In the past week, Haywood County Public Health has received notice of 61 new cases of COVID-19. As of 5 p.m. April 5, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has recorded a total of 4,076 cases in Haywood County since the pandemic began.
In Haywood County, case counts are continuing the upward trend again this week.
There also has been an increase in the number of new COVID cases statewide. Vaccination efforts continue to be a priority as more than 19,000 residents of Haywood County have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.
“The fight against COVID-19 has been a long battle and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but we cannot let our guard down. I want to encourage you all to continue practicing preventative measures and to be vaccinated when it is available to you.
Remember that this is a team effort, and we all need to do our part to ensure a healthy community,” said Sarah Henderson, Haywood County Health Director.
Citizens who test positive for COVID-19 are encouraged to reach out to friends or family that meet the close contact criteria and encourage them to self-quarantine and get tested five to six days after their exposure to the individual who tested positive. The end goal is to reduce community spread and keep COVID numbers on the downward trend.
Businesses need to be mindful that having quarantined employees return to work too quickly could cause a cluster of cases in the workplace. We ask that employers rely on the honor system and encourage employees who have been exposed to quarantine for the recommended time frame of 14 days from the date of exposure to help reduce potential spread.