WNC COVID Update: Is it Safe to Dine Out and 4 Other Things You Should Know

September 25, 2020


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Friday, September 18, 2020


Five Things


In this week’s streamlined regional report you’ll find

COVID Graph Icon Blue.png Updated WNC Trends

COVID Icon Blue.pngNew data on community exposure risks

COVID Tool Icon Blue.pngTools to encourage flu vaccination

COVID Book Icon Blue.pngMAHEC COVID-19 Library Guide updates

COVID Mask Icon Blue.pngNEW resources & online trainings


WNC COVID-19 Trends


Regional data show that although the total number of confirmed cases is highest in Buncombe (2,764), Burke (1,974), and Henderson (1,848) counties, the case rate per 10,000 is higher in Graham (28.7), Avery (24.3), and other rural WNC counties, indicating the need for ongoing prevention and mitigation measures across our region.


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Source: WNC Health Network and UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC.


The Dine In/Dash Out Debate

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Western North Carolinians are increasingly returning to work, school, dining out and other community activities as we learn to live with the virus. 

A recent CDC study found that community exposure like dining out may double the likelihood of contracting COVID-19, emphasizing the importance of ongoing mitigation measures such as social distancing, wearing face coverings, and limiting community exposure for those who are more vulnerable to serious health impacts.


Become a Flu Fighter


COVID Flu Fighter.jpgNCDHHS is urging North Carolinians to protect themselves, their families, and those around them by getting vaccinated against influenza as the state enters flu season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can help protect the health of your patients and community members by downloading CDC’s Fight Flu Toolkit for Healthcare Professionals.


COVID-19 Practice Support Tip Sheets


If you haven’t checked out MAHEC’s COVID-19 LibGuides, now is the time. These LibGuides have been accessed more than 4,000 times to date and contain a variety of national, state, and regional resources curated by AHEC medical librarians. In them, you’ll find up-to-date guidance and best practices for

  • Patient care
  • Testing
  • PPE
  • Telehealth
  • Billing
  • Health equity
  • Community resources
  • Mental health and resiliency

For more practice support resources, please see MAHEC’s COVID-19 Library Guide.

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NEW Resources to Help You Serve Your Patients


Connecting Residents to COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Support (NCDHHS)

Eviction Protection: Residential tenants may be protected from eviction through Dec. 31, 2020 through a moratorium issued by the CDC. In order to be protected, tenants must sign a Moratorium Declaration and submit it in English to their landlord or the Court. Pisgah Legal Services can assist with this process.

NC Phase 2.5 FAQs

Smart Restart toolkit (Phase 2.5) for businesses in Buncombe County and WNC (editable)

Whatever Your Reason campaign to promote mask wearing in English and Spanish (NCDHHS)


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NEW & Ongoing COVID-19 Virtual Trainings & Support


Southern Regional AHEC: Psychosocial Issues in the Age of COVID-19
Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 1:00 to 3:15 pm

MAHEC: COVID-19 Coordinating Community Resources in WNC - Food Security
Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 7:00 to 8:00 am (biweekly series)

MAHEC: Acute Care of Inpatient with COVID-19 - Historically Marginalized Populations
Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm (biweekly series)

Aligning for Health & AHA: Aligning for Social and Health Needs in the Community
Thursday, Sept. 24 at 3:00 pm

The National Council: Systematic Racism, Health Disparities, and COVID-19
Thursday, Oct. 8 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Vaya Health: QPR Suicide Prevention
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2:30 to 4:30 pm

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

WCMS Virtual Yoga and Meditation with Dr. Robyn Tiger
Thursdays from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm
Contact Robyn to register for classes

NIHCM: Protecting Our Children - COVID-19's Impact on Early Childhood and ACEs
Archived webinar




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