Five more Haywood County residents tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, over the weekend on June 27 and 28, according to a news release from Haywood County Public Health.
Of the five new cases, two have recent out of state travel, one for business and the other for vacation. The third is unsure of their exposure, although they had out-of-county vacation travel.
A fourth case was exposed at work out of the county, and the fifth is a close contact of an existing known case and was identified and tested through contact tracing efforts.
The individuals are currently in isolation at home, the press release said. To protect individual privacy, no further information will be released.
Since April 2, the number of COVID-19 cases recorded in Haywood County is 90, as of noon June 29.
Of the 90 total, 68 cases of COVID-19 in Haywood County are categorized as recovered. The other 22 remain in isolation.
Additionally, 44 people are in quarantine because they have been identified as close contacts of known cases during contact tracing efforts.
The CDC defines close contact as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 infection for 15 minutes or longer and without protection.
“The Haywood County Health Department will trace, test, and contain anyone we identify who was exposed to this virus,” said Haywood County Health Director Patrick Johnson. “It’s vital that citizens assume the virus is circulating in the county and take appropriate precautions. You or the person near you in the grocery store or at work could be unknowingly carrying the virus and spreading it throughout the community.
Basic steps like social distancing, wearing a mask when in public, staying home if you are sick, and regular hand washing help to limit exposures and slow the spread. It’s very important to practice all of these precautions in the workplace as well.”
“We also ask Haywood County residents to be aware that the key to safely traveling this summer is to remember the 4 C’s: avoid physical CONTACT, avoid indoor activities in CONFINED spaces, avoid CROWDS, and make wise and realistic CHOICES.”
“Two other reminders; if you have symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, or loss of sense of smell don’t wait, get tested,” said Johnson. “It’s also important to understand that anyone tested for COVID-19, even as a standard pre-operative precaution, needs to stay home and self-quarantine away from other family members as able until test results are received, and then follow instructions according to the test results.”
For more information, please visit the CDC at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus, NCDHHS at www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus, and Haywood County at https://www.haywoodcountync.gov/684/Coronavirus-Covid-19-Information.
Residents are encouraged to call 828-356-2019 for questions or concerns related to COVID-19.