TRANSYLVANIA PUBLIC HEALTH
Transylvania County is currently experiencing high (red) levels of community transmission, with about 604 new cases per 100,000 people in the past 7 days. Public health officials continue to recommend that everyone wear a mask in indoor public spaces in areas of high or substantial levels of transmission as defined by the CDC’s Community Transmission Map. This map currently shows 99% of counties nationwide experiencing high (red) levels of community transmission, including all counties in North Carolina.
Testing is recommended for anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 and for anyone who has been a close contact to someone with COVID-19 5 days after their last exposure. Testing for COVID-19 may be limited at some facilities, as demand is very high. Testing is usually available in Transylvania County at private healthcare providers, CVS, Mercy Urgent Care, Pardee Urgent Care, and Walgreens. Testing locations in nearby counties can be found at: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/about-covid-19/testing. (Please note that Transylvania Public Health does NOT offer COVID-19 testing for the general public.)
Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are now available by mail. Each residential household is eligible a set of 4 test kits to be delivered by the US Postal Service. Orders can be placed online at https://www.covidtests.gov/.
At-home test kits are also available for purchase at local stores and by request at https://www.pixel.labcorp.com/nc. Starting January 15, health insurance providers will pay for or reimburse the cost of test kits purchased in stores or online. For more information about insurance reimbursement, visit https://www.cms.gov/how-to-get-your-at-home-OTC-COVID-19-test-for-free.
IF YOU HAVE COVID-19 OR ARE A CLOSE CONTACT
The current guidance for people who have positive test results for COVID-19, symptoms of COVID-19, or who have been in close contact to someone with COVID-19 is available on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html.
People who have COVID-19 must isolate at home and away from other people until 5 days have passed since their positive test results or their first symptoms developed; they may leave home after day 5 if they did not have symptoms or if their symptoms are resolving and they have not had a fever for 24 hours, but must continue to wear a mask around other people for 5 additional days.
People who have been identified as a close contact to someone with COVID-19 and are vaccinated as currently recommended, including booster shots if eligible for ages 18 and older, do not need to quarantine but should wear a mask around other people for 10 days and should be tested on day 5 after exposure (or immediately if they develop symptoms). Close contacts who are unvaccinated or who have not received boosters if eligible should stay at home for 5 days after their last exposure, be tested on day 5 (or immediately if they develop symptoms), and then wear a mask around other people for 5 additional days.
People with questions about COVID-19 symptoms, testing, guidance, or vaccines can call 884-4007 during the health department’s normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm).
Vaccination against COVID-19 is currently recommended for everyone ages 5 and older and booster doses are recommended for everyone ages 18 and older who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago, everyone ages 12 or older who received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine at least 5 months ago, or both doses of the Moderna vaccine at least 5 months ago. Individuals may choose any available brand for their booster dose, but evidence suggests that the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines may provide the best protection for most people.
Transylvania Public Health is offering all COVID-19 vaccines BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Appointments can be made online using the link below or by calling 828-884-4007. All COVID-19 vaccinations are available, including single doses of Johnson & Johnson for ages 18 and older, first and second doses of Pfizer for ages 5 and older, first and second doses of Moderna for ages 18 and older, additional doses of Pfizer and Moderna for immunocompromised individuals, and booster doses for ages 12 and older. For second, additional, or booster doses, people should bring the vaccination card(s) given when they received previous dose(s). For more information, please call 884-4007 or click here for our COVID-19 vaccination information page.
COVID-19 vaccines are also available in Transylvania County from Blue Ridge Health Center-Brevard Health Center, Gordon’s Family Pharmacy, Ingles Pharmacy, Walgreen’s, Wal-Mart Pharmacy, and some private providers. Specific availability of each vaccine may vary; contact each vaccine provider for more information about which vaccines they are currently offering.
Transylvania Public Health may also be able to provide on-site vaccinations by request for groups at worksites, churches, community centers, and neighborhoods. To request a vaccination event, click here or call 884-4007.
SUMMER AT THE TOWN POOL WITH FRIENDS ON A HOT SUMMER DAY.
A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY LUNCH FOR ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE CO-WORKERS.
MATCHING TATTOOS WITH YOUR COUSINS, JUST LIKE YOU ALWAYS SAID YOU WOULD.
You might not know it, but memories like these are made possible by Transylvania Public Health. We inspect places like public and private pools, restaurants, hotels and even tattoo parlors to help keep them clean and safe for everyone in Transylvania County to use.
We also keep Transylvania County safe by offering immunizations, screening for health concerns, encouraging good nutrition, and more. Good public health is the backbone of a thriving, healthy community. Transylvania Public Health is already doing a lot to keep you healthy. Get to know us – there’s a lot more we can do for you.
LET’S KEEP IT THAT WAY.
PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY.
Transylvania County is known for its natural beauty, making it a popular tourist destination and more importantly, a place for families to grow and thrive. We’d venture to say that without clean water, a healthy population, and a well-immunized community, this wouldn’t be so.
Transylvania Public Health is committed to keeping our county beautiful and its people healthy. We’re a quiet but steady partner in economic development, an outspoken player in community health and promotion, and a valued member of any health crisis or disaster preparedness team.