COVID-19 Vigil Held As Numbers Keep Increasing – Transylvania County, NC


Last updated 12/2/2020 at 4:51pm

On Monday, the Transylvania County NAACP chapter gathered at the courthouse lawn to hold a vigil in honor of those who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to honor the frontline health care workers fighting to treat patients and combat the virus. (Times photos by Jeremiah Reed)

Transylvania Public Health reported eight additional cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, for a total of 577 cases and nine deaths among county residents since the pandemic started.

As of Wednesday, 38 county residents were in isolation for COVID-19 (within 10 days of symptom onset or 10 days of a positive test). Also, a total of five cases (one resident and four employees) have been associated with the ongoing outbreak at The Oaks

As of Tuesday, a total of 92 cases of COVID-19 and six deaths have been associated with outbreaks at skilled nursing facilities in Transylvania County, including four cases associated with a previous outbreak at The Oaks and 83 cases associated with an outbreak at Accordius Health at Brevard.

A cluster of eight cases of COVID-19 has been associated with people who attended a wedding outside Transylvania County, according to Transylvania Public Health. Most of these people also work together at the Anchor Baptist Missions Warehouse.

This cluster was identified based on cases reported to Transylvania Public Health between Nov. 22 and 28. The cluster was reported to N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Nov. 30 and will remain open until no new cases have been identified for 14 days, according to Transylvania Public Health.

The staff members who tested positive were isolated from work for at least 10 days and close contacts have been notified.

After the first cases were identified, Anchor Baptist opted to close their food distribution ministry and church services for two weeks out of an abundance of caution.

Staff have been taking precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19, including taking temperatures and requiring masks for people who enter the warehouse and requiring gloves for those who handle produce. Anchor Baptist Missions Warehouse and Mission Store has reopened, with staff who have completed their isolation period and have been cleared to return to work.

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