Haywood County Health and Human Services reports six more COVID-19 deaths

Press release from Haywood County Health and Human Services:

Haywood County Health and Human Services is reporting six more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number now to 68.

All of the deaths were people over the age of 75. At the time of their death, four were residents of Autumn Care of Waynesville, one was a resident of Haywood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and one died at Haywood Regional Medical Center.

Three have COVID-19 listed as the immediate/primary cause of death with no underlying causes listed.  Each of those three has “other significant conditions contributing to death” also noted.

For two, COVID-19 is indicated as the immediate/primary cause of death with additional underlying causes listed.

The last had COVID-19 listed as an underlying cause of 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.

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