Corona Virus Update
Currently There Are 203 active reported Cases of Corona virus in Avery County as of 1/13/2021
(Beginning 10/08/20 this information will only be updated once a week)
139 active community cases and 64 active in the Avery-Mitchell and Mountain View Correctional Facilities.
(1893 Cases Of Corona Virus Have Been Documented In Avery County 1376 community cases and
517 congregate cases, 1669 Have Recovered, and 21 Death's)
Month of August - 38 active 249 total community cases documented
Month of September- 76 active 325 total community cases documented
Month of October -126 active 451 total community cases documented
Month of November-424 active 875 total community cases documented
Month of December-362 active 1237 total cases documented
Week of January 6th-84 active 1321 total cases documented
Avery County Government would like to share that Avery County Emergency Management and the Health Department are working with local officials, Cannon Hospital, Avery County School System, 911 Communications, EMS Ambulance Services, and fire and rescue to ensure and protect the health and well-being of Avery County citizens.
Health officials encourage good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene. These are the best preventive measures for this virus. These include covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands frequently with soap and water, staying home when you feel sick or when you have a fever and cleaning surfaces with sanitizing cleaners.
The County of Avery's top priority is and always will be the safety and security of the county while providing the best service available. While it has been necessary to make some changes to the county's services please know that we will resume our regular services as soon as possible.
TOGETHER WE ARE THANKFUL FOR...
Declaration Of A Local State Of Emergency - This is an update of the original Emergency Ordinance
Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen today announced that North Carolina will begin a Modified Stay at Home Order after a rapid increase in North Carolina’s key COVID-19 trends. The Order requires people to stay at home between 10 pm and 5 am and takes effect Friday, December 11 and will be in place until at least January 8, 2021. Click Here for the FAQ Document
Governor Cooper issued additional COVID-19 safety measures to tighten face mask requirments. Executive order No. 180 goes into effect on Wednesday Nov 25 and runs through Friday Dec 11. Please click here for the FAQ document.
Today, Governor Cooper announced that we will be extending Phase 3 through December, 4th, 2020. The only change to Phase 3 is the indoor mass gathering limit, lowering from 25 to 10 people Please click here for the FAQ document.
Governor Cooper announced starting on Friday, October 2nd at 5:00pm, North Carolina will move to Phase 3
NC Governor Phase 3 FAQ
COVID 19 Guidance For Farmers And Tree Growers
CDC Recommendations on Face Masks and Coronavirus Prevention
NCDHHS COVID-19 Guía para trabajadores agrícolas migrantes, sus empleadores y proveedores de vivienda
I Avery County Courthouse services are now open, for questions please call:
Clerk of Court (828) 737-6700
District Attorney (828) 733-6710
Inspections Department (828) 733-8204
Juvenile Services (828) 733-9524
Register of Deeds (828) 733-8260
Tax Office (828) 733-8214
Avery DSS Schedule
Avery County DSS will be closed to the public, however, applications are available in the Main Hallway for programs.
A Drop Box will be available to return applications/verifications to the agency.
Interviews will be conducted by telephone with a signed application.
You may also apply online for Medicaid and Food & Nutrition benefits at https://epass.nc.gov/CitizenPortal/application.do
Our main # is 733-8230. If you would like an application mailed to you, we will be happy to do so. Thank you for your understanding during this time while we try to protect our staff and our citizens of Avery County.
Senior Center Schedule
The Avery County Senior Center will begin offering Drive-Thru Meal Service at the Center on Tuesday, March 17; Clients can drive to the side door of the dining area and pick up a hot meal. Clients must be registered to receive meal, and are asked to call and RSVP (not required) to help with headcount. Home delivered meals will continue as scheduled. For more information, call 828-733-8220
Other Departments Schedules
Avery County Transportation will run vans at this time, pending decision by upper levels of management.
Attendants at the Solid Waste Collection Sites will not aid in the removal of household waste items from vehicles until further notice.
The Avery County Parks & Rec Rock Gym is open by reservations only. Call 733-8266
Filing For Unemployment Insurance Benefits Due To COVID-19
Resources for Small Business and Business Owners
This is a link to an adobe document from the office of NC Senator Thom Tillis.
Reboot Your Small Business During COVID-19
Avery County Chamber Of Commerce Disaster Relief Information
New website available from VISIT NC and others to assist in the re-opening of hospitality type business and industry for North Carolina. Please share with any and all. Spread the word!! https://countonmenc.org/ [countonmenc.org]
NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery for Small Business Website
New Grant Program Accepting Applications to Help Businesses and Nonprofits Hurt by COVID-19