COVID-19 numbers

As of Tuesday, July 21, 180 individuals in Haywood have tested positive for COVID-19. Of that number, 138 have recovered, and none have died.

There were 99 cases in females, 81 in males, and the largest age group impacted were the 20-29 year-old group, where there were 37 cases. The group with the next highest number were in the 40-49 year-old group with 32 cases.

Enter business face mask contest

There is still time for business owners to send in a photo of themselves and their employees wearing their face masks. The submissions will be entered into The Mountaineer's business face mask contest for oodles of publicity and a chance to win $200.

Email submissions to by tomorrow. Read more here.

Face masks a must

As of Tuesday, Ingles Markets began requiring face masks for all customers. Read more here

Virus transmission will continue

In his column this week, Public Health Director Patrick Johnson warns that virus transmission will continue until 80 percent of the population wears a face mask while out in public.

Read more here.

Today's video

Dr. Mark Jaben, county medical director, discusses the chronic fatigue, breathing problems and other persistent symptoms those who have been hit with COVID-19 experience. 

This is not an illness you want, he warns.

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