WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week of Feb. 15

Feb 15, 2021

Looking for information about where to get vaccinated near you?  North Carolina Health News has a comprehensive listing of county vaccines sites, which will be updated often. Find it here.

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 


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(2/21 12:00 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 842,637 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 2,541 from the day before.  1,647 people are currently hospitalized, a decrease of 61 from the day before.  10,926 have died from COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 30 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 43,504 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 743 deaths, an increase of 128 cases and 3 deaths from the day before.

(2/20 12:00 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 840,096 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 3,446 from the day before.  1,708 people are currently hospitalized, a decrease of 72 from the day before.  10,896 have died from COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 76 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 43,376 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 740 deaths, an increase of 255 cases and 5 deaths from the day before.

(2/19 12:45 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 836,650 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 3,227 from the day before.  1,780 people are currently hospitalized, a decrease of 112 from the day before.  10,820 have died from COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 54 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 43,121 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 735 deaths, an increase of 184 cases and 8 deaths from the day before.

(2/18 12:45 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 833,423 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 3,916 from the day before.  1,892 people are currently hospitalized, a decrease of 62 from the day before. 10,766 have died from COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 96 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 42,937 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 727 deaths, an increase of 222 cases and 9 deaths from the day before.

(2/17 12:45 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 829,507 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 3,167 from the day before.  1,954 people are currently hospitalized, a decrease of 4 from the day before.  10,670 have died from COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 108 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 42,715 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 718 deaths, an increase of 142 cases and 12 deaths from the day before.

(2/17 11:45 a.m.) Henderson County Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine clinic at East Henderson High will operate on a 2-hour delay on Thursday, February 18th due to inclement weather. Anyone with an appointment is asked to arrive two hours later than their scheduled time. Anyone who needs to cancel their appointment is asked to call 828-585-4700.

(2/17 11 a.m.)  Macon County Public Health is rescheduling first dose vaccine appointments for Wednesday and Thursday because of a lack of doses due to weather-delayed COVID-19 shipments. The health department asked the public to “Please bear with us as we navigate through this unplanned obstacle,” in a statement via email.  

(2/16 6 p.m.) COVID vaccines will be set aside for school staff and childcare workers in Buncombe County when they become eligible for the shot under state guidelines beginning February 24th.   The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners agreed on a plan offered by the county health department that will allocate 975 doses each week for school and childcare personnel. The same amount will be reserved for  people 65 and older on the existing waitlist.   Buncombe County commission chair Brownie Newman called it a balanced approach, “I think the scenario sounds very positive in terms of being able to begin getting some vaccines to school employees made eligible by the state plan,   but also allowing us simultaneously  continue to  work through the group of older residents and the folks who are  on the waitlist.” Distribution details are still being worked out.  The hybrid  plan would continue when Phase-3 of the state rollout plan opens up to all essential workers on March 10. 

(2/16 12:30 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 826,340 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 1,988 from the day before.  1,958 people are currently hospitalized, an increase of 17 from the day before.  10,562 have died from COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 61 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 42,573 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 706 deaths, an increase of 114 cases and 0 deaths from the day before.

(2/16 9:30 a.m.)  The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is partnering with UNC Asheville to operate a COVID-19 immunization clinic on-campus starting later this week.  The clinic will operate out of the Reuter Center.  This week it will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weather permitting.  The clinic will operate through May.  The university says plans are in place to eventually be able to administer 300 vaccines a day at the clinic.  Only those with an appointment for a vaccination will be allowed to enter the clinic, and under current state guidelines that's people aged 65 and over and all healthcare workers.  To register for the vaccine waitlist, go to covid.mahec.net.

(2/15 12:00 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 824,352 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 2,458 from the day before.  1,941 people are currently hospitalized, a decrease of 48 from the day before.  10,501 have died from COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 10 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 42,459 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 706 deaths, an increase of 128 cases and 0 deaths from the day before.