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COVID MESSAGE #25
THE NUMBERS, HARD WORK, ARTICLES, REMINDERS, AND RESOURCES
PEOPLE, NOT NUMBERS
The good news: We are seeing a slowing of new positive cases this week in Haywood County after an acute, disturbing spike in cases recently. Some of us stepped back and teased out the data and it reveals the majority of our cases come from the big outbreak at Silver Bluff and a few clusters at workplaces in Haywood and Jackson, with spread from staff to family and friends (along with some of the “usual” travel cases). That’s why we keep emphasizing our concern about get-togethers, even small ones. If you are going to have a get-together please wear a mask. Hopefully, more widespread mask usage is starting to pay off. Let’s hope so.
The bad news: The COVID working number and, unfortunately, the number of deaths continued to rise. According to our most recent conversations with administrators, the outbreak at Silver Bluff now includes a total of 96 residents and 53 staff members. Sadly, there have also been 23 deaths at the facility. So far 17 residents and 34 staff have recovered. This is a facility that has done everything right in terms of infection control and limiting exposure, and they are still experiencing a tragic outbreak. This is the awful part of community spread. A care worker who has done everything within their power to follow guidance to keep themselves and their patients safe can still be exposed by a careless person outside of work. This is the reason we stress that EVERYONE needs to practice the 3 W’s. It’s our collective responsibility to do everything we can to protect congregate living facility staff and their residents. In a pandemic environment, casual carelessness by a few can have wide ripple effects. Our thoughts and support go out to the Silver Bluff residents, staff, and the families of both during this extremely challenging time.
WORK WORK WORK!
Haywood County has a new, more user-friendly COVID-19 dashboard interface. You can find it here: https://www.haywoodcountync.gov/684/Coronavirus-Covid-19-Information.
ARTICLES AND TIPS
Remember a close contact is considered to be within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes and not wearing a face covering. Your best bet is to protect yourself and others by following the guidance above.
As always, please be sure to check reliable sources for COVID-19 information…and check out Haywood County’s redesigned, user-friendly dashboard!