Title: Buncombe County Records Steepest COVID-19 Surge Since December
Buncombe County, NC: The steady rise of COVID-19 cases in Buncombe County over the past few weeks has prompted health officials to sound the alarm. According to the latest data from the Metropolitan Sewer District, COVID-19 levels in the county have reached their highest point since December.
Despite being categorized in the “green zone” for hospital admissions, with low hospitalizations in the western part of the state, officials remain concerned about the potential strain on the local healthcare system. Buncombe County Public Health Director, Dr. Ellis Matheson, emphasizes the importance of staying vigilant and taking necessary precautions to curb the spread of the virus.
Urging the community to remain up to date with vaccines, Dr. Matheson also encourages residents to get tested if they experience any symptoms or believe they may have come into contact with an infected individual. Basic prevention measures such as mask-wearing, hand hygiene, and maintaining social distance are vital in reducing transmission rates.
As cases surge, local pharmacies are grappling with a shortage of COVID-19 tests due to the skyrocketing demand. To address this issue, Buncombe County authorities have made arrangements for free rapid tests at various locations in Asheville. However, residents are advised to call these locations before visiting to ensure availability.
To obtain additional information regarding Buncombe County’s healthcare situation and the ongoing testing facilities, readers can reach out to Mitchell Black, the dedicated reporter covering Buncombe County and healthcare for the Citizen Times.
With the pandemic’s third wave hitting communities nationwide, Buncombe County residents need to exercise caution and remain proactive in stemming the spread of COVID-19. By following the advice of health officials and taking responsibility for their own well-being, the community can work together to overcome this challenging period.