Buncombe County COVID-19 Newsletter 1/11/21-1/15/21

January 19, 2021


Here is an overview of the most recent Buncombe County COVID-19 updates and resources. We have also included links that you can share on your social media to help spread the word about these important updates.

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  • Weekly Community Update

As of Jan. 15, 2021, there have been 11,514 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe County residents. We, as a community, have experienced 214 COVID-related deaths. As of Oct. 1, 2020, updates are being provided in a press release format on our website and in-person updates are provided to the Board of Commissioners at their briefing.  

  • Current COVID-19 Immunization Phase
    Stay up to date with the latest vaccine related information as we continue to progress through the phases. As of today, all online vaccine appointments are currently filled. More appointments will be available when vaccine allotments are announced from the state. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine through answers to some common questions and concerns surrounding the topic. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a personal choice and we want you to have access to the resources necessary to make an informed decision.
  • Buncombe County’s Stay Safe, Stay Smart Order Update
    Executive Order 181 takes effect on Dec. 11, 2020 at 5 p.m. and is effective until at least Jan. 29, 2021. The executive order introduces a “Night-Time Public Closure Period” and “Stay at Home Period” in order to curb the rapid statewide spread of COVID-19.
  • I Tested Positive for COVID-19. What Now?
    With COVID-19 cases rising at rapid rates, we want our community to feel supported if they test positive. If your results indicate a positive test, check out these tips and resources on what to do moving forward. .
  • COVID-19 Testing sites in Buncombe County for January added to calendar. Visit buncombeready.org for the testing site calendar. Testing is happening at AB Tech. See the calendar by clicking on the link below.
  • Have COVID-19 Questions? Buncombe County COVID-19 Call Center Can Help.
    The Ready Team call center is focused on connecting people to testing, addressing concerns about public health guidance and most recent Stay Safe orders, and answering a variety of questions related to COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 Testing and Treatment Covered For Those Without Insurance

People who are uninsured can get tested and treated for coronavirus at no cost. If a person does not have health insurance at the time of COVID-19 testing or treatment, providers can file a claim in order to receive reimbursement from the government.

  • Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 with the SlowCOVIDNC App - Learn More

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has released an app to aid in slowing the spread of COVID-19. The app tracks those you have been around and notifies you automatically if one of your contacts has tested positive for COVID-19. To ensure that all user information stays confidential, the app does not collect, store, or share personal information or location data.

  • Buncombe County Commissioners Call Public Hearing for Additional COVID Relief for Small Businesses
    Following up on the success of the previous One Buncombe Fund campaign, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved a public hearing on providing more low-interest loans for small businesses during an emergency meeting on Jan. 12. The public hearing is a necessity for Commissioners to make the money available to the community and will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 26. 
  • Coronavirus Public Health Materials for Local Businesses
    Materials in both English and Spanish are available to local businesses to help with enforcement of COVID-19 safety measures. We have updated the “Occupancy Limit Signage” and the “NC Face Covering Requirement” signage today in order to reflect the most recent information.

COVID-19 Updates from NCDHHS

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  • Video - Coronavirus Briefing with Governor Cooper (Jan. 12 & 14)

PRESS RELEASES since the last update include:

NEW resources since the last update include:

  • NEW Video Resource “A Love Letter to Black America” | The Black Coalition Against COVID wrote this love letter to remind us they are on the frontlines, ensuring every single Black American’s health and safety is at the heart of the national conversation about COVID-19, and that as a vaccine is being developed, respect for Black lives must be a core value.  Please share this powerful video!
  • NEW North Carolinians Get Behind the Mask | The Historically Marginalized Populations team worked hard to pull together a series of videos, recorded by North Carolinians in their own languages, about the importance of wearing a mask – a message that is more critical now than ever before.  Please share these resources widely! 
  • NEW COVID-19 Testing Site Accessibility Checklist (Spanish)
  • Updated Resources for Places of Worship and Faith Communities

UPDATED guidance since the last update include:

UPDATED reports since the last update include:

NEW EVENTS ADDED to the community testing events page

UPDATED Contact Tracing numbers

Other News:

  • County Offices Closed Monday, Jan. 18 in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

All Buncombe County Government offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County is planning a virtual 2021 Celebration due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find a calendar of events at mlkasheville.org. Events run Jan. 15-19.

  • Park Memorial Joins Buncombe County Public Libraries Open at 50 Percent Capacity for Grab and Go Service on Jan. 19
    Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19, Pack Memorial Library will reopen to the public with limited hours and services. See below for schedule information for most other Buncombe County Public Libraries.
  • Buncombe County Nominations Are Now Being Accepted for the 2021 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards
    The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honors individuals, groups and businesses that make significant contributions to their community through volunteer services. Nomination of a deserving volunteer, group, or organization must be in by Jan. 21, 2021.  
  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program   
    The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) uses federal funding to provide qualifying households with a one-time vendor payment to help cover heating costs.

Help protect your family and neighbors from COVID-19.

Know the 3 Ws. Wear. Wait. Wash.

#StayStrongNC and get the latest at https://www.nc.gov/covid19