Haywood County Public Health received notice May 18, that two more Haywood County residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

These mark the 27th and 28th cases. The individuals are in isolation at home.

The individuals are residents of Haywood County with no recent out-of-state travel history. One was exposed to the virus while out of the county at work, and the other is a community transmission case contracted here in Haywood County.

Haywood County Public Health nurses are identifying close contacts of these individuals. To protect individual privacy, no further information will be released.

A total of 544 Haywood residents have been tested, not counting the 283 front-line essential workers who tested on April 28 and were all negative. Of the 544, 481 were negative; 12 are positive; 16 have recovered, and 38 are awaiting test results.

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