Buncombe County Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Update for March 15, 2022

March 15, 2022

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Update for March 15, 2022

March 15 Update: Buncombe County COVID-19 Trends Continue to Improve

All local COVID-19 indicators continue to improve in Buncombe County. The case rate has dropped from 105 new cases per 100,000 last week to 54 new cases per 100,000 this week. The percent positivity continues to fall and is now below 5%. COVID-19 deaths were lower this week with two deaths being added to the dashboard. Hospitalizations and ICU utilization remain in low and in a favorable area.

Public health officials continue to encourage those not yet vaccinated to get the doses they need today and emphasize the importance of the booster doses as well. “Seeing our trends continue to improve and cases continue to decrease is a welcomed sign that the Omicron surge is fading,” says Public Health Director Stacie Saunders. “While we continue to see better trends, it is important to remember COVID-19 is still circulating and will be for some time. Now is the time to get the vaccine dose you are missing.”

COVID-19 vaccines are available at the Buncombe County Health Department Immunization Clinic at 40 Coxe Ave. This clinic is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and COVID-19 vaccines are available on a walk-in basis. Visit yourspotyourshot.nc.gov for additional vaccine providers near you. While case rates are declining, it is important continue to stay home and away from others if you are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19 to keep from spreading it to others. Testing is available in many locations. If you need to be tested for COVID-19, click here to find testing near you.

Buncombe County uses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 Community Level tool to help monitor COVID-19 by County and inform safety guidelines and prevention. Buncombe County remains at a Medium Level, which means that people who are at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should continue to assess their personal risk and need for protective measures such as wearing a mask in crowded areas. In the medium level, CDC recommends being up-to-date on all COVID-19 vaccines and testing if exposed or having symptoms.

Please visit https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/treatment for more information on available treatments and providers in our area.

Public health officials remind the community to assess their risk and take steps to protect themselves. If exposed or if any symptoms present, consider getting tested via testing provider or at-home testing. If your test is positive and/or you have symptoms, stay home and wear a mask around others. If you are high risk for severe illness, talk to your provider about treatment and, of course, consider getting the vaccine dose you are missing today.

a chart depicting covid-19 metrics for buncombe county for the week of March 15

a map of North Carolina depicting CDC community levels for covid 19. buncombe is medium