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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases Update


Latest Coronavirus Updates on Confirmed Cases

Select Characteristics of COVID-19 Cases Reported

*As of April 8, 2020 at 12 p.m. there are 37 lab confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe County residents.

Table: COVID-19 Cases Reported to BCHD
  Selected Characteristics Numbers of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
Age Range (years) 0 - 17 1
  18 - 24 5
  25 - 49 17
  50 - 64 6
  65+ 8
Gender Female 20
  Male 17
Race White 34
  Black 2
  Asian 1
Ethnicity Non-Hispanic 36
  Hispanic 1

Watch the latest briefings from Buncombe County Public Health on the Coronavirus and preparedness efforts in Buncombe County. The community briefing takes place on Monday and Thursday.

April 8, 2020, Community Update-Key Takeaways

  • Updated Case Count as of noon, 37 lab confirmed positive cases in Buncombe County residents
  • New select characteristics data is available
  • Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chairman Newman signed a new Stay Safe, Stay Home order
  • For questions contact the Ready Team at (828) 419-0095, ready@buncombecounty.org, or call 211

April 6, 2020, Community Update-Key Takeaways

  • Updated case count as of noon, 33 Buncombe County residents test positive
  • County's current Stay Safe, Stay Home declaration will expire on April 9 at 6 a.m. Work is being done to draft a new order that will align more closely with Governor Cooper’s Executive Order, however there will still be some differences. An update will take place on Wednesday, April 8, at 4 p.m.
  • Justice Calvin Hill stated Buncombe County courts will follow extended guidance from Chief Justice Beasley. Learn more at nccourts.gov
  • Visit buncombeready.org and click on the Community Connect link to share information about your home with first responders

April 2, 2020, Community Update-Key Takeaways

  • Updated Case Count as of noon, 31 Buncombe County  residents test positive
  • No new cases in visitors to Buncombe County
  • FAQs on Buncombe County's Stay Safe-Stay Home declaration:
    • Is there a curfew? There is no curfew. The Stay Home-Stay Safe declaration is a standing declaration effective until Thursday April 9. Buncombe County is not taking any actions to disrupt transit or roads- we are only asking people to limit their travel to essential travel only. At this time essential personnel and businesses do not need any credential or pass to be on the roads. 
    • What about in person auto sales? What can be done about enforcing this? This is an area is which our local orders are more restrictive than the Governor’s. In-person auto sales are nonessential until April 9. Auto dealerships can show and sell vehicles virtually, and they may close and complete paperwork in process as long as they are adhering to physical distancing and hygiene guidance. Auto repair and maintenance are essential services. If a dealership has a maintenance and service line on site, that line of operations may continue to operate.
    • How are we enforcing? Law enforcement response to violations of the statute are complaint driven. We do ask that anyone reporting a violation of the local statue do so on NON emergency lines. Please don't call  911 for these purposes. Law enforcement will enforce the order through education, dialogue, and seeking voluntary cooperation from all residents and businesses. If voluntary cooperation is not achieved, Buncombe County Law Enforcement is equipped to enforce these restrictions through citations or misdemeanor charges.
    • What about grocery stores that are not taking measures to ensure social distancing? Grocery stores and any form of food and nutrition delivery are considered essential. We are continuing to reach out to grocery stores with our latest guidance and recommendations. We have encouraged them to consider limiting the amount of people allowed in their stores at once as well as to mark out 6 foot intervals when people are waiting to check out.
    • How are we enforcing Airbnb stays? Over the last few weeks we have had many calls with local business groups, to include AIR, Land of Sky, the Chamber of Commerce, and Explore Asheville to push guidance and answer questions. Among those groups that we’ve been in communication with is the Asheville Homestay Network, which represents a large number of Airbnb and VRBOs in the area. We are currently working with them to clarify and ensure our guidance on short-term rentals under our local Stay Home-Stay Safe declaration.
    • Despite lock-down measures, cases elsewhere have been surging through assisted-care or nursing homes. What more is being done to check in with these facilities and prevent spread? We are  aware of the increased risk for these types of care facilities where the entire population falls into our high-risk category. For months we have been reaching out to them to pass the latest guidance and instruction from the CDC and Public Health. We have dispatched County Fire Marshals to all of these facilities to personally deliver documents and provide guidance. We constantly update our planning efforts for the quickest possible response to any indication of cases at one of these facilities.
    • What about my weekend plans? We know that the weather will be nice over the weekend, but please do not use this as a reason for close contact with anyone outside of your household. Do not go on a raft with 6 people who are not in your household, or load up in a truck and go mountain biking with several of your friends. Get some fresh air but don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Please continue to maintain a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others, wash your hands, and try to reduce your exposure as much as possible.

