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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 5, 2021
Haywood County reports seven COVID-19 deaths in the last week
In the last week, Haywood County has mourned the loss of seven more people to COVID-19. They ranged in age from their mid-fifties into their late seventies. All were beloved spouses, siblings, mothers, fathers, grandmothers, or grandfathers.
As of the date of this release, Haywood County has now lost 150 people to COVID-19.
Of those reported in this release, the youngest, between the ages of 50-55 died at Mission Hospital. One between the ages of 55-60 died at Mission Hospital, another between the ages of 60-55 died at Haywood Regional Medical Center, another between the ages of 65-70 died at Mission Hospital, another between the ages of 70-75 died at Mission Hospital, and of the oldest two, between the ages of 75-80, one died at Autumn Care and the other at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
All of the deaths listed COVID-19 as the immediate or underlying cause of death on the death certificate.
Privacy laws prevent telling these people’s stories and sharing the details of their lives that would help those outside their family to know them better, but surely each was loved and cherished in their lifetime. Each life is valuable. Please consider this when you make choices about your health and COVID-19.
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 Health Director Sarah Henderson. “COVID-19 is a serious and sometimes deadly illness. 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 continue to be vigilant about masking and social distancing any time you’re going to be around people who are unvaccinated or in large group settings. Get vaccinated, wash your hands regularly, and stay home if you’re not feeling well,” said Henderson.
If you have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 we strongly encourage you to do so. Booster doses are now available for anyone 65 and older or those 18 and up who are immune-compromised and are at least 6 months past the date of their initial vaccination. Anyone who was vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson more than two months ago is also eligible for a booster.
All ages 5 + are now eligible to receive safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination.
Please call 828-356-2019 to schedule a booster or initial COVID-19 vaccination doses.
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.