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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 2, 2021
In the week since the last press release, Haywood County Public Health has received notice of 87 new cases of COVID-19. As of 5 p.m. on November 1, 2021, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has recorded a total of 7,495 cases in Haywood County since the pandemic began.
According to the CDC, most of North Carolina is listed as an area of high community transmission. All surrounding states are also high-transmission areas. Mask-wearing indoors is highly recommended. Masks are required in Haywood County facilities, including the libraries, for employees and the public.
This week 94 percent of new COVID cases were unvaccinated. Nearly all of those who require hospitalization are unvaccinated.
COVID-19 booster shot appointments are now available for anyone 65 and up, or those 18 and up who are immune-compromised. You are eligible for a booster when you are:
6 months past the initial doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or
2 months past the initial dose of Johnson & Johnson
The health department continues to focus on the administration of booster doses ahead of the holidays.
Boosters are now available by appointment or walk-in basis. Please call the COVID helpline at 828-356-2019 to book appointments.
COVID-19 vaccinations of children ages 5 - 11 are anticipated to begin next week, pending CDC approval. The health department is planning to offer a special after-hours clinic, times and dates for which will be announced soon.
“While the number of daily positive cases is declining, the number of unvaccinated people developing serious illness resulting in hospitalization is not. Our unvaccinated population is still our most vulnerable population. COVID vaccines continue to be a priority,” said Public Health Director Sarah Henderson.
Multiple options for vaccination exist, including community partners like pharmacies and health clinics that are also providing walk-in first and second-dose vaccinations and boosters.
For more information on this or other vaccination sites visit: www.vaccines.gov
Citizens who test positive for COVID-19 are encouraged to reach out to friends or family that meet the close contact criteria, and encourage them to self-quarantine and get tested 5-6 days after their exposure to the individual who tested positive. The end goal is to reduce community spread and keep COVID numbers on the downward trend.
Businesses need to be mindful that having quarantined employees return to work too quickly could cause a cluster of cases in the workplace. We ask that employers rely on the honor system and encourage employees who have been exposed to quarantine for the recommended time frame of 14 days from the date of exposure to help reduce potential spread.