BUNCOMBE COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATES
November 2, 2020
In Case You Missed It:
- Let’s Talk COVID-19 Youth Voices
Check out the latest installment in the “Let’s Talk COVID-19” series, amplifying Buncombe County student voices and featuring their stories, perspectives and insights on living through a global pandemic.
- #MyReasonWNC Campaign Photoshoot—Wednesday, November 4th from 3-5pm
Bring your team, or come as you are, to get photographed in your mask and share your reason for continuing to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community! We are looking for a short quote that speaks to your personal motivations for following the 3Ws (examples: to protect grandma, to be able to go back to school, to keep my customers safe). This campaign will feature trusted Buncombe County leaders and locals in order to encourage ongoing safe practices for COVID-19 prevention in our community. Join us Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 from 3-5 p.m. at the top story of HHS parking Garage located on Sears Alley and Coxe Avenue. Access to the garage is available via 40 Coxe Ave. Free parking is available to those who participate in the photo shoot.
- COVID-19 Public Health update during Commissioners’ Briefing – Thursday, Nov. 5th at 3pm
With election day occurring on Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, the meeting of the Board of Commissioners will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5th at PM this upcoming week. Sign up for public comment through Monday, at 3pm. The public will be able to watch the meeting via Facebook Live @Buncombegov or on BCTV.
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As of Oct. 29, 2020, there have been 4,116 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe County residents. We, as a community, have experienced 103 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 3 p.m. briefing on the first and third Tuesday of each month.
- COVID-19 Testing in Buncombe County & New Pop Up COVID Testing Sites for November added to calendar. Visit buncombeready.org for the testing site calendar.
In the month of October, over 5,400 COVID-19 tests have been administered per week in Buncombe County. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, sign up for testing today.
- Tips for a Safe COVID-19 Halloween Learn More
Buncombe County’s COVID-19 percent positivity is seeing an upward trend in the last few weeks. We’ve compiled a few tips and safer options for Halloween.
o Spread the Word: https://www.buncombecounty.org/countycenter/news-detail.aspx?id=18947
- 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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- Video- Governor Cooper’s Latest Emergency Briefing (Oct. 28)
PRESS RELEASES since the last update include:
· (NCDHHS) NCDHHS Launches New Advertisement to Urge North Carolinians to Wear A Mask When with Close Friends and Family
· (Governor’s Office) Governor Cooper Signs Executive Order to Strengthen Eviction Prevention and Help Renters Stay in Their Homes
· (Governor’s Office) NCDHHS Announces Funding Opportunity to Serve Justice-Involved Individuals as COVID-19 Impacts Opioid Overdoses
NEW resources since the last update include:
· NEW Testing Surge Workgroup page
UPDATED guidance since the last update include:
· Updated Provider Guidance
UPDATED reports since the last update include:
NEW EVENTS ADDED to the community testing events page
UPDATED Contact Tracing numbers