Child in Haywood tests positive for COVID-19

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A Haywood County child under the age of 10 has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Haywood County Health Department was notified of the test result on Friday, May 29, said Haywood County Health Director Patrick Johnson.

"We fully expected this. It was a family transmission and both parents are healthcare workers," Johnson said. "They both were positive.

Johnson said the public needs to know that out of the 49 positive test results in Haywood, a child is now infected, that there are four cases in individuals under age 20, and three cases in persons over age 70.

"People need to know the range of ages this is hitting," Johnson said. "We're no longer saying people aren't taking this seriously. We're saying they aren't acting responsibly any more — not paying attention enough."

Johnson said the child is asymptomatic but noted the county had two hospitalizations, one admitted in Haywood and then transferred to Mission, and another who went straight to Mission.

“It’s vital that citizens assume the virus is circulating in the county and take appropriate precautions. You or the person near you in the grocery store could be unknowingly carrying the virus and spreading it throughout the community," Johnson said. "Basic steps like social distancing, wearing a mask, staying home if you are sick, and regular hand washing help to limit exposures and slow the spread.”

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Legal Notices


The Haywood County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Historic Courtroom of the Haywood County Historic Courthouse located at 215 N. Main Street, Waynesville, North Carolina 28786. The purpose of the hearing is to allow the public to discuss the sale of the Historic Haywood County Hospital located at 1230 N. Main Street, Waynesville, North Carolina to Landmark Asset Services, Inc. for $225,000.00. The County intends to sell the property for affordable housing for persons of low to moderate income per N.C.G.S. 153A-378. The sale of the Historic Haywood County Hospital is authorized and conducted pursuant to N.C.G.S. 160A-267. The County shall attach covenants or conditions to assure that the property will be put to public use for persons of low to moderate income. Persons wishing to be heard at the public hearing are asked to be present. The County Commissioners may adopt reasonable rules governing the conduct of the hearing including; (i) fixing the maximum time allotted to each speaker, (ii) providing for the designation of spokesmen for groups of persons supporting or opposing the same position, (iii) providing for the selection of delegates from groups of persons supporting or opposing the same positions when the number of persons wishing to attend the hearing exceeds the capacity of the hall, and (iv) providing for the maintenance of order and decorum in the conduct of the hearing.

This 1st day of June, 2020.

Tracy L. Wells, Clerk to the Board

Haywood County Board of Commissioners

No. 35453