Confirmed cases of the virus remain low in Swain County, which was one of the last counties in the state to report any cases. As of Monday, Swain County Health Department reported 10 confirmed cases.
Alison Cochran, health department director, confirmed that an increase is anticipated. “We expect to see an increase in cases due to more individuals being tested and individuals traveling to and from Swain County,” she said.
As with the state, testing has increased over the last several weeks in Swain County. As of Monday, May 26, there have been a total of 1,061 COVID-19 tests conducted for Swain County with 984 negative results and 67 pending results.
According to Cochran, “Guidance on testing has continuously changed over the past few months. It is now recommended that anyone that is exhibiting symptoms be tested or those that have had a known exposure.”
Swain County Health Department recommends residents and visitors continue to take safety protections to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Cochran said everyone should continue to follow the guidelines provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and the North Carolina Department of Heath and Human Services, which has most recently reminded people to follow the three W’s, wear a mask, wait at least six feet apart and wash your hands.
“Guidance continues to evolve as COVID-19 progresses and staying up to date with accurate information is the best way for the community to protect themselves,” Cochran said.
For daily updates on the number of cases in Swain County, be sure to follow Smoky Mountain Times and the Swain County Health Department on Facebook.
The Swain County Health Department has also shared guidance for businesses that can be found at swaincountync.gov by clicking on the health department link.
For more on state guidelines and to see the state numbers, visit ncdhhs.gov.