ASHEVILLE, NC – October 19, 2022 – The CDC reports that the community level for Buncombe County is low for the week ending October 10th. Most of North Carolina is low although 2 out of 100 counties are at a high community level. Most of the counties in the U.S. are at a low level with just over 2% of the counties at a high level. For a community at a low community level, the CDC recommends:
- You may choose to wear a mask at any time as an additional precaution to protect yourself and others.
- If you are at high risk for severe illness, consider wearing a mask indoors in public and take additional precautions.
The Buncombe County COVID-19 metrics are on the North Carolina COVID Dashboard. Data from the week ending on October 8th indicate:
- There have been 91 cases per 100,000 residents in the last 7 days up 3 cases from 88 cases the previous week.
- 67% of the total population have received their primary vaccination series. Unchanged the past 10 weeks.
- 13% of people 12 years old and over with their primary vaccination series have had the new bivalent booster.
- The seven-day daily average of COVID-19 hospitalizations is 36 and has decreased by 8 since last week, and of ICU patients is 4 and has decreased by 2 from the previous week.
The Department of Health and Human Services recommends:
- Stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.
- People with any COVID symptoms should get tested
- People who are positive for COVID-19 or do not feel well should stay home
Vaccination sites and testing sites can be located through the North Carolina and Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services.
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