Smokey Mountain News, written by Jessie Stone

[This is a partial of the article written]  ….Jackson County identified a new cluster on July 7 at a local medical provider’s office — Current Dermatology. The state defines a cluster as five cases or more identified at a workplace, educational, and other community settings within a 14-day period. All positive employees are following isolation orders and other employees were tested and received negative results.

Current Dermatology’s Sylva and Clyde locations have been closed since June 26 and will reopen on July 13 to allow time for employees to be tested, for their symptoms to resolve, and to have both locations cleaned using a third-party cleaning service. All patients seen during the time period of June 15 to June 26 have been notified.

In Jackson County, there are 141 total cases as of July 6 compared to 107 cases last week. There’s been one COVID-related death and 67 people are currently in isolation.   

[Numbers have increased since this article was written.]