Local Covid-19 News

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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SoCon moves fall league sports to spring. (Aug. 19)

The Sylva Herald, written by Carey Phillips The Southern Conference joined most others across the nation last Thursday when the Council of Presidents announced the league will not have fall conference competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference hopes to...

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NCHSAA asks schools to delay schedule plans. (Aug. 19)

The Sylva Herald, written by Carey Phillips Two days after releasing a revised sports calendar for the 2020-21 school year (see story on page 1A), the N.C. High School Athletic Association issued a moratorium on schools scheduling athletic events. The NCHSAA hopes to...

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A cautious reopening for Jackson schools. (Aug. 19)

The Sylva Herald Jackson County students returned to school Monday in a year unlike any other. Classes opened with a limited number of students, who are divided into groups A and group B. Each group comes two days per week (A group comes on Monday and Tuesday and B...

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Increase in COVID cases here slowing. (Aug 19)

The Sylva Herald, written by Dave Russell Jackson County COVID-19 cases rose by just 3 percent over the last week. That’s down from almost 40 percent a month ago. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Jackson County Department of Public Health reported 479 cases of full-time...

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NCHSAA, Southern Conference postpone fall sports (Aug. 19)

The Sylva Herald, written by Carey Phillips There will be no high school sports in Jackson County until at least November, and college sports will be limited at best due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s the result of decisions made last week by the N.C. High School...

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WCU Ready For These Unprecedented Times. (August 12)

Smoky Mountain News,  (Opinion by By Kelli R. Brown, chancellor of Western Carolina University • Guest Columnist) These are uncertain and challenging times. Our communities, our state and our nation are grappling with an unprecedented set of issues that affect each...

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University Employees Sue UNC System, Gov. Cooper. (Aug. 12)

Smoky Mountain News, Written by Holly Kays Seventeen employees at University of North Carolina System schools — including two from Western Carolina University — are suing the university system and Gov. Roy Cooper in a class-action lawsuit demanding a halt to plans to...

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COVID Cases, Deaths Still On Rise In Jackson. (Aug. 12)

The Sylva Herald, By Carey Phillips and Dave Russell While the rate of infection is dropping locally, Jackson County has reported three more deaths in the past week from COVID-19. That brings the total to seven since the pandemic started in March. The Jackson County...

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Fourth death here from COVID-19 is reported. (Aug. 4)

The Sylva Herald, By Dave Russell The Jackson County Department of Public Health reported Monday the death of a fourth county resident related to COVID-19. The individual was between the ages of 65-74 with underlying health conditions. The health department...

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Complete United Way COVID-19 impact survey

Smoky Mountain News, by Admin United Way of North Carolina launches a statewide survey today to assess how COVID-19 has impacted community members across the state. All North Carolina families are invited to complete the United Way of North Carolina COVID-19 survey...

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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

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