Virus Claims 2 More County Residents – Transylvania County, NC
Last updated 2/1/2021 at 3:58pm
Transylvania Public Health reported 41 additional cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths over the weekend, for a total of 1,637 cases and 17 deaths among county residents since the pandemic started.
As of today, 160 county residents were in isolation for COVID-19 (within 10 days of symptom onset or 10 days of a positive test) and 139 cases had been reported within the past seven days.
A total of 228 cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths have been associated with all outbreaks at skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in Transylvania County since the start of this pandemic. Of these, seven cases of COVID-19 (two residents and five employees) have been identified in the current outbreak at Accordius Health at Brevard; five cases (two residents and three employees) have been identified in the outbreak at Cedar Mountain House; 33 cases (20 residents and 13 employees) have been identified in the outbreak at the College Walk assisted living facility; 62 cases (43 residents and 19 employees) and three deaths have been identified in the outbreak at Kingsbridge House; and 34 cases (22 residents and 12 employees) and one death have been associated with the current outbreak at The Oaks.
This total also includes four cases of COVID-19 associated with a previous outbreak at The Oaks and 83 cases and six deaths associated with a previous outbreak at Accordius.
As of Jan. 29, Transylvania Public Health has given a total of 1,529 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
People may receive the COVID-19 vaccine from any approved COVID-19 vaccine provider in any county (or any state), as long as they meet the current eligibility criteria. There are currently three approved COVID-19 vaccine providers in Transylvania County: Transylvania Public Health, Transylvania Regional Hospital and Blue Ridge Health-Brevard Health Center.
Vaccine doses allocated to each county will be distributed among the approved providers based on their capacity to give vaccines. All providers in North Carolina are under the same guidance from NCDHHS for eligibility to receive a vaccine, as well as the same expectations to use all first doses with a week of receiving them and to prioritize equity in vaccine distribution to historically marginalized communities and underserved populations.
Transylvania Public Health is following state guidance and working to provide vaccines as quickly as possible to as many people as possible. Depending on available vaccine supplies, Public Health will continue to hold larger vaccination events at sites within the community. It also plans to also offer more targeted vaccination opportunities to make sure that everyone who wants a vaccine will be able to receive one.
Public Health is expecting to receive 200 doses of vaccine each week for the next three weeks. It is working to schedule vaccination sites at locations throughout the county.
Appointments will be offered one week at a time. Specific dates and times for vaccine appointments will be announced soon.
When more appointments open, people who are eligible to receive the vaccine will be able to make an appointment by phone (828-884-4007) or online at http://www.transylvaniahealth.org.
People should plan to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from the same provider that gave their first dose. Transylvania Public Health has started receiving shipments of second doses from the manufacturer to "match" the first doses already given.
Public Health expects to continue to receive second dose shipments about three to four weeks after the first shipments arrived.