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Dec. 18, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Haywood County reports 52nd - 55th COVID-19 deaths
Haywood County Health and Human Services is reporting four COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number now to 55.
Three of the deaths were people over the age of 75, one was under the age of 65. At the time of their death, one was a resident of Spicewood Cottages, one of Autumn Care and two died at Mission Health in Asheville.
COVID-19 is indicated as the underlying cause on the death certificate for two of the deaths. The other two indicate COVID-19 as the immediate (primary) cause. Of those two, one had underlying causes of death, and one had other significant conditions contributing to death.
To protect the families’ privacy, no further information about the patients will be released.
“We at Haywood County Health and Human Services extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones during this time of loss,” said Interim Health Director Garron Bradish. “COVID-19 is a serious and sometimes deadly illness, and case numbers are rising rapidly in our community. We ask everyone to consider the pain and loss this virus can bring with it and do everything you can to help prevent its spread.”
“We urge everyone to be vigilant about masking and social distancing any time you’re going to be around anyone who doesn’t live in your household. Wash your hands regularly, and stay home if you’re not feeling well. Now, more than ever, we need everyone in the community using every tool in the intervention toolbox to help slow the spread,” said Bradish.
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.