Two of these deaths actually occurred in November and December, but are being reported now because, as per our policy, we wait for the death certificate to arrive to confirm that COVID-19 was a significant factor, meaning that it is listed as the primary, underlying, or contributing cause of death before reporting it.
Since both of these deaths happened out-of-county, it took longer than usual to get the death certificate.
An Autumn Care resident between the ages of 85-90 died at Mission Memorial in November. COVID-19 was listed as the immediate cause of death, and there were other significant conditions contributing to death but not listed as underlying causes.
A second Autumn Care resident, between the ages of 75-80, died at Care Partners Hospice Solace Center in December. COVID-19 was listed as the underlying cause of death (disease or injury that initiated the events resulting in death), and there were additional significant conditions that also contributed to the death.
The last was between the ages of 60-65 and died at Haywood Regional Medical Center at the end of January. COVID-19 was 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.