November 9, 2020

In Case You Missed It:

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  • Buncombe County  COVID-19 Community Update (Nov. 5, 2020)
  • Video - Flu Shot PSA


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  • Weekly Community Update

As of Nov. 6, 2020, there have been 4,475 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe County residents. We, as a community, have experienced 108 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.


  • 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 (Nov. 5)


Reimbursement for COVID-19 Related Primary Care Services for Uninsured Individuals Living in NC

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) has developed a program to reimburse primary care providers (PCPs) for providing COVID-19 related primary care services (e.g. follow-up care) to uninsured individuals living in North Carolina. The portal for providers to submit the request for reimbursement is live and can be accessed through the NCTracks secure portal. You can view this special bulletin for more information.


Resources to Support NC Providers Responding to COVID-19

There are multiple programs available to support providers who are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Providers can receive much needed funds to help cover COVID-19 related primary care services and expenses. A fact sheet and chart listing other supports available are on the DHHS COVID-19 Response - Providers, Hospitals and Labs webpage under Resources to Support NC Providers Responding to COVID-19.


PRESS RELEASES since the last update include:


NEW resources since the last update include:


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:

  • #MyReasonWNC Campaign Photoshoot

We had a great turnout at the Nov. 4th photoshoot and want to thank everyone who joined us. We are in the process of launching this campaign in Buncombe County and hope to get more participants.


  • Veterans Day Virtual Event—Wednesday, November 11th at 11am
    Government offices and all Buncombe County Public Libraries will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in honor of our veterans. Tune in to the virtual Veterans Day Ceremony hosted by the City of Asheville Mayor’s Committee for Veterans’ Affairs on Nov. 11th at 11am. The event will be streamed live on the City’s YouTube channel.  
  • Buncombe County Seeks Collaborative Partners for Community Safety Initiative Learn More

Gun violence and the justice system both disproportionally impact Black individuals living in Buncombe County. We must address this disparity and move toward preventing violence and strengthening our community. Buncombe County Justice Services is allocating $225,000 in funding from the Safety and Justice Challenge Grant, and is in search of partners that are committed to developing a long-term approach in addressing community violence while improving community safety and working towards healing through collaboration with community members and government partners. The RFP opens Monday, Nov. 9th and will accept applications until Dec. 3rd at noon.



Help protect your family and neighbors from COVID-19.

Know the 3 Ws. Wear. Wait. Wash. [covid19.ncdhhs.gov]

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