Holly Kays, The Smoky Mountains News
One additional COVID-19 case has been confirmed in Jackson County today.
Currently 20 full-time residents and two part-time residents have tested positive for the disease. Additionally, 19 people who do not live in Jackson County but saw a Jackson County health provider have tested positive.
Numbers for Friday, May 1, were 19 full-time residents, two part-time residents and 19 non-residents. To date, 837 tests have been administered in Jackson County.
The health department began including the section on diagnoses of non-residents in its daily report after three subcontractors working on the Apodaca Science Building construction project at Western Carolina University — none of whom were county residents — tested positive for the disease. There are about 229 workers on the site, according to a spokesperson for contractor Skanska USA.
“Many from the construction site were not from Jackson County and did not get tested for COVID-19 in Jackson County,” said Deputy Health Director Melissa McKnight. “They went to their place of residence — whether that is out-of-county or out-of-state — to be tested. At this time, I don’t have a way to track those individuals.”