WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week Of Mar. 29

Mar 29, 2021

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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

(4/2 6:00 a.m.) Tonight’s football game between Asheville and Erwin High Schools has been postponed because of COVID-19 protocols.  The game will now be played Monday evening at 7 at Asheville High School.

(4/1 1:00 p.m.)  North Carolina has reported 916,159 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 2,027 cases from the day before.  985 are currently hospitalized statewide, an increase of 30 from the day before.  12,136 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 24 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina Counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 47,417 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 822 deaths. That's an increase of 97 confirmed cases and 5 deaths from the day before. 

(3/31 1:00 p.m.)  North Carolina has reported 914,132 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,929 cases from the day before.  955 are currently hospitalized statewide, an increase of 31 from the day before.  12,112 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 25 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina Counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 47,321 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 817 deaths. That's an increase of 81 confirmed cases and 1 death from the day before. 

(3/31 11:30 a.m.) Mars Hill University says it will offer the general public COVID-19 vaccines at on-campus clinic tomorrow.  It runs for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and those interested can sign-up at the university's website here.  The clinic will adminster Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

(3/31 11 a.m.)Retail, bank and other essential workers in North Carolina’s COVID-19 Vaccine Group-4 are now eligible for the shot, along with college students.  In Buncombe county, residents seeking a vaccine no longer have to get on a wait list.  County Health Director Stacie Saunders said Tuesday they have cleared the list and residents looking for an appointment may schedule their own by going to www.buncombeready.org or by calling 828-419-0095.

(3/30 1:00 p.m.)  North Carolina has reported 912,203 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,370 cases from the day before.  924 are currently hospitalized statewide, an increase of 51 from the day before.  12,087 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 2 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina Counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 47,240 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 816 deaths. That's an increase of 80 confirmed cases and 0 deaths from the day before. 

(3/29 1:00 p.m.)  North Carolina has reported 910,833 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 5,305 cases from Friday.  873 are currently hospitalized statewide, a decrease of 60 from Friday.  12,085 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 57 from Friday.  In the 13 North Carolina Counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 47,160 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 816 deaths. That's an increase of 274 confirmed cases and 5 deaths from Friday. 

(3/29 8:00 a.m.) Buncombe County schools and the county health and human services department report six confirmed cases of COVID-19 associated with Johnston Elementary School.  A press release says the affected areas at the school have been sanitized, and that classes and operations will continue as usual.