood County has now lost 139 people to COVID-19.
Of those reported in this release, the youngest two were between the ages of 55-60. One was between the ages of 65-70, one between the ages of 70-75, one between the ages of 75-80, and the oldest was between the ages of 90-95.
All of the deaths listed COVID-19 as the immediate or underlying cause of death on the death certificate.
All died at either Haywood Regional Medical Center or Mission Hospital.
Privacy laws prevent telling these people’s stories and sharing the details of their lives that would help those outside their family to know them better, but surely each was loved and cherished in their lifetime. Each life is valuable. Please consider this when you make choices about your health and COVID-19.
If you have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 we strongly encourage you to do so. Booster doses are also now available for anyone vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech more than 6 months ago who are at high risk for serious illness if infected with COVID-19.
To protect the families’ privacy, no further information about the patients will be released.
“We at Haywood County Health and Human Services extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones during this time of loss,” said Health Director Sarah Henderson. “COVID-19 is a serious and sometimes deadly illness. We ask everyone to consider the pain and loss this virus can bring with it and do everything you can to help prevent its spread.”
“We urge everyone to continue to be vigilant about masking and social distancing any time you’re going to be around people who are unvaccinated or in large group settings. Get vaccinated, wash your hands regularly, and stay home if you’re not feeling well,” said Henderson.
To stay up to date on COVID-19 in Haywood County visit https://www.haywoodcountync.gov/684/Coronavirus-Covid-19-Information
If you have questions about COVID-19 and would like to speak to local Public Health staff, call 828-356-2019, M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.