Buncombe County COVID-19 Newsletter 1.18.21 - 1.22.21

January 26, 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.

The vaccination site at AB Tech is running well! As of 8 AM, Jan 22, BCHHS had administered 5,524 total vaccines. We are likely to reach 6,000 or more by the end of the day.

Scheduling A Second COVID-19 Immunization: The second vaccination site will go live on Monday. It will be located at A.C. Reynolds. Only those who have received their first vaccine at a Buncombe County Vaccination Clinic should come to the second dose site on the date and time indicated on their vaccine card.

This waitlist process is only for those needing their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. If you receive your first dose in Buncombe County from BCHHS, you are eligible to receive your second dose in our county and you will not need to use the wait list process the schedule the second dose.

Individuals who received their first vaccine before Jan. 20:

If you received your first vaccine before January 20, you will be contacted individually by a Ready Team member with details on how to receive your 2nd vaccination, including the date, time, and location. If the Ready Team is unable to speak to an individual who received their first vaccine prior to January 20, the person will be notified via text, phone call and email. Alternatively, the person can reference their vaccination card for the date of their next immunization.

Individuals who received their first vaccine after January 20:

Those who got their first vaccine on or after Jan. 20 will receive a card with the date of their next vaccination at the time of their first vaccination. Please bring your vaccination card and insurance card to the site when you arrive for your second vaccine.

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  • Weekly Community Update

As of Jan. 22, 2021, there have been 12,300 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe County residents. We, as a community, have experienced 237 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.  

The YWCA of Asheville and WNC in partnership with Buncombe County Health and Human Services presents Let’s Talk COVID-19: The Vaccine, a two-part virtual town hall event committed to centering the historical and lived experiences of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) as it relates to the COIVD-19 pandemic. 

  • 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, Buncombe County residents ages 65 and older and all health care workers can now join the COVID-19 vaccinations wait list. 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.

·         Spread the Word: https://www.buncombecounty.org/countycenter/news-detail.aspx?id=18996

  • 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.

COVID-19 Updates from NCDHHS

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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:

·         NEW NCDHHS Current Business Closure Periods and Stay at Home Restrictions

·         Updated NCDHHS Interim Update on COVID-19 Vaccine

·         NEW Antigen Testing Pilot Application Packet

·         Updated Youth Sports guidance

·         Updated Schools guidance

o   StrongSchoolsNC: Public Health Toolkit - K-12 (Spanish)

o   Key Updates Summary

o   StrongSchoolsNC Infection Control and PPE Guidance (K-12)

o   Frequently Asked Questions (Spanish)

o   Celebrating Safely: Tips for the Holidays (Spanish)

o   Requirements and Recommendations for Recess, Specials, and General Activities

·         Updated NCDHHS Interim Update on COVID-19 Vaccine

·         Governor Cooper extended North Carolina’s Modified Stay At Home Order that requires people to be at home from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. to last through at least Friday, January 29.

·         NCDHHS issued a Secretarial Directive telling North Carolinians to stay home except for essential activities and avoid gathering, especially indoors, with people who do not live with you. The directive comes as the state reports 84 counties as red in the COVID-19 County Alert System released today, meaning most of the state has critical levels of viral spread. North Carolina also has experienced record high numbers on key metrics in recent weeks, including its highest number since the start of the pandemic of cases reported each day, the percent of tests that are positive and people hospitalized with COVID-19.

·         NCDHHS announced that Food and Nutrition Services recipients will see a temporary increase in the amount of benefits they receive. This increase is part of the federal Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020. Read more.

UPDATED reports since the last update include:

·         County Alert System Report

·         COVID-19 Clusters in North Carolina Report

·         Outbreaks and Clusters Reports

·         Patients Presumed to be Recovered Report

·         Risk Factors for Severe Illness Report

·         CLI Surveillance Report

NEW EVENTS ADDED to the community testing events page

UPDATED Contact Tracing numbers

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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