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WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week Of May 17

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Matt Bush
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Blue Ridge Public Radio

Do you have a question about the COVID vaccine?  We want to hear from you!  Record your question as a voice memo on your cell phone and email us at voices@bpr.org or use the "talk to us" feature on the free BPR mobile app.

Looking for information about where to get vaccinated near you?  Need to find a Pfizer vaccine for an adolescent or teen?  Find a vaccine near you https://myspot.nc.gov/

Need a ride?  NCDOT and NCDHHS have distributed funding to help pay for transportation. Check with your local transit agency for more details.  You can find your agency online  NC_public_transit.pdfOpen PDF

(5/21 2 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 995,754 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,020 cases from the day before.  763 are currently hospitalized statewide, a decrease of 30 from the day before.  12,958 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 8 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 51,603 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 879 deaths. That's an increase of 34 cases and 0 deaths from the day before.

(5/20 2 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 994,734 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,187 cases from the day before.  793 are currently hospitalized statewide, a decrease of 27 from the day before.  12,950 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 12 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 51,569 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 879 deaths. That's an increase of 64 cases and 0 deaths from the day before.

(5/19 4:00 p.m.)  ART buses in the city of Asheville will resume running at full capacity tomorrow for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.  Masks are still required to be worn by riders and drivers on buses and in all transit facilities under state and federal COVID-19 restrictions regarding public transportation.  Free masks will be offered to riders who do not have one.  ART will remain free until June 1st, when fares will start being charged again. 

(5/19 2 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 993,547 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 969 cases from the day before.  820 are currently hospitalized statewide, no change from the day before.  12,938 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 27 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 51,505 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 879 deaths. That's an increase of 44 cases and 2 deaths from the day before.

(5/18 2 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 992,578 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 622 cases from the day before.  820 are currently hospitalized statewide, an increase of 5 from the day before.  12,911 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 20 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 51,461 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 877 deaths. That's an increase of 36 cases and 0 deaths from the day before.

(5/18 12:00 p.m.) Western Carolina University’s on-campus COVID-19 vaccine clinic is now offering shots to those ages 12 and up.  The clinic is run of the school’s Health & Human Services building on Little Savannah Road in Cullowhee.  Appointments can be made at vaccine.wcu.edu.  Walk-in shots without an appointment can be received Fridays and Saturdays. 

(5/18 9:00 a.m.)  Capacity is increasing at McCormick Field for Asheville Tourist games following the end of nearly all COVID-19 restrictions in North Carolina.  The team announced that starting tonight capacity will rise to 50%, and on June 15th it will be 100%.  For the first home series last week, capacity was just 30%.  Fans must still wear masks at the team store which is indoors and in restrooms.  The Tourists start a six-game home series Tuesday night against Greenville at 6:35.

(5/17 2 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 991,956 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 2,618 cases since Friday.  815 are currently hospitalized statewide, a decrease of 111 since Friday.  12,891 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 29 since Friday.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 51,425 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 877 deaths. That's an increase of 137 cases and 1 additional death since Friday.