WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week Of June 14

Jun 14, 2021

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

(6/18 11:00 a.m.) Today, Macon County Public Health Department will close its COVID Call Center.

“This is not the end of our push to have Macon County residents vaccinated against this deadly virus, but we are beginning to incorporate our COVID-19 response with the important work we do every day,” said Kathy McGaha, Macon County health director.

Anyone who wishes to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or needs to tested for COVID-19 can call the Macon County Health Department directly at 828-349-2081.


(6/1 1:00 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 1,009,893 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 362 cases from the day before.  485 are currently hospitalized statewide, a decrease of 10 from the day before.  13,320 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 6 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 52,131 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 901 deaths. That's an increase of 1 case and 0 deaths from the day before.

(6/16 12:30 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 1,009,531 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 333 cases from the day before.  495 are currently hospitalized statewide, a decrease of 30 from the day before.  13,314 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 18 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 52,130 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 901 deaths. That's an increase of 11 cases and 0 deaths from the day before.

(6/15 12:30 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 1,009,198 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 272 cases from the day before.  510 are currently hospitalized statewide, an increase of 30 from the day before.  13,296 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 4 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 52,119 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 901 deaths. That's an increase of 20 cases and 0 deaths from the day before.

(6/14 12:30 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 1,008,926 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,228 cases from Friday.  480 are currently hospitalized statewide, a decrease of 55 from Friday.  13,292 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 27 from Friday.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 52,099 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 901 deaths. That's an increase of 44 cases and 5 deaths from Friday.

(6/14 9:00 a.m.) Mask requirements at the Buncombe County courthouse were relaxed over the weekend.  Effective this previous Saturday Jube 12, face coverings are no longer required for all individuals admitted to Buncombe County court facilities 'unless otherwise directed by a judicial officer.'  Judges still have discretion on whether face coverings are to be worn in their individual courtrooms.