Month: June 2020

Community Notice: COVID-19 Buncombe County Update

June 29, 2020

COVID-19 Buncombe County Update

 As of 5 pm today, there have been 572 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe County residents. 109 of these individuals are currently in isolation. Sadly, two more residents of long term facilities have passed away due to COVID-19. This brings the total number of COVID-19-associated deaths in Buncombe County residents to 39.

A total of 1,086 people were tested during the initial round of community testing. At these testing events, 29 cases of COVID-19 were identified. Buncombe County would like to thank all of the volunteers and agencies involved in the initial weeks of community testing.

Contact tracing is underway to notify close contacts of their exposure to someone with COVID-19. Individuals identified as close contacts will get a phone call from their local health department or NC OUTREACH (844-628-7223).

Community spread of COVID-19 has increased in our county as our community has started reopening and people have been increasing their close contact with others outside of their household. Interim Public Health Director, Dr. Jennifer Mullendore, urges the community to mask up and stay out of large gatherings. She says, “The cases are rising. As the July 4th holiday is upon us, we are concerned that cases will increase as a result. We all really need to make plans to be low-key over the holiday weekend. If you must be around others, wear a face covering and ask that those around you wear a face covering. Try to be outside as much as possible and try to stay six feet away from others. Don’t share food, hugs, or dances this holiday weekend. We have to remember that this is a global pandemic with no clear no end in sight and these small sacrifices can make the difference in our community’s ability to weather the storm.  While there are many unknowns facing our community right now, we know that there is a better chance that we can succeed if the majority of people reduce contact with others and wear face coverings as much as possible.”

Tomorrow marks the first day of the permanent testing sites offered over the next 10 weeks in partnership between Buncombe County and Western North Carolina Community Health Center. People with an insurance card should bring it for billing purposes. There will be language services on-site.

The COVID-19 Community Testing schedule is as follows:

  • East Buncombe
    2217 US 70 Hwy., Swannanoa (Ingles Parking Lot)
    Every Tuesday, Beginning June 30th
    Testing will be from 10:30 am until 1:30 pm

    • Early testing hours for staff of long term and congregate care facilities will be offered at the Swannanoa Ingles from 9:30- 10:30 am.
  • South West Buncombe
    58 Apac Dr., Asheville (Buncombe County Sports Park)
    Every Thursday, beginning July 2nd
    Testing will be from 10:30 am until 1:30 pm

    • Early testing hours for staff of long term and congregate care facilities will be offered at the Sports Park from 9:30- 10:30 am.
  • Central Buncombe
    AB Tech, Genevieve Circle, Asheville (Allied Health Parking Lot)
    Every Sunday, Beginning July 5th
    Testing will be from 1:30 pm until 5:30 pm

There will be a Community Update on Thursday, July 2nd at 2pm. We continue to urge the public to monitor symptoms and to get tested if they have symptoms or fall into the risk groups. Visit for information on testing and for the symptom checker. The Ready Team stands ready to answer questions about testing sites, the self-checker, and Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 147. The Ready Team can be reached at (828) 419-0095, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Questions and Answers for Media Partners: 

