ASHEVILLE, NC – July 27, 2022 – The CDC reports that the risk level for Buncombe County is medium for the week ending July 21st. For a community at a medium risk level, the CDC recommends:
- Wear a mask on public transportation.
- 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 July 16th indicate:
- There have been 199 cases per 100,000 residents in the last 7 days up from 192 cases from the previous week.
- 66% of the total population have received their full primary vaccination series. This is unchanged for over 4 months.
- 65% of people with their full primary vaccination series have had at least one booster. This is unchanged over the past 2 weeks.
- The seven-day daily average of COVID-19 hospitalizations is 58 and has increased by 9% since last week and of ICU patients is 7 and unchanged since the previous week.
- Wastewater surveillance may provide an early warning before individual testing shows that COVID-19 is spreading. The state dashboard reports that the 15-day rate of change of viral load for the Metropolitan Sewer District for Buncombe County is severely increasing for the time period ending July 13th. The CDC website reports mildly decreasing for the time period ending July 18th.
The Department of Health and Human Services recommends:
- Get vaccinated and boosted when eligible.
- People with any COVID symptoms or exposure to someone with COVID 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.
Save your face masks:
- The risk level may rise with a new variant
- A person at high risk for severe illness should speak with their health care provider
- Mask wearing is recommended for persons with a positive test, having symptoms, or exposure to someone with COVID-19
- Effective May 4, 2022, the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services and the CDC recommend wearing masks in health care and long-term care settings. The N95 or KN95 mask offers the best protection. Wear a mask that is well-fitting.
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Contact: Dick Needleman, Health reporter, 103.3 AshevilleFM, email@example.com