Covid-19 cases on rise in Macon

Macon County Health Dept. photo by Vickie Carpenter

In the past week, two cases of COVID-19 have been found among Macon County employees including one at Macon County Public Health.  Both are isolating at home and doing well. Close contacts of the county maintenance employee have been notified, tested, and are quarantined until they receive their results. The County Maintenance department has performed the necessary steps to disinfect the affected area. The Public health employee has not had contact with the public as a part of their duties during the COVID-19 response.

As of June 9 at 4 p.m., 139 active cases have been identified in Macon County with 17 recovered and one death, for a total of 157 cases, an increase of 37 cases since June 4.

Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation is holding a testing clinic in Highlands  on Saturday, June 13. The format will be drive-through, pre-scheduled appointments.  Participants should call (828)506-6907 to initiate registration.

The tests will be administered by Mountain Park Urgent Care (MPUC), Sylva.   The County Health Departments are provided COVID-19 test reports as required by NCDHHS.   To expedite the drive-through testing process, pre-registration is required, and no unscheduled “walk-ins” can be accepted.  Each interested participant will be called back (after initiating the registration phone call) to schedule a time, and provide required health history, insurance and ID information.  Uninsured and self-pay participants are eligible for this testing initiative. Confidential results will be provided directly to participants by phone.

Symptoms for COVID-19 are fever, cough, and other lower respiratory illness (shortness of breath). If you believe that you may have COVID-19, call the Health Department at (828)349-2517. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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