Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Asheville, NC
Official Advisories and Updates
Buncombe County has created the Buncombe Ready website as an official resource for Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and advisories. To get emergency notifications sent straight to your phone, text BCALERT to 888-777.
Cases of COVID-19, a new strain of coronavirus, began popping up in the United States in January. On March 21, the first case in Buncombe County was announced. This page will be continually updated with the latest news as well as a list of local resources.
Asheville COVID-19 Updates
- September 24, 2020 – Buncombe County reports a total of 2,954 confirmed cases and 82 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 198,189 positive cases, 902 current hospitalizations, and 3,356 deaths.
- September 14, 2020 – Buncombe County reports a total of 2,760 confirmed cases and 72 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 185,781 positive cases, 895 current hospitalizations, and 3,060 deaths.
- September 4, 2020 – North Carolina moves into Phase 2.5 and allows gyms, aquariums, museums and other spaces to open at a reduced capacity for the first time since the pandemic started. Mask mandates and other prevention methods remain in effect.
- September 2, 2020 – Governor Cooper extends 11 pm alcohol curfew through October 2.
- August 24, 2020 – Buncombe County reports a total of 2,298 confirmed cases and 64 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 156,396 positive cases, 948 current hospitalizations, and 2,535 deaths.
- August 6, 2020 – Buncombe County reports a total of 1,785 confirmed cases and 46 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 131,267 positive cases, 1,147 current hospitalizations, and 2,092 deaths.
- August 5, 2020 – Gov. Cooper extends “Safer At Home” Phase 2 through September 11. Bars and gyms remain closed during the extension.
- August 3, 2020 – Buncombe County shows sustained community spread according to Buncombe County Public Health.
- July 28, 2020 – Governor Cooper signs Executive Order 153 stopping the sale of alcoholic drinks in restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries at 11 pm.
- July 24, 2020 – Asheville City Schools announces it will begin the new year with remote learning.
- July 17, 2020 – North Carolina extends “Safer At Home” Phase 2 for three more weeks.
- July 16, 2020 – U.S. reports a record 75,600 new daily cases; the number has more than doubled since June 24. Buncombe County reports a total of 952 confirmed cases and a revised total of 42 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 93,426 positive cases, 1,134 current hospitalizations, and 1,588 deaths.
- July 13, 2020 – Buncombe County reports a total of 846 confirmed cases and a revised total of 32 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 87,528 positive cases, 1,040 current hospitalizations, and 1,510 deaths.
- July 3, 2020 – North Carolina reports highest one-day increase of COVID-19 positive tests.
- July 1, 2020 – Buncombe County reports a total of 603 confirmed cases and 38 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 66,513 positive cases, 901 current hospitalizations, and 1,373 deaths.
- June 24, 2020 – North Carolina extends Phase 2 for at least three weeks and announces a face covering requirement.
- June 23, 2020 – Buncombe County reports a total of 509 confirmed cases and 37 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 54,453 positive cases, 915 current hospitalizations, and 1,251 deaths.
- June 17, 2020 – Buncombe County reports a total of 464 confirmed cases and 35 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 46,855 positive cases, 846 current hospitalizations, and 1,168 deaths.
- June 11, 2020 – Buncombe County reports a total of 417 confirmed cases and 34 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 39,481 positive cases, 812 current hospitalizations, and 1,064 deaths.
- June 4, 2020 – Buncombe County reports a total of 374 confirmed cases and 30 deaths. North Carolina sees its biggest one-day increase in positive cases yet, and it reports a total of 31,966 positive cases, 659 current hospitalizations, and 960 deaths.
- May 27, 2020 – Buncombe County reports a total of 279 lab-confirmed cases and 20 deaths. Four outbreaks (of two or more cases) have been identified in long-term care facilities.
- May 22, 2020 – Gov. Cooper moves North Carolina into Phase 2 of easing COVID-19 restrictions.
- May 14, 2020 – Buncombe County is notified of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in two long-term care facilities within the county. Buncombe County reports a total of 134 confirmed cases and 4 deaths.
