Between May 20-21, Haywood County Public Health received notice of 11 more residents who tested positive for COVID-19, according to county news releases.
None of the 11 cases had out-of-state travel history. Six cases are related to a close family contact identified through the county’s contact tracing program, while two cases are indicative of community spread, one case is related to workplace transmission, and the other two individuals do not know how they contracted the coronavirus.
Community spread means that cases are occurring where the affected individuals don’t know where or when they were exposed. An individual can be infected for 2-14 days before showing symptoms.
“You or the person near you in the grocery store could be unknowingly carrying the virus and spreading it throughout the community,” the release 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.”
In the interest of patient privacy, further information about the cases is not being made public.
For more information on COVID-19, go online to The Mountaineer for local news developments, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services for statewide information, and the Centers for Disease Control for national data.
Haywood residents can call the local coronavirus hotline at at 828-356-2019 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For assistance after-hours, call 2-1-1 or the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services at 1-888-892-1162.