Orders and directives issued in response to the COVID-19 can be found here.
NC is currently providing vaccinations to individuals in Group 1: Health care workers & Long-Term Care staff and residents. Providers have also begun vaccinating individuals in Group 2: Anyone 65 years or older, regardless of health status or living situation. View the NCDHHS Dashboard.
Click here to see Buncombe County's most recent metrics.
Buncombe County will be using an emergency notification system to let people know when COVID vaccine appointments are available. Text BCALERT on your smart phone to 888-777 to receive alerts.
Visit the Find My Testing Place website to find a clinic or pop up testing site near you.
Buncombe County Health & Human Services has launched a COVID-19 wait list for individuals in the first two phases of the state’s vaccination priority list: adults 65 and older and all health care workers. Individuals can sign up for the wait list by calling 828-250-5000 or by going to www.buncombeready.org. As vaccines are received from the state, representatives from the Ready Team will contact individuals on the wait list via phone and email to schedule their appointments. This is a different process from scheduling appointments to date, and BCHHS will no longer open up appointments for direct scheduling by the public.
Vaccine supplies remain much lower than demand, so wait list opportunities are only available at this time to those active groups identified by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). As new phases become active, those wait lists will be opened up. s.
Help Buying Food
If you already receive help buying food through Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), NCDHHS has received permission to enhance benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more. Additionally, participants will be able to purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards at authorized online EBT retailers. Call the EBT Call Center at 1-888-622-7328.
If you have a total income that falls below the gross income limits for your household size, you may be eligible for help buying food through FNS. See if you're eligible.
If you need immediate help buying food, call 2-1-1. Parents who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877.
Children who receive free or reduced lunch or attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school will be automatically enrolled for a benefit of $257 per child through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program.
The NC Division of Employment Security has information for people filing for unemployment.
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