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Another Virus Death Reported

 

Last updated 9/2/2021 at 12:41pm



On Wednesday Transylvania Public Health reported 147 additional cases of COVID-19 in the past week and one additional death, for a total of 3,119 cases and 37 deaths among county residents since the pandemic started.

As of Wednesday, 145 county residents were in isolation for COVID-19 (within 10 days of symptom onset or 10 days of a positive test).

A total of 24 cases of COVID-19 (11 residents and 13 employees) have been reported in the ongoing outbreak at The Oaks. Since the start of the pandemic, 295 total cases associated with 10 total outbreaks have been identified in congregate living facilities in Transylvania County.

A workplace cluster of seven cases of COVID-19 has been identified among employees at Transylvania County Emergency Medical Services.

A total of eight cases have been identified in the workplace cluster at Transylvania County Department of Social Services.

A total of 84 cases have been associated with The Wilds camp, including nine Transylvania County residents.

A total of five cases have been identified among students associated with the Brevard Middle School football team. A total of six cases (four students and two teachers) have been identified in the school cluster associated with a summer school program at Pisgah Forest Elementary School; this outbreak includes students and staff who normally attend Brevard Elementary and Pisgah Forest Elementary.

These clusters will remain open until no new cases have been identified for 28 days. Many additional cases have been identified among people who work at county businesses and who attend or work at county schools, but a cluster requires at least five lab-confirmed cases with a common exposure within 14 days.

COVID-19 Trends

Like all of North Carolina and most of the country, Transylvania County remains in a high level of transmission as defined by the CDC’s Community Transmission Map. The rapid growth in new cases may be starting to slow, but the current level of transmission remains very high. Hospitalizations across the state remain at the highest levels since the pandemic began. In the Western North Carolina region, 297 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19; 75 of these are in intensive care units.

Cases in Transylvania County increased 19% in the past seven days compared to the previous seven days. Of the new cases reported in the past seven days, 39 new cases (27%) are children ages 0-17 and 21 (14%) are in children ages 0-11 who are not eligible to be vaccinated.

Due to the high levels of COVID-19 circulating throughout the nation, the CDC has recommended that people who are not fully vaccinated do not travel over the holiday weekend, and those who are fully vaccinated should carefully consider the risk when determining whether to travel and should take precautions if they decide to travel.

Testing is recommended for anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 and anyone who has been a close contact to someone with COVID-19 (five-seven days after their last exposure). Testing for COVID-19 is available in Transylvania County at private health care providers, CVS, Mercy Urgent Care, Pardee Urgent Care and Walgreens.

At-home test kits are also available for purchase at local stores and for free by request at http://www.pixel.labcorp.com/nc. Additional testing locations in nearby counties can be found at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/about-covid-19/testing.

(Please note that Transylvania Public Health does not offer COVID-19 testing for the general public.)

Vaccine Updates

A total of 17,250 Transylvania County residents (50%) have received at least one dose of any COVID-19 vaccine and 16,383 county residents (48%) have been fully vaccinated. (This includes all providers in all counties in North Carolina, but does not include people vaccinated in other states.) Transylvania Public Health has given a total of 19,024 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. About 54% of all people in North Carolina and 62% of all people in the U.S. have received at least one dose of any COVID-19 vaccine.

Transylvania Public Health will be offering additional COVID-19 doses for immunocompromised individuals at Transylvania County Library today and Friday, Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments can be made online at transylvaniahealth.org or by calling (828) 884-4007. Walk-in vaccinations will also be available as supplies allow. People should talk to their health care provider about their medical conditions and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them, but may self-attest to their medical condition.

Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will be available. The additional dose must be the same vaccine type (Pfizer or Moderna) that they previously received and should be given at least 28 days after their second dose.

People should bring their vaccination cards or other proof of their previous vaccinations.

Transylvania Public Health continues to offer in-office COVID-19 vaccinations each week Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m .; no appointment is needed. Vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and J&J are available, but supplies may vary from week to week.

Please call 884-4007 for more information.

 
 

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