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Here is Thursday’s update (4/02/2020):
Awaiting test results-21Negative results-98Positive-2Total -121
Key messages from Haywood County Health Department Medical Director, Mark Jaben:
All available evidence suggests that an infected person does shed virus for at least a few days before symptoms appear.
This is why it is so important for each of us to practice good hand washing and social distancing, so you don’t to give it to others if you are in the asymptomatic period, and more importantly, you don’t pick it up from someone who is not yet sick.
To answer the question "do you anticipate more cases?"
The spirit behind every action- stay at home proclamation, social distancing, prohibited gatherings, etc- has been all about slowing the spread, under the strong assumption there are undetected cases.
But this is not the important question.
The key question is "how do we limit the spread to ‘flatten the curve’ and maintain the capacity of our healthcare system to take care of every one of us who gets sick or injured, COVID related or not?"
We are doing that right now.
Citizens of Haywood County are physically apart, but still in this TOGETHER!