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Haywood reports 37th COVID-19 death

Haywood County Health and Human Services is reporting its 37th COVID-19 death. The individual died at home and COVID-19 was listed as the primary/immediate cause of death. 

The individual was elderly, had underlying medical conditions, and had recently traveled out of state. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information will be released.

“Our sympathies go out to the family and loved ones. This is a sad reminder that COVID-19 is a serious and sometimes deadly illness,” said Interim Haywood County Health Director Garron Bradish. “We urge all citizens to do their part by observing social distancing, wearing masks, and practicing good hygiene."

Haywood County Public Health received notice of 64 new cases of COVID-19 between Nov. 6 and Nov. 12. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has recorded 847 cases in Haywood County.

Case patterns this week include exposures from positives in the household, work exposures, travel exposures, and exposures from funerals, parties, and other events or situations where people have gathered in large groups.

 “COVID-19 cases are going up nationwide, and we are continuing to see a steady and concerning rise in new cases in Haywood County, compared to the relative quiet of September and early October. In the first two weeks of November, we’ve had more new cases than we had during the entire month of September. Since we are continuing to see patterns that suggest that people are relaxing their COVID safety standards around extended family, coworkers, and friends, we anticipate the situation getting worse with the holidays approaching and increasingly cold weather pushing people indoors. We encourage everyone to practice the 3W’s anytime they’re going to be around people who don’t live in their household, whether indoors or out. We also ask that everyone be realistic and safe when planning holiday celebrations,” said Bradish.

As of 5 p.m., Nov. 12, Haywood County’s COVID-19 working number, representing individuals who are in isolation or quarantine due to exposure, is 188 people. Of these, 63 cases are in isolation after testing positive and 125 people are in quarantine, having been identified as a close contact of a known case during contact tracing. All are being monitored by the Haywood County COVID-19 contact tracing team.

Guidance for safe holiday celebrations can be found on North Carolina’s COVID-19 web page: https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/guidance/NCDHHS-Interim-Guidance-for-Thanksgiving.pdf

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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