December 14, 2020

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 Dec. 11, 2020, there have been 6,622 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe County residents. We, as a community, have experienced 133 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 Monday of December.

  • 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 Jan. 8, 2021 at 5 p.m. 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 December added to calendar. Visit buncombeready.org for the testing site calendar. Testing happening this week at the Chamber of Commerce. 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.

  • 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 NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Cohen (Dec. 10)

 PRESS RELEASES since the last update include:

NEW 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:

  • UNCA Success Story
    Buncombe County has worked with countless partners throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that everyone in our community has the information they need to stay safe and healthy. UNC Asheville was among these, tackling complex challenges with creative solutions.
  • Housing Assistance Available for Those Affected by Pandemic-Related Losses; Must be Accessed by Dec. 30  
    Attention Buncombe County residents: If you are struggling to pay your rent, mortgage, or utilities, Buncombe County’s COVID Housing Assistance Program may be able to help. The funds must be accessed prior to Dec. 30.  
  • 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.
  • Festival of Lights — Dec. 1-23 nightly from 6-9 p.m.
    The Festival of Lights is returning to Lake Julian Park this December. COVID-19 cases are on the rise and we highly recommend that only people who live in the same household should be in the same vehicle.
  • Buncombe County Office of Assessor Announces 2021 Listing Period
    North Carolina law requires all residents to list all taxable personal property owned as of Jan. 1 of each year. The Buncombe County Property Assessor’s Office wants to remind residents the listing period for 2021 begins Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 and the property tax listings must be completed and returned by Feb. 1, 2021, by 5 p.m. to avoid a 10 percent late-listing penalty.
  • Make a Difference in Your Community, Buncombe County is Seeking a Family Justice Division Manager Learn More
    The primary purpose of this position is to work collaboratively with partners to integrate community resources to provide high quality, trauma informed services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and support increased safety, accountability and resilience. The position will support the Coordinated Community Response initiatives and activities, including the Family Justice Center. The deadline for applications is Dec. 14 and the posting can be found at www.buncombecounty.org/jobs.
  • Volunteers Needed to Help Shape Community Investments Learn More
    Buncombe County is seeking volunteers with unique perspectives on community based initiatives to join the Tipping Point Grant review team. The team is comprised of nine volunteers who are appointed annually based on applications. They are responsible for analyzing grant applications against specific criteria and recommend awards for community-based, innovative grants. The deadline for applications is Dec. 30 by 5 p.m. and the posting can be found at www.buncombecounty.org/apply.  

Help protect your family and neighbors from COVID-19.

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