TRANSYLVANIA PUBLIC HEALTH
Spread of COVID-19 is increasing rapidly, particularly among people who are not vaccinated. Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested: the most common symptoms are headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose and fever, but also include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Testing for COVID-19 is available in Transylvania County at private healthcare providers, CVS, Mercy Urgent Care, Pardee Urgent Care, and Walgreens. At-home test kits are also available for purchase at local stores and for free by request at https://www.pixel.labcorp.com/nc.
Public health officials strongly encourage vaccination against this virus for everyone ages 12 or older. People who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear face coverings indoors, and everyone should continue to take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, including avoiding large groups and crowded places, social distancing, and washing hands often.
Based on the highly-contagious Delta variant circulating in the U.S., the CDC has issued new guidance for fully vaccinated people. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Fully vaccinated people should wear face masks in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. They might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of community transmission, especially if they or someone in their household is immune compromised or at increased risk of severe illness, or if someone in their household is not vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 do not have to quarantine unless they have symptoms, but should be tested 3-5 days after their exposure and should wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
At this time, the CDC has not recommended any “booster shots” for people who are fully vaccinated with any of the current COViD-19 vaccines. However, reviews of data trends and clinical trials to explore possible options are ongoing. Although some recent data suggests that the J&J vaccine may not be as effective as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at preventing infections with the COVID-19 virus, most of the new cases are in unvaccinated people and all three vaccines do a very good job at protecting against serious illness and hospitalization.
Transylvania Public Health is offering in-office COVID-19 vaccinations Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 11:15am and 1:00pm to 4:15pm. No appointment is needed. Vaccine type may vary weekly; please call 884-4007 for more information. At this time, vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson are available. Our clinic is located on the 3rd floor of the Community Services Building at 106 E. Morgan St. in downtown Brevard.
Vaccinations are free for everyone, regardless of insurance. Pfizer vaccines are available for everyone ages 12 or older while Moderna and J&J vaccines are available for everyone ages 18 or older. For second doses, please bring the vaccination card given when you received your first dose; if you do not have a card, we can verify your vaccination status using the state database as long as you received your first dose in North Carolina.
We are also 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.
COVID-19 vaccines are also available in Transylvania County from Blue Ridge Health Center-Brevard Health Center, Gordon’s Family Pharmacy, Hendersonville Pediatrics, Ingles Pharmacy, Walgreen’s, and Wal-Mart Pharmacy. Specific availability of each vaccine may vary; you can call each vaccine provider for more information about which vaccines they are currently offering. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are currently authorized for people ages 18 or older. The Pfizer vaccine is currently authorized for ages 12 or older.
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).
(Updated 7/27/21 at 11:45 am) (Demographic data for COVID-19 deaths will be updated weekly, as needed. Last updated 5/14/21 at 1:30 pm) For more information about cases in North Carolina, visit the NC DHHS COVID-19 Case Count website. For more information about cases...read more
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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.