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Monday, November 23, 2020

Yancey Co Numbers (Courtesy Yancey Co Health Dept)
as of 11/23/2020 at 4:18 PM

New positives - 23
New recovered - 10
New Deaths - 0
Total Positives - 539
Total Recovered - 448
Total Deaths - 3
Total Active - 88

  • Of the 15 reporting days in November, the number of active cases has increased nine of those days
  • On the first reporting day of the month (2NOV) the total active cases was 37. Today the total active cases have increased by 42% to 88
  • Since August, the average number of active cases on any given day has increased almost five times and the average number of total active cases has more than doubled 

NC SERT Leader Update

Governor Cooper issued Executive Order No. 180, which extends Phase 3 capacity limits and safety requirements and tightens the existing statewide mask requirement. The Order begins Wednesday 25 Nov. and runs through Friday 11 Dec.

Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, provided an overview of our increasing key trends and metrics, including an updated County Alert System map. The map shows 10 more counties designated as being critically high levels of community spread. We now have 20 red counties and 42 orange counties. We respectfully urge those of you in local government, especially those in red and orange hotspots, to continue to enforce strong safety rules. Communities in yellow counties do not get a pass either; they also need to continue working hard to slow the spread.

NCDHHS Web Updates on the C19 Pandemic: 

Friday, November 20, 2020

Yancey Co Numbers (Courtesy Yancey Co Health Dept)
New positives - 7
New recovered - 5
New Deaths - 0
Total Positives - 516
Total Recovered - 438
Total Deaths - 3
Total Active - 75


Demographic Data for COVID-19 Cases: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today further expanded the demographic data for North Carolina COVID-19 cases on the NC COVID-19 Dashboard. Demographic data for COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and total deaths by week are available by age group, gender, race and ethnicity for the state. In addition, demographic data on deaths is available by county. The new information will be displayed on the Case Demographics page on the dashboard and will be updated weekly on Mondays. Demographic data previously shown on the Cases page will be displayed on the Cases Demographics page going forward. 
Education Corps to Support to K-12 Schools During COVID-19: Starting in January, students across the state will benefit from the NC Education Corps, a new partnership between the North Carolina State Board of Education, the Office of the Governor, local school systems and the N.C. Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. Education Corps members will provide emergency relief to public schools by employing talented community members — including current college students and recent graduates experiencing financial strain or loss of employment — to provide wraparound services to K-12 students across NC.

FEMA COVID-19 Pandemic Vaccination Planning FAQ: The attached FEMA FAQ provides information on eligible work and costs of delivering and administering COVID-19 vaccination under the FEMA Public Assistance grant program, as well as the resources the federal government will provide to support state, local, territorial, and tribal governments in order to effectively deliver and administer vaccinations. If you have any questions about this document, please have your staff contact Saidat Thomas, Public Assistance Branch Chief, Region IV, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Yancey Co Numbers (Courtesy Yancey Co Health Dept)

New positives - 9
New recovered - 5
New Deaths - 0
Total Positives - 509
Total Recovered - 433
Total Deaths - 3
Total Active - 73

 Local Updates
**Clarification on my note yesterday for MCHP**

Mountain Community Health Partnership

  • RAPID Antigen and PCR (sent out to lab) Test Drive Through
  • Schools and some employers and some states (for travel) require the PCR test. MCHP can provide either the rapid or PCR.
  • Pensacola Rd behind Smokey Ridge Health & Rehab
  • Mom, Tues, Thurs, Fri from 1-4 pm
  • Testing by appointment only. Please call Celo Health Center at 675-4116 or Bakersville Community Health Center at 688-2104 to book your appointment.

NC SERT Leader Update
​North Carolina’s number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise in the last several days, increasing daily with the NC Department of Health and Human Services reporting the state’s highest one-day number of 4,296 new cases. There has also been an increase in the number of hospitalizations and people seen in the emergency room, as shown in the weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Summary report. We must all do better by practicing the 3Ws, wearing a mask, waiting 6-feet apart and washing our hands. These simple steps can really help to stem the tide. Please continue to push this message out to those in your communities.

