Local Covid-19 News

Halloween different in the era of COVID-19. (Oct. 21)

The Sylva Herald, by Patric Clemons With Halloween just around the corner, parents might be concerned about their children’s safety during these unprecedented times. Some local organizations are putting on trick-or-treat in a safe, socially distanced environment for...

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County schools now feeling impact of COVID. (Oct. 21)

The Sylva Herald, by Dave Russell COVID-19 has severely impacted the custodial staff at Smoky Mountain High School. Of an eight-person staff, Assistant Superintendent Jake Buchanan reports one positive case and five custodians isolating due to exposure to the victim....

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NCDHHS Submits COVID-19 Vaccination Plan to CDC. (Oct. 16)

North Carolina today submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention its COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. The goal of the plan is to immunize everyone who is eligible for and wants a COVID-19 vaccine. "Leaders from across sectors came together under tight...

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WNC COVID Counts. (October 16)

Confirmed Cases at Western NC New Positive Cases - October 16 (# of new positive cases made known to the University as confirmed through university testing, surveillance testing, and self-reporting over past 24 hours or 72 hours for weekend case counts reported on...

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COVID-19 cases see new jump across Jackson. (October 14)

The Sylva Herald, by Dave Russell Western Carolina University reported 30 new cases of COVID-19 over the last week. The bump contributed to a 7.6 percent increase in Jackson County from last week. The county currently has 66 people isolating due to COVID-19 infection....

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Sylva cancels Christmas parade (October 8)

Smoky Mountain News, written by Holly Kayes The Sylva Town Board has voted unanimously this evening to cancel this year’s Christmas Parade, citing coronavirus concerns. “Having our traditional Christmas parade is not something that’s good for public health,” said...

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Sylva will grant $20,000 to local nonprofits. (Sept. 30)

Smoky Mountain News, written by Holly Kays A new grant program approved by a unanimous vote from the Sylva Board of Commissioners Sept. 24 will allocate $20,000 to help nonprofit organizations better serve Sylva residents during the pandemic. “We tried to keep it very...

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COVID-19 delays R-5600 N.C. DOT project. (Sept. 23)

The Sylva Herald, by Patrick Clemon Like many other facets of life in 2020, COVID-19 is affecting various N.C. Department of Transportation projects, including R-5600. The project to reshape Sylva’s commercial corridor has been postponed from fiscal year 2022 to 2025....

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Flu, COVID-19 on a collision course. (Sept. 23)

The Sylva Herald, by Dave Russell New cases of COVID-19 declined for three weeks, but the Jackson County Department of Public Health reports a slight uptick this week. On Monday, the agency reported 13 new cases, the most in a single day since Aug. 31. Another four...

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COVID Cases Rise, But Rate Slows Down

The Sylva Herald, By Dave Russell Jackson County COVID-19 cases continue to climb, but the rate of the growth has slowed. From a peak of 29 cases reported on July 21, five were reported to the Jackson County Department of Public Health on Tuesday. The county currently...

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First Public School Student COVID-19 Case Reported ( Aug. 27)

The Sylva Herald, By Dave Russell Jackson County COVID-19 cases rose by 9.6 percent over the last week. That’s down from an almost 40 percent jump a month ago but up from a 3 percent increase last week. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Jackson County Department of Public...

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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

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