- May 7, 2020 – Gov. Cooper announces the transition to Phase 1 of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, May 8, at 5:00 pm.
- May 1, 2020 – Buncombe County reports an increased total of 69 cases and 4 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 10,923 positive cases, 547 current hospitalizations, and 399 deaths.
- April 22, 2020 – Buncombe County reports an increased total of 46 cases and 3 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 7,220 positive cases, 434 current hospitalizations, and 242 deaths.
- April 15, 2020 – Buncombe County reports a total of 37 cases and 3 deaths as of April 15. North Carolina reports a total of 5,123 positive cases, 431 current hospitalizations, and 117 deaths.
- April 9, 2020 – North Carolina reports a total of 3,651 positive cases, 398 current hospitalizations, and 65 deaths.
- April 4, 2020 – An assisted living community in Hendersonville reports 23 Coronavirus cases linked to residents and staff.
- April 2, 2020 – Buncombe County reports a total of 31 positive cases.
- March 30, 2020 – Governor Cooper issues a statewide stay-at-home order.
- March 28, 2020 – Buncombe County reports its first COVID-19 associated death. The county’s total number of lab-confirmed positive cases increases to 19.
- March 26, 2020 – Buncombe County issues a stay-at-home declaration. The Asheville Citizens Times is providing coverage on what the stay-at-home order means for residents.
- March 25, 2020 – North Carolina reports its first COVID-19 associated deaths.
- March 24, 2020 – Governor Cooper extends school closure to May 15, 2020.
- March 23, 2020 – Buncombe County identifies five additional cases of COVID-19 in county residents, bringing the total to eight.
- March 21, 2020 – Buncombe County has its first resident test positive for COVID-19.
- March 19, 2020 – Buncombe County bans gatherings of 10 or more.
- March 17, 2020 – Governor Cooper orders dine-in service at restaurants and bars closed. Buncombe County opens its first drive-through testing facilities.
- March 12, 2020 – Buncombe County and the City of Asheville declare a local state of emergency.
- March 3, 2020 – North Carolina identifies its first Coronavirus case.
What You Need to Know
Symptoms – These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses): fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Older Adults & Medical Conditions – Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.
Prepare Your Family – The CDC has created a list of what you can do to prepare your family in case COVID-19 spreads in your community.
Restaurants With Takeout, Delivery, and Outdoor Patios
Support Asheville’s large restaurant industry, while responsibly practicing social distancing. We’re all in this together. Visit our list of Asheville restaurants with takeout, delivery, and outdoor patios.
Community Discussion Boards
Know of a resource that’s not on this list? Have a question about the Coronavirus? Visit our Coronavirus COVID-19 discussion forums to share what’s on your mind.
Asheville Volunteer Opportunities
Hands On Asheville-Buncombe has created a community hub focused on Coronavirus specific volunteer opportunities. Both in-person and virtual opportunities are available, and the list is updated daily.
Current opportunities include positions at MANNA FoodBank for packing food boxes and bulk supplies, WNCAP for drivers willing to transport clients to and from their HIV-related medical appointments (as well as for grocery shopping), and Homeward Bound for people willing to assist in food preparation (such as sandwiches and baked goods).
Asheville City Schools
Asheville City Schools (ACS) is maintaining a portal for all school-related Coronavirus updates and advisories.
Food Resources for Families
Asheville City Schools is distributing meals to students each day at various food distribution sites throughout the community.
Additionally, a list of local restaurants and organizations providing meals to families is being maintained and frequently updated.
Other Local Resources
- Buncombe Ready
- Buncombe County’s Community Update Video Archives
- The One Buncombe Assistance Fund
- United Way Resources for Assistance With Food, Utilities, Childcare, Etc.
- NC DHHS
- Asheville Chamber Coronavirus Business Resources
- Mountain BizWorks Recovery Options for Businesses
- Center for Disease Control
- Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance
- CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- Small Business Association Local Assistance Directory
- Treasury and IRS Tax Guidance
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Last updated at 12:45 pm on September 24, 2020.