Latest Coronavirus Updates on Confirmed Cases
Watch the daily briefings from Buncombe County Public Health on the Coronavirus and preparedness efforts in Buncombe County.
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.
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