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Cases continue to rise in western counties

Rural counties have so far been sheltered from the high numbers of positive COVID-19 cases, but as testing ramps up, the number of positive cases continue to rise. 

Nine additional Jackson County residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past week, bringing the total to 36 as of Tuesday, June 2, up from 27 on May 26. 

In addition, two part-time residents and 22 non-residents who saw Jackson County care providers have contracted the novel coronavirus. These numbers have held steady in recent weeks. 

As of June 2, a total of 1,504 COVID-19 tests have been administered in Jackson County, up from 1,292 on May 26. 

Haywood County’s total cases as of June 1 was 55 — 35 of those cases are already recovered while the other 20 people remain in isolation. Out of the latest seven positive cases reported June 1, only one individual had recent out-of-state travel history. 

Haywood County also reported the first child under the age of 10 to test positive for the coronavirus on May 29. 

As of June 1, Swain County had 21 confirmed cases after testing a total of 1,133 people. While 1,056 tests were negative, the county is still waiting for the results of 56 pending tests. 

Macon County has seen its numbers spike due to community spread and two clusters identified (see page 8). In response, Macon County will be holding a drive thru testing clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 4 at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn, 332 Arnold Rd., Highlands. 

Highlands-Cashiers Health Foundation will be holding a testing clinic in Cashiers on June 6 and in Highlands June 13. For more information, visit

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