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July 30, 2021
The Delta Variant has become a game-changer. The number of North Carolinians in the hospital with COVID-19 has more than doubled in the last two weeks, the 14-day rolling average of new daily cases has increased nearly 200%, the positivity rate is at its highest in more than five months and we’re starting to see clusters and outbreaks again. We have had more cases in the last two weeks than we’ve had in months.
And that’s why, based on CDC and state guidance and consultation with our Public Health team, masks will be required indoors for ALL Haywood County facilities starting Monday, August 2nd. This requirement applies to employees, the public and visitors. This requirement does not impact the Justice Center; decisions regarding that facility will be made by the Court System.
WHY WOULD I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK IF I’M ALREADY VACCINATED?
When we lifted the requirement to wear masks earlier this year, the data showed that fully vaccinated people were less likely to transmit the virus – but that all changed with the Delta variant circulating.
DO EMPLOYEES HAVE TO WEAR MASKS AT ALL TIMES?
Employees will be expected to wear masks when indoors in all public spaces. Employees don’t have to wear masks when alone in personal offices or workstations.
WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO IN ADDITION TO MASKING?
Vaccination is the best way to protect you, your family, your coworkers and your community. Data demonstrates that the vaccines are preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death, and are effective against the Delta variant. The more people get vaccinated, the more we can reduce the spread and stop new variants from developing.
In addition to masking, follow all the public health protective measures:
The accelerated cases we are seeing are among families, in workplaces, and at large events including religious gatherings.
KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST COVID NEWSThe latest news, statistics for Haywood County and health guidance for COVID are available online at https://www.haywoodcountync.gov/684/COVID-19-Information
GET VACCINATEDWe have walk-in vaccine clinics open five days a week at Health and Human Services (157 Paragon Parkway, Clyde). Call 828-452-6620 to schedule your vaccine appointment.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we navigate these unique and challenging times, and thank you for your commitment to slowing the spread of COVID-19.