COVID-19 Leads to Telehealth Increase: The Bipartisan Policy Center reports that COVID-19 has led to an increase in the use of telehealth, pushing Congress to reduce regulatory barriers to these services. In rural communities, these services have been critical to receiving adequate care long before the pandemic started. BPC’s Rural Health Task Force released a report earlier this year, Confronting Rural America’s Health Care Crisis, that includes recommendations to expand telehealth services permanently in rural areas and increase access to broadband.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

 Yancey Co Numbers (Courtesy Yancey Co Health Dept)
as of 11/18/2020 at 4:17 PM

New positives - 17
New recovered - 10
New Deaths - 0
Total Positives - 500 (On Monday a positive case was counted twice. Todays total reflects that correction)
Total Recovered - 428
Total Deaths - 3
Total Active - 69

NC SERT Leader Update
North Carolina Expands Pre-Thanksgiving No-Cost COVID-19: This weekend, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is offering more than 120 no-cost COVID-19 community testing events, including new locations in partnership with retailers to help North Carolinians protect themselves, their loved ones, and their communities as they prepare for Thanksgiving.

Steps to Celebrating Thanksgiving Safely in COVID-19: The number of COVID-19 cases breaking records statewide and across the country, it is on each of us to make sure we celebrate safely. While the urge to visit family and friends is strong, the safest thing to do for our loved ones is to limit travel and either safely scale back large family gatherings or avoid getting together in person. If you plan to celebrate, review the attached flyer and check out the guidance
on ways to celebrate safely developed by the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

Reimbursement Funding for COVID-Related Food Relief: The Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities Program in partnership with and the NCDHHS’s Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the NC Pandemic Recovery Office will disburse funding for the reimbursement of COVID-related food relief. North Carolina communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic will have access to $5 million in grants to help address food insecurity needs. Livingstone College is providing the reimbursements for COVID-related food relief activities between March 1, 2020 and November 12, 2020 ranging from $2,500 to $40,000. See attached for more information and important requirements.

 Coronavirus Food Assistance Program: The US Department of Agriculture is providing critical support to our nation’s farmers and ranchers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2). CFAP 2 provides vital financial assistance to agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for CFAP 2 through December 11, 2020. Who is Eligible? Producers (persons or legal entities) of specified agricultural commodities who face continuing market disruptions and significant marketing costs are eligible for CFAP 2 payments. More information attached.

 Long Term Care Facility COVID-19 Guidance: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Nursing Home Resource Center
. The Resource Center provides a centralized hub including the latest COVID-19 information, guidance, and data. Additionally, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued respiratory protection guidance for the employers of those working in long-term care facilities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance covers appropriate face coverings and strategies for use in long-term care facilities.


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Yancey Co Numbers (Courtesy Yancey Co Health Dept)
as of 11/17/2020 at 4:50 PM

New positives - 9
New recovered - 6
New Deaths - 0
Total Positives - 484
Total Recovered - 418
Total Deaths - 3
Total Active - 63

NC SERT Leader Update
​North Carolina Introduces COVID-19 County Alert System: Governor Roy Cooper and Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services announced a new COVID-19 County Alert System to pinpoint counties with the highest levels of viral spread and offer specific recommendations to bring numbers down. This system will help give local leaders another tool to understand how their county is faring and to make decisions about actions to slow viral spread. The map will be updated every four weeks.

NCDHHS Web Updates on the C19 Pandemic:

Monday, November 16, 2020

Yancey County Numbers (Courtesy Yancey Co Health Dept)
as of 11/16/2020 at 5:10 PM

New positives - 34
New recovered - 22
New Deaths - 0
Total Positives - 475
Total Recovered - 412
Total Deaths - 3
Total Active - 60

 NC SERT Leader update
COVID-19 Case Count for 11/16/2020: We are now at 314,207 cases in North Carolina. There are 1,424 people hospitalized with COVID-19. We have 4,814 confirmed deaths for North Carolina. There have been 4,644,683 completed tests.

There are 276,132 people presumed recovered as of 16 November 2020. It is important to remember this calculation is a rough estimate, and is updated each Monday.

The full data dashboard with all of our metrics and reports is available here: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard

 NCDHHS Web Updates on the C19 Pandemic:


Special Needs Concerns

NCEM Guidance on considerations of people with disabilities and other access and functional needs for COVID-19 (audience is emergency planners)

Information from North Carolina Dept. of Health and Human Services on COVID-19

Autism Society of NC 

5 Things to Know about Coronavirus and People with Disabilities (Forbes, 3/8/20) 

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) 

 Rocky Mountain ADA blog 

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