Throughout the wake of COVID-19 and practicing social distancing, information and resources will be posted here under “What You Need to Know: COVID-19 in Buncombe County”
According to the NC Department of Health and Human Services, there have been 2,585 lab-tested cases of COVID-19 in the state, as of 11 a.m. April 5.
In Buncombe County, officials released an updated case count of 31 residents diagnosed with the virus on April 2 at noon. There have been no new cases in visitors to Buncombe County.
As of April 3, the CDC suggests that cloth face coverings should be worn in any public setting where other social distancing measures may be difficult to maintain – like grocery stores, pharmacies and workplaces – to further prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The state has confirmed 31 deaths across NC, including one each in Cherokee County and Buncombe County.
According to the official state tally, 271 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized across North Carolina as of April 4. But that number only includes patients who have tested positive for the disease.
As of April 6, Asheville Sanitation has implemented the following precautions to protect City workers from potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus and to ensure continuity of regular curbside trash collection for the duration of the pandemic.
- Curbside trash and recycling collection will continue as scheduled.
- All trash in green carts must be bagged.
- All recycling in blue carts should remain loose and un-bagged.
- Brush collection will continue to be postponed.
- Sanitation will continue to provide a limited collection of large piles with a claw truck in an effort to minimize obstructions.
- Bulky trash collection will be limited to only large items that can be collected with the claw truck.
- Bulky items must be placed in an area accessible to the claw truck.
- Please avoid blocking sidewalks with refuse.
- Please ensure that any containers, bags, or piles of brush are not obstructing sidewalks or traffic.
- Sanitation is unable to collect extra bags or boxes of loose trash material.
- Households that are regularly generating more trash than can fit in one cart are asked to request an extra trash cart by calling 828-251-1122.
Sign up for Sanitation service alerts at ashevillenc.gov/AVLcollects. Or download the AVL Collects app.