Corona Virus Update

  Currently There Are 75 active reported Cases of Corona virus in Avery County as of 10/22/2021
( up 8 from last week 10/15/2021)
(Beginning 10/08/20 this information will only be updated once a week)
(2722) Cases Of Corona Virus Have Been Documented In Avery County 2166 community cases and
556 congregate cases, 2614 Have Recovered, and 33 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
Month of January -257 active1494 total cases documented
Month of February -306 active 1800 total cases documented 
Month of March- 157 active 1957 total cases documented
Month of April-157 active 2114 total cases documented
Month of May-37 active 2151 total cases documented
Month of June -13 active 2164 total cases documented
Month of July- 31 active 2195 total cases documented
Month of August -152 active 2347 total cases documented
Month of September -230 active 2577 total cases documented

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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.

For the latest updates click here for the NCDHHS state web site, for information. 

Health officials continue to 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 all regular services as soon as possible. 

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Update 7/30/2021
Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. announced that state government would begin verifying vaccination status of its workers. Employees not vaccinated are required to wear a mask and be tested at least once a week. Today’s announcement comes as North Carolina’s latest upswing in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is driven by unvaccinated North Carolinians.

“Until more people get the vaccine, we will continue living with the very real threat of serious disease, and we will continue to see more dangerous and contagious variants like Delta,” said Governor Cooper.
Click Here for the FAQ Document

Update 6/29/2021
Declaration Of A Local State Of Emergency - This is an update of the original Emergency Ordinance

Update 5/14/2021
Today, Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. shared an update on the state’s COVID-19 progress. Following yesterday’s guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that fully vaccinated individuals can safely do most activities without wearing a mask or the need to social distance from others, the state will remove its indoor mask mandate for most settings. Additionally, the state will lift all mass gathering limits and social distancing requirements. These changes are now in effect as of 1:30 PM today.
Click Here for the FAQ Document

Update 5/14/2021
Avery County governmental offices are now open, except the senior center they will resume regular services soon.

Senior Center Schedule

The Avery County Senior Center will continue offering Drive-Thru Meal Service at the Center.; 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

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!! []
NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery for Small Business Website 
New Grant Program Accepting Applications to Help Businesses and Nonprofits Hurt by COVID-19