Haywood County Public Health received notice of 24 new cases of COVID-19 since the last press release on Sept. 4. As of 5 p.m. Sept. 10, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has recorded 542 cases in Haywood County.
Some of the cases are still in the contact tracing process. Of those that have been processed, six are work-related, one is social gathering-related, two are close contacts of someone who is COVID-19 positive, one is a student in a nearby county, three do not know how they acquired the virus, and one lives in a long-term care facility.
As of 5 p.m., Sept. 10, Haywood County’s COVID-19 working number, representing individuals who are in isolation or quarantine due to exposure, is 72 people.
Of these, 27 cases are in isolation after testing positive and 45 people are in quarantine, having been identified as a close contact of a known case during contact tracing. All are being monitored by the Haywood County COVID-19 contact tracing team.
“As long as case numbers remain plateaued, the risk of outbreak remains. Now is our window of opportunity to stay vigilant, continue to practice social distancing, wear face coverings, and isolate if sick, and avoid further outbreaks” said Public Health Services Director Patrick Johnson.