Calling it an “unprecedented public health challenge,” Chairman Brownie Newman noted the Board of Commissioners is fully committed to Buncombe County’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19). During their meeting on March 17, Commissioners unanimously approved $500,000 to be used in ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of the pandemic. “How we respond now makes a real difference in how this plays out. Tell us what you need to mount the most effective response we can provide to protect public safety and help residents of our community get through this,” said Newman.
The funding will be used for a variety of needs such as protective equipment, school meal supplies, an Emergency Operations Center consultant, and other public safety needs. “There are things we will need to do that we don’t even know about. As the plan takes shape, let us know. We can convene as needed if there are additional resources that are needed,” added Newman.
Buncombe County continues to monitor the spread of coronavirus and is providing centralized information on its Buncombe Ready page. For up-to-date news, resource lists, and more, click here.