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People, not numbers:
*5-28-20, Madison County Health Department verified mistake in State database. Only 2 cases.
Over the past week, the COVID-19 case count in Haywood County has risen dramatically. The numbers of close contacts for each case are also increasing, which is creating more complex and challenging contact tracing work. This trend will undoubtedly continue and expand exponentially with the ongoing implementation of Phase 2. We here at the Haywood County Health Department will continue to meet the increasing demands involved in the vital work of contact tracing as the number and complexity of cases rises. Now we urgently need you to help us keep our heads above water and do your part to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Take responsibility for exercising precautions like social distancing, masking in public and at work, and handwashing to protect yourself and others. Take responsibility for staying home when you are sick, and contacting your doctor about your symptoms and potential testing. Take responsibility for showing some kindness to one another and recognizing that everyone is under a lot of stress right now. Take responsibility for ignoring the rumor mill and regularly checking reliable sources for information below:
o A minimum of 5 cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period AND
o Plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases