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Message to Haywood County citizens from Public Health Director Patrick Johnson.
First: when you do go out for essential activities at a grocery store or hardware store, make sure you thank the person manning the cash register and the other employees. They are doing generally unrecognized but courageous work to help us all survive what may be the most momentous time of our lives! Second: before you go, make sure you really need to and, most importantly, don’t go if you are sick. Be a good neighbor. No one wants a supermarket or big box hardware store to be our “Mardi Gras.”
Our core Public Health communication right now is promoting the stay at home message (for everyone), keeping informed from credible sources of information (see below) and not seeking medical care or testing if you only have mild symptoms. When our first case is identified locally the Haywood County Health Department will aggressively trace, test and contain anyone we identify who was exposed to this virus. We don’t want to lose anyone to COVID-19.