Buncombe County shares COVID-19 update

Press release from Buncombe County:

As of Jan. 12, 2021, Buncombe County Health and Human Services is currently seeing about 138 new COVID-19 cases per day. Our current rate is 400 new cases per 100,000 per week. This is a 4.7% increase from the week prior.

The percent positivity, while at a slower rate than weeks prior, continues to rise. The current percent positivity is 11.4%. Increasing new cases per 100,000 per week and percent positivity are indicators of continued widespread community transmission.

Buncombe County Metrics

Buncombe County’s COVID-19 metrics on Jan. 12, 2021. Courtesy of Buncombe County


NCDHHS determines the vaccine allocation to counties. Currently, vaccine supply remains low. We will alert our community of available appointments as more vaccine is received. As a point of clarification, while Buncombe County is capable of administering 4,000 vaccines a week at the current site, the supply of vaccine is not yet matching that capacity. Vaccine supply to the county is still low and variable. Currently, only hospitals and local health departments are receiving vaccine in Buncombe County.

Currently, all available appointments for vaccines have been scheduled. Community members can receive information about vaccination phases, available appointments, and how to schedule appointments by signing up for the COVID-19 email newsletter at buncombeready.org. Community members can also receive alerts to their phones by texting BCalert to 888-777.

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