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Oct. 9, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Haywood County Reports Four COVID-19 deaths
Haywood County Health and Human Services is reporting four COVID-19 deaths. The individuals died within the last few weeks either at Mission Health or at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
“These latest deaths again involve seniors who were living at home prior to their illness. Haywood County has lost 36 residents to COVID-19 so far. COVID-19 is far deadlier than influenza,” said Health Director Patrick Johnson.
In 2019, there were two influenza deaths and none the previous year.
The death certificates list Pneumonia due to COVID-19 infection as an underlying cause of death (the disease that initiated the events resulting in death.) The individuals were elderly and had several underlying medical conditions, but had been living at home prior to this recent illness. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the patients will be released.
“We extend our deepest sympathy to the families and loved ones. This is a sad reminder that COVID-19 is a serious and sometimes deadly illness. We urge all citizens to do their part by observing social distancing, wear masks and practice good hygiene,” said Johnson.
To stay up to date on COVID-19 in Haywood County visit https://www.haywoodcountync.gov/684/Coronavirus-Covid-19-Information
If you have questions about COVID-19 and would like to speak to local Public Health staff, call 828-356-2019, M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.