Local Covid-19 News

Cashiers Chamber Supplying Free Masks For Businesses (July 6)

Smoky Mountain News, by Admin. The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation to provide valuable Personal Protection Equipment to small business members in need. Pickup a supply of reusable masks for your employees...

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Phase II Guidelines Laid Out by State. (July 1)

The Sylva Herald Last Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced the state would remain in Phase II of his re-opening plan. His office later released these guidelines for halting the spread of COVID-19. Guidance for citizens People must wear face coverings when in public...

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WCU Season Opener is Now Set for Sept. 3. (July 1)

The Sylva Herald, By Carey Phillips While the COVID-19 pandemic has put in doubt whether sports, including college football, will be played this fall, Western Carolina’s scheduled season-opener has been moved up two days. The Catamounts are now slated to play at...

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Concerts on the Creek Faces New Delay. (July 1)

The Sylva Herald, By Kelly Morgan Concerts on the Creek are typically held every Friday night from 7-9 p.m. at the Bridge Park in Sylva, from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. However, the concerts have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 24...

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COVID-19 Cases Reach Triple Digits in Jackson. (July 1)

The Sylva Herald, By Dave Russell Jackson County COVID-19 cases rose by 44 percent over the over the last week, bringing the county’s total to 115 since two cases were reported April 12. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Jackson County Department of Public Health reported 115...

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Due to COVID, Drivers License Requirements Waived (June 24)

With last week’s signing of House Bill 158 by Gov. Roy Cooper, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will be temporarily waiving the requirement that young drivers seeking a Level 2 Limited Provisional license need to undergo a driving test. Those tests have been...

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Drive-Thru Testing Site To Open At JCDPH (June 24)

The Sylva Herald Testing and tracing are core public health measures and key components of North Carolina’s strategy to responsibly ease restrictions, while continuing to slow the spread of COVID-19. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jackson County...

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SCC Reports First Covid-19 Case. (June 21)

Smoky Mountain News, written by Admin Southwestern Community College officials confirmed on June 20 that a student has reported testing positive for COVID-19. It’s the first case involving a student or employee at the college. The student was last at the Jackson...

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Parkway Reopens Facilities (June 17)

Smoky Mountain News, Written by Admin Several previously closed facilities along the Blue Ridge Parkway reopened June 13. In Western North Carolina, these include: Mt. Pisgah Picnic Area, Craggy Gardens Visitor Center, Linville Falls Visitor Center and restrooms at...

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Large events curtailed for fall 2020 at WCU (June 18)

Smoky Mountain News, written by Admin Several events typically on the fall semester calendar at Western Carolina University are canceled for 2020 as part of significant changes to campus activities necessitated by state and health care professional guidance in...

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Dial 211 or 888-892-1162: for specific questions or concerns related to Covid-19

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Jackson County Community Table:  Food assistance starting June 3.

Jackson County United Christian Ministry:  Food Assistance

Down Home NC Covid-19 Resources:  A Multitude of resources for help especially for our disadvantaged communities.

N.C. Department of Commerce for Unemployment Insurance:  Information on unemployment for businesses & individuals.

N.C. Department of Health & Human Services Guide for Covid-19:  All information for residents of North Carolina including the stimulus package, student loans, and more.

Move On – Corona Resource Hub:  Extensive Resources for: Anti-Racist Resources, Domestic Violence and Abuse, Essential and Gig Workers, Financial Resources, Housing, Immigrant and Refugee, LGBTQ, Mental Health and Support, Multilingual Resources, People with Disabilities, Seniors

U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention for Covid-19: Information for the residents of U.S. on Covid-19

U.S. Center for Disease Control Home Care Guide: How to prevent, recognize & what to do when ill with Covid-19.

AFL-CIO Covid-19 Resources for Labor: Labor movement response

U.S. Center for Disease Control Situation Summary on Covid-19:  Up-to-Date status & data for Covid-19

World Data Visualized for Covid-19:  Information by graphs for world & countries