October 5, 2020



You are an essential part of our COVID-19 response and we need your help to spread the word about these vital resources for our community. 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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  • North Carolina is Officially in Phase 3 of Reopening Process- Learn More

The transition into Phase 3 takes place on Friday, October 2nd at 5 PM. Local leaders and public health officials will continue to monitor trends in Buncombe County to ensure that the move to phase 3 does not push local trends in a negative direction.

o   Spread the Word: https://www.buncombecounty.org/countycenter/news-detail.aspx?id=18601


  • Buncombe County Community Testing Sites Have Changed- Learn More

Buncombe County currently is now offering 2 weekly COVID-19 Community Testing Sites. Testing occurs every Sunday from 1:30-5:30 PM at the Allied Health Building on the AB Tech Campus and every Thursday from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM at the Buncombe County Sports Park. For more information about our testing sites and to register for an appointment, check our website at buncombeready.org.


  • NC Offers Relief Payments to Help with Virtual Schooling and Childcare- Learn More

Do you have a dependent child who was 16 or younger at the end of 2019? You may be eligible for a $335 payment to help cover the cost of childcare and virtual schooling.


  • 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

Find out what restrictions have been lifted as North Carolina moves into phase 3.


  • New Features on the NC COVID-19 Dashboard

NCDHHS added antigen testing to its COVID-19 NC Dashboard, including positive COVID-19 cases and deaths diagnosed with an antigen test and the number of antigen tests completed daily.


The USDA has extended WIC COVID-19 Flexibilities until COVID-19 is no longer a public health emergency.


  • Visitation Restrictions Lift at select Nursing Homes

Due to stability in NC's COVID-19 key metrics, NCDHHS updated its Secretarial Order to allow indoor visitation at some nursing homes.


  • New COVID-19 Toolkit for the Faith Community

NCDHHS updated its COVID-19 guidance for places of worship and a new toolkit is available to support faith leaders in slowing the spread of the virus.