Haywood County Medical Director Dr. Mark Jaben provides a weekly video update on COVID in the county.

Here’s a summary of what listeners can get by watching the video.

COVID cases continue to surge in Haywood County, a trend that followed last year’s Thanksgiving gatherings and one that is being experienced across North Carolina.

Two-thirds of the counties in the state are in the red zone, including eight of 11 counties in Western North Carolina.

Haywood County has recorded 159 COVID deaths since the start of the pandemic, and the November death toll in the county is higher than November 2020.

There were 175 new COVID cases recorded in the past week, with 90% of the cases being in those who are unvaccinated.

Haywood Regional Medical Center continues to have about 15 COVID patients daily, with several in the ICU or on ventilators. Hospitalized patients in Haywood are predominantly those who have not been vaccinated, and all those dying have been unvaccinated.

To get the best protection against the contagious virus, and especially ahead of the Omicron variant that has now reached the state, Jaben urges individuals to get vaccinated, and if it has been six months since their last shot, to get a booster.

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