Haywood extends ‘stay home’ order

Less than two weeks after issuing a joint proclamation restricting movement to essential activity only, the Haywood County Board of Commissioners has extended the duration of that proclamation by 18 days.

Macon County reports first COVID-19 related death

A Macon County resident diagnosed with COVID-19 has died. The person was over the age of 65 and had underlying medical conditions.

Lake Junaluska adjusts Easter events schedule

Easter sunrise at the Lake Junaluska Cross will be streamed live from Lake Junaluska on Sunday, April 12, followed by video of a special pre-recorded Lake Junaluska Easter service.

DHT, health departments parter for better access to testing

To support efforts to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Western North Carolina, Dogwood Health Trust is partnering with multiple rural county health departments throughout the 18-county and Qualla Boundary to increase access to COVID-19 testing specifically to support contact tracing efforts. Dogwood has been working for weeks to source test kits from private labs to support health department efforts in rural areas of the region. 

Haywood records third case of COVID-19

Haywood County Public Health received notice April 5, that another Haywood County resident has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The individual is in isolation at their home.

Supporting efforts to keep our community healthy

Our community — along with communities around the world — is navigating unprecedented challenges as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread. The cycle of our lives and neighborhoods has been altered, and we are all working to accommodate an ever-changing new normal. Fear and uncertainty complicate our collective abilities to do this.  

WCU brings much-needed surgical masks to area

A chat room conversation between colleagues at Western Carolina University with ties to China led to fast action that is putting surgical masks into the hands of front-line health workers in the region's smaller care facilities.

Haywood awaiting 21 test results

Key messages from Haywood County Health Department Medical Director Mark Jaben following the first positive cases in the county.

Bryson City shelter for teens shuts down

Hawthorn Heights, an emergency shelter for teens in Bryson City, has shut its doors permanently due to financial constraints during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Haywood records first coronavirus cases

For weeks now, people have been asking why a county of 60,000 people like Haywood hadn’t yet reported a case of COVID-19, even as national, state and local leaders have cautioned that it’s a “when, not if” proposition.

According to a press release issued by the Haywood County Sheriff’s office around 11:15 this morning, that “when” is now.

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