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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

  • 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, 2020North 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

National Resources

Last updated at 6:45 am on July 14, 2020.