March 30, 2020, Community Update-Key Takeaways

  • Updated Case Count as of noon, 21 Buncombe County  residents test positive
  • No new cases in visitors to Buncombe County
  • 16 residents have recovered from COVID-19 and have been released from isolation
  • First fatality on March 28
  • BC Public Health continues to work proactively with facilities where a potential for positive cases is considered more worrisome due to potential to spread quickly, like long term care facilities, shelters for persons experiencing homelessness, and detention facilities
  • Further clarification on  differences between Gov. Cooper’s Mandate and BC Stay Safe-Stay Home mandate
    • Are auto sales essential? In person auto sales are nonessential until April 9. Auto dealerships can show and sell vehicles virtually, and they may close and complete paperwork in processing as long as they are adhering to physical distancing and hygiene guidance. Auto repair and maintenance are essential services. If an auto dealership has a maintenance and service line on site, that line of operations may continue to operate.
    • Is Realty essential? In person house showing is nonessential until April 9. Realtors can show and sell homes virtually.  They can also continue and complete any vital paperwork or legal processes to continue sales. In general, under the Minimum Business Operations clause, they can also send staff and contractors to houses to maintain and update their virtual inventory.
    • Is Lawn Care essential? Lawn Care may operate under the minimum business operations clause, this means minimal staffing and as long as they are adhering to physical distancing and hygienic requirements. These social distancing requirement include travel to and from a jobsite, on the jobsite, and to lunch and breaks on jobsites. We want to ensure that all Buncombe County residents, whether on essential business or not, maintain their distance at 6ft.
    • Is moving an essential function? Yes, moving is an essential function. If you haven’t yet scheduled your move, and you can delay it, that is recommended, but if not please ensure you are doing your very best to avoid close contact and sanitizing common-touch surfaces. If you are moving to another county or state, or you are moving to Buncombe from another jurisdiction- you need to quarantine yourselves for 2 weeks upon arrival at your new location.
  • Buncombe County, United Way, and Asheville Chamber have formed a partnership to match in-kind donations with community organization needs. Learn more at www.handsonasheville.org

March 27, 2020, Community Update-Key Takeaways

  • Updated Case Count as of noon, 17 Buncombe County  residents test positive
  • No new cases in visitors to Buncombe County
  • 12 residents and all 5 visitors have recovered from COVID-19 and have been released from isolation
  • Further clarification on Stay Safe-Stay Home mandate
  • Emergency Services looking at a regional effort
  • Asheville City and Buncombe County Schools helping students with social and emotional skills
  • Update from MissionHealth
  • One Buncome Relief Fund is launched 

March 26, 2020 Community Update-Key Takeaways

  • Updated Case Count as of noon, 14 Buncombe County  residents test positive
  • 5 cases in visitors to Buncombe County
  • 11 residents and all 5 visitors have recovered from COVID-19 and have been released from isolation
  • Please see the Supplemental Declaration titled Stay Safe-Stay Home to find out if your business is deemed essential or non-essential.
  • Understand the intent of Stay Home-Stay Safe. The point is encourage social distancing to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19. 

March 25, 2020 Community Update-Key Takeaways

  • Updated case count at 2:30 p.m., 13 Buncombe County residents test positive
  • 5 cases in visitors to the County
  • Board of Commissioners Chairman Newman signs second Supplemental Declaration to Local State of Emergency. This declaration directs all Buncombe County residents to “Stay Home – Stay Safe” and to limit movements outside of their homes that are not deemed essential
  • One Buncombe COVID-19 Rapid Relief Fund set to launch Friday, more information to come.

March 24, 2020 Key Takeaways

  • Updated case count at 2:30 p.m., 12 Buncombe County residents test positive.
  • 4 cases in visitors to the County.
  • Confirmed evidence of community spread. Now is the time to stay home.
  • Public Health continues to investigate models from around the globe and will move forward to add an additional supplement declaration with a Stay Home, Stay Safe Mandate to reduce opportunity for close contact during these next few weeks. Further information will be available Wednesday, March 25.
  • Telemedicine options are available at missionhealth.org
  • Innovation and dynamic responses are also happening in our community, such as virtual town hall and special hours at some grocery stores for vulnerable populations.
  • Further guidance for restaurants providing takeout will be posted by 5 p.m.

Archived Daily COVID-19 Briefings: