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FAMILY TRADITION — Members of the Wilson family have gathered at the same spot for the Labor Day parade for at least 56 years. That won't happen this year with the Canton parade cancelation due to COVID-19 rules.

Continued vigilance is needed 

The number of positive cases have settled in at 4-6 per day, but health officials would like that number to be tamped back to June's 2-3 per day or lower. Just as the July 4 family and friend gatherings led to a spike in cases, health officials fear the Labor Day holiday could do the same if people aren't careful. Read more here.

Positive cases surpass 500 in Haywood

The number of people who have lost their lives to COVID-19 in Haywood reached 31 this week. The case numbers are growing, too. Read more here.

Today's video

Dr. Mark Jaben, Haywood County medical director, discusses the ins and outs of death certificates. Don't allow misinformation to underestimate the severity of the pandemic, he warns. 

Waynesville Recreation Center opens Tuesday

Even though fitness center capacity is limited to 30 percent, the language stipulates that means fire safety capacity. That means centers with large gymnasiums have a lot of leeway since the capacity includes the maximum number of folks who can crowd in to watch a game. Read more here about Waynesville's reopening plan.

Haywood Regional fitness center will operate under a phased-in reopening

The hospital fitness center will reopen first to employees as safety issues are assessed and a new air circulation system is completed. Read more here.

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