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In the past two weeks in Haywood County, we have had COVID-related deaths, a significant outbreak at a skilled nursing facility, and a COVID cluster at a place of business. We’ve also seen our case numbers rise dramatically in July. When we take a closer look at our cases, we do see patterns and connections that help give perspective.
As our case numbers continue to increase, our number of close contacts identified through contact tracing also continues to rise. One concerning trend is that approximately 1/3 of the close contacts identified are refusing to participate in contact tracing, testing or self-quarantine, which increases the risk of transmission for the rest of the community. Just one more reason to continue practicing the three W’s and the 4C’s:
People, not numbers:
If you still think that COVID-19 is something that healthy young people don’t need to worry about, please read the attached article. It details the experiences of the U.S. Women’s Olympic rowing team, a group of young people in top physical condition. One-third of the team was infected with COVID-19 by a physical therapist. Their experience with the virus was not easy.
As always, please be sure to check reliable sources for COVID-19 information.