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In the last week, Haywood County has mourned the loss of two more people to COVID-19. Both were in their late fifties.

As of the date of this release, Haywood County has now lost 152 people to COVID-19.

One died at Haywood Regional Medical Center on Nov. 8, and the other died at Mission Hospital on Nov. 10. Both listed COVID-19 as the immediate or underlying cause of death on the death certificate.

Privacy laws prevent releasing additional information.

“We at Haywood County Health and Human Services extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones during this time of loss,” said Health Director Sarah Henderson.

“COVID-19 is a serious and sometimes deadly illness. We ask everyone to consider the pain and loss this virus can bring with it and do everything you can to help prevent its spread,” said Henderson. “We urge everyone to continue to be vigilant about masking and social distancing any time you’re going to be around people who are unvaccinated or in large group settings. Get vaccinated, wash your hands regularly, and stay home if you’re not feeling well.”

Booster doses are now available for anyone 65 and older or those 18 and up who are immune-compromised and are at least 6 months past the date of their initial vaccination. Anyone who was vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson more than two months ago is also eligible for a booster.

All ages 5 and up are now eligible to receive safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination.

Call 356-2019 to schedule a booster or initial COVID-19 vaccination doses or make an appointment at pharmacies in the region.

To stay up to date on COVID-19 in Haywood County visit https://www.haywoodcountync.gov/684/Coronavirus-Covid-19-Information

If you have questions about COVID-19 and would like to speak to local Public Health staff, call 828-356-2019, M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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