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Haywood reports 40th COVID-19 death

Haywood County Health and Human Services has reported three more COVID-19 related deaths as of Nov. 24, bringing the county’s total to 40 people. 

With the latest death, reported Tuesday, COVID-19 was listed as the underlying cause of death (the disease that initiated the events resulting in death). The individual was over the age of 65 and died in the hospital. The individual had been exposed to the virus by a family member, who was exposed by coworkers. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the patient will be released.”

The previous two deaths reported on Nov. 20, COVID-19 was listed as the underlying cause of death. Both individuals died in the hospital, were over the age of 70, and had several underlying medical conditions.  

One had been exposed to COVID-19 through contact with multiple positives in the family, while the other was a secondary contact in a COVID-19 cluster identified at Enchanting Hair Fashions Salon in September. This is the third death to result from that cluster. To protect the families’ privacy, no further information about these patients will be released.

“We at Haywood County Health and Human Services extend our deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones during this time of loss,” said Interim Health Director Garron Bradish. “We urge everyone to be vigilant about masking and social distancing any time you’re going to be around anyone who doesn’t live in your household.”

To stay up to date on COVID-19 in Haywood County, visit www.haywoodcountync.gov/684/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

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