Risks are still great.
While this is an improvement, there has been no significant change over the last three weeks and a low-level plateau is emerging.
The Covid-19 case rate in Buncombe County has remained low and stable for about three weeks. The case rate has dropped from 54 cases per 100,000 residents to 40 cases per 100,000.
Three Covid-19 deaths were recorded between March 25 and April 1, bringing the total number this year of Covid-19 related deaths of Buncombe County residents up to 552.
“Be aware of symptoms or exposure to those with Covid-19 and get tested if you have been exposed or feel ill,” said Stacie Saunders, Buncombe County Public Health Director. “While case rates are declining, it is important continue to stay home and away from others if you are symptomatic or have tested positive for Covid-19 to keep from spreading it to others. If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about Covid treatment options.”
All Covid-19 vaccines, boosters, and second boosters (for eligible populations) are available at the Buncombe County Health Department Immunization Clinic at 40 Coxe Ave. This clinic is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and vaccines are available on a walk-in basis. Visit YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov for additional vaccine providers near you. Testing is available in many locations.
“Progress is being made in equitable distribution of vaccine. Equity efforts and relationships with groups like the Mexican Consulate and Healthier Together have helped to close the disparity among the Hispanic population, and now there is a greater proportion of the Buncombe County Hispanic population receiving at least one dose than non-Hispanic,” said Saunders. “We hope to continue to make strides in our equity-focused approach going forward as we establish our mobile team to ensure that we are able to continue our equitable outreach by taking vaccine and many other services out into communities, particularly rural communities and those who have been historically underserved by the healthcare system.”
Due to low call volume, the Ready Team line at (828) 419-0095 will be phased out, which means that the community can call (828) 250-5000 with questions about Covid or to access other HHS supports.