  • First weekend with state mask order – thoughts about compliance, what you’ve observed, etc.
    • Only anecdotal observations, but seeing more people outside wearing masks.  Masks are how we get through this. Wearing a mask helps to stop the spread of COVID-19 which is what is needed to save lives and further reopen our economy. As the impact of COVID-19 continues to worsen in the nation and the state every day, there remains the potential that cases will overwhelm our healthcare system in July and our state may have to revert to a Phase 1 type order to control more effectively the spread of infection. Everyone needs to work together and follow public health guidance to prevent this from happening.
  • Details about new health director. Help the public understand the difference between health director and medical director – especially as it pertains to handling of coronavirus issues.
    • Each type of local public health agency in NC must have a director, who serves as the administrative head of the agency and exercises legal powers and duties prescribed by law. In Buncombe County, where there is a consolidated health and human services agency, the health director reports to the BCHHS Department Director. The director of a county health department, a district health department, or a public health authority must meet minimum education and experience requirements that are set out in state law. In general, the director must have education and experience in medicine, public health, or public administration related to health. This website lists some of the powers and duties of a local health director:
    • Medical directors are physicians designated in public health agencies in NC to have oversight of clinical operations, review and sign clinic policies and standing orders, and provide medical consultation to the health director or others within their agency and local government. They also are often the conduit through which information passes from national, state and local public health agencies to local healthcare providers.
    • As it relates to COVID-19, the local health director has legal authority to issue isolation and quarantine orders and is instrumental in the COVID-19 response, serving as the incident commander in the Incident Command Structure (ICS). This position is critical from a relational perspective and is able to leverage key resources throughout the community to assist with contact tracing, isolation and quarantine, testing, and other healthcare and public health preparedness response mechanisms.
  • What information has Buncombe County received from the Red Cross regarding recent COVID-19 antibody testing of blood donors? How many samples have been tested, what is the prevalence of antibodies in those tested, and have there been any notable demographic trends in that data?
    • Antibody testing is not reportable. You will need to speak with the Red Cross about these results.
  • What is the current COVID-19 caseload at Mission Hospital? What percentage of Mission’s ICU beds is currently occupied?
    • Questions for Mission should be directed to that organization.
  • What conversations have Buncombe officials had with Mission Hospital about accepting overflow COVID-19 cases from other parts of the state?
    • Please check with Mission on the possibility of this as we are not aware of these details.


Stacey Wood

Communications Team | Public Information Officer

Buncombe County Health & Human Services

Media Line:   (828) 775-1321

Media Email: [email protected]

Weaverville ABC Board – Notice of Special Called Meeting

Weaverville ABC Board Notice of Special Called Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Weaverville ABC Board will hold a special called meeting on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at 10:00 am in the Community Room at Town Hall, 30 South Main Street, Weaverville, NC. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and take action on the following:

Final Amendments to the FY 2019-2020 Budget

In compliance with the Buncombe County Local State of Emergency Declaration that prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people in Buncombe County, attendance by the public may be limited and social distancing and face coverings during the meeting may be required in compliance with any applicable Governor’s Executive Order.

Action at this meeting may be taken.

Rob Chason, Board Chairman

June 30, 2020




Governor Cooper Order regarding Extension of Phase 2 and Mandatory Requirement for Face Coverings

June 24, 2020

Governor Cooper announced today that there will be a mandatory requirement for face coverings and that the State will remain in Phase 2 until July 17, 2020.  Please see below links for Executive Order 147 and the FAQs for EO 147.



The State of North Carolina, Buncombe County and the Town of Weaverville have all declared States of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.  Because of the risks to the public that would arise from in-person meetings, the Town’s regular meeting on June 22, 2020, will be conducted via remote electronic format.

This NOTICE OF REMOTE ELECTRONIC MEETING is to inform the public that the

Weaverville Town Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. as an electronic video/audio meeting via Zoom Meeting. Access to the meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. The instructions to access this public meeting are:

To join the meeting by computer, go to this link: . You may be asked for permission to access your computer’s video and audio. If so, click “allow.” You will then be asked for the Meeting ID which is: 891 6065 0474

To join the meeting by phone, call: (253)215-8782 or (301)715-8592 You will then be asked for the Meeting ID which is: 891 6065 0474

To view a recording of the meeting, please visit the Town’s website at . A recording of the meeting will be posted to the Town’s website for public viewing within 24 hours of the meeting.

General Public Comments – On a temporary basis, general public comments must be submitted in advance of the meeting.  Comments are limited to no more than 450 words and must observe normal rules of decorum. Only comments that are timely received will be read into the record during the public comment period. Public comments can be submitted as follows:

By emailing to [email protected]  at least 6 hours prior to the meeting

By putting your written comment in a drop box at Town Hall (located at front entrance and back parking lot) at least 6 hours prior to the meeting

By mailing your written comment (must be received not later than Monday’s mail delivery) to: Town of Weaverville, PO Box 338, Weaverville, NC, 28787, Attn: Public Comments

For questions or additional assistance in how to participate in this meeting or in providing public comments, please call (828)645-7116.

Allan P. Root, Mayor