WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week Of Feb. 22

Feb 22, 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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(2/27 12:30 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 858,548 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 2,643 from the day before.  1,414 people are currently hospitalized, a decrease of 51 from the day before.  11,212 have died from COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 26 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 44,513 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 773 deaths, an increase of 171 cases and 2 deaths from the day before.

(2/26 12:00 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 855,905 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 2,924 from the day before.  1,465 people are currently hospitalized, a decrease of 33 from the day before.  11,186 have died from COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 49 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 44,342 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 771 deaths, an increase of 183 cases and 2 deaths from the day before.

(2/25 1:00 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 852,981 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 3,351 from the day before.  1,498 people are currently hospitalized, a decrease of 32 from the day before.  11,137 have died from COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 63 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 44,159 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 769 deaths, an increase of 209 cases and 8 deaths from the day before.

(2/24 12:30 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 849,630 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 3,346 from the day before.  1,530 people are currently hospitalized, a decrease of 33 from the day before.  11,074 have died from COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 109 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 43,950 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 761 deaths, an increase of 237 cases and 15 deaths from the day before.

(2/23 4:30 p.m.) Educators, school staff and daycare workers will become eligible for the COVID vaccine on Wednesday under the state’s modified Phase-3 rollout plan.  Some counties are making accommodations m including Buncombe , which is reserving half of the weekly vaccine supply for educators and staff.  Buncombe county health director Stacey Saunders says school administrators are providing lists of employees who want the vaccine.   BCHHS schedulers will use those lists to schedule about 1,000 appointments each week for school staff. It will take several weeks to complete the lists. If a school employee misses the deadline to be placed on that list by their school administrator, they will then be directed to the Buncombe County wait list for Group 3 when it opens on March 10 to frontline essential workers. MAHEC has received vaccine doses and is partnering with the Buncombe Partnership for Children to identify childcare facility staff eligible for vaccine.  

(2/23 4 p.m.)  BCHHS is no longer offering COVID-19 testing. BCHHS worked with NC DHHS to establish a testing vendor StarMed. Visit the Find my Testing Place website or visit starmed.care to register for drive-through COVID-19 testing at the Buncombe County Sports Park. Individuals who are showing symptoms or believe they have had close contact to COVID-19 should get tested.

(2/23 1:30 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 846,284 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 1,514 from the day before.  1,563 people are currently hospitalized, a decrease of 4 from the day before.  10,965 have died from COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 31 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 43,713 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 746 deaths, an increase of 105 cases and 3 deaths from the day before.

(2/22 12:30 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 844,770 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 2,133 from the day before.  1,567 people are currently hospitalized, a decrease of 80 from the day before.  10,934 have died from COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 8 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 43,608 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 743 deaths, an increase of 104 cases and 0 deaths from the day before.