ASHEVILLE, NC – May 3, 2023 – The CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels describe the impact of COVID illness on each county’s healthcare system. The community level for Buncombe County remains at a low level for the week ending April 24th. Every county in North Carolina and almost all of the counties in the U.S. are at a low level.
The CDC’s Community Transmission Levels describe how much disease is in each county. The transmission level for Buncombe County and most counties in North Carolina are at a moderate level for the week ending April 23rd. Less than 20% of the counties in the U.S. are at a high level and about 20% at a low level.
The Buncombe County COVID-19 metrics are on the North Carolina COVID Dashboard. Data from the week ending on April 22nd indicate:
- Last week’s total cases are down from the previous week
- The seven-day daily average of COVID-19 hospitalizations and of ICU patients has decreased from last week.
The Department of Health and Human Services recommends:
- Getting tested if you have any COVID symptoms
- Staying home if you are positive for COVID or do not feel well
For a county at a low community level, like Buncombe County, the CDC recommends:
- If you are at high risk for getting sick, wear a high-quality mask in a public indoors space.
- If you plan on being with someone at high risk for getting sick, consider self-testing for COVID-19 infection and wear a high-quality mask when indoors with them.
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