WNC COVID-19 Regional Report - July 24, 2020

July 27, 2020




Friday, July 24, 2020


This week’s report highlights COVID-19 trends in comparison to historic wars and disasters, the movement for reparations in Asheville, and new resources and training opportunities focused on PPE acquisition, acute care of COVID-19 patients, health equity, and reproductive and perinatal care.


Monitoring Trends


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The COVID Vulnerability Map shows that a number of our WNC communities have populations that are at extremely high or very high risk for severe outcomes if infected with COVID-19.


Key Observations this Week


COVID-19 cases continue to surge across our North Carolina. As of Thursday, there are 106,893 confirmed cases, 9% of tests returning positive, and a record number of hospitalizations at 1,188.

Testing and tracing capacity is strained with cases rising, causing supply shortages and delays in test results. In Buncombe County, where cases are accelerating, community testing has been temporarily suspended while public health officials work on developing a more sustainable testing strategy.


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The COVID-19 North Carolina Dashboard has been updated to provide more detailed hospitalization data to provide clearer insights on regional hospital capacity. 


Measuring the Toll of COVID-19


With more than 143,000 confirmed deaths and counting, COVID-19-related deaths in the United States have now surpassed the total number of deaths from the flu or any other infectious disease outbreak in a single year or season since the 1918–19 influenza pandemic.

The COVID-19 death toll has also exceeded the total number of Americans killed in World War I (116,516) and the Korean and Vietnam wars combined (36,574 and 58,220), both in terms of total numbers and per capita.


Asheville Makes International News for Reparations




Asheville City Council recently made international news after unanimously voting to make reparations to Black residents. In its July 14 resolution, city leaders apologized for the city’s past participation in oppressive, racist and discriminatory policies. The city pledged to form a Community Reparations Commission within the year to make actionable recommendations that may include “increasing minority homeownership and access to other affordable housing; increasing minority business ownership and career opportunities; strategies to grow equity and generational wealth; closing the gaps in healthcare, education, employment and pay, and neighborhood safety; and fairness within criminal justice.”

These reparations could help eliminate the long-standing systemic health and social inequities that put Black and Brown Americans at greater risk for COVID-19 and many other serious health conditions.



COVID-19 Practice Support Tip Sheets


For more practice support resources, please see MAHEC’s COVID-19 Regional Response Guidance.


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NEW Resources to Help You Serve Your Patients


Provider Resources

Health Inequities and Social Support

Patient Education


NEW & Ongoing COVID-19 Virtual Trainings & Support


NC AHEC/CCNC Navigating COVID-19 Webinar New
Tuesday, July 28 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Acute Care of Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19, MAHEC New
Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm beginning July 29

How Community Health Workers and Promotores Can Support Individuals with Complex Needs amid COVID-19 New
Wednesday, July 29 from 1:00 to 2:15 pm

CDC COVID-19 Response: Promising Practices in Health Equity New
Wednesday, July 29 at 3:00 pm

School Re-Openings During COVID-19 New
Wednesday, July 29 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Learning Collaborative - Reproductive and Perinatal Health MAHEC New
Thursday, July 30, weekly from 7:00 to 8:00 am (days vary)

NC AHEC Friday Open House for Providers New
Friday, July 31 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm

MAHEC COVID-19 Coordinating Community Resources in WNC MAHEC New
Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 am, biweekly beginning August 12

NCDHHS COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition
Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Click link above and select “add to distribution list” to receive weekly meeting invitations

Virtual Support Group for WNC Healthcare Workers
Thursdays at 7:00 pm




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