YanceyEmergencyServices   Yancey County Emergency Services COVID-19 Updates 


Thursday, August 13, 2020

Yancey County Numbers (Courtesy Yancey County Health Dept)

2 new positives
131 positive cases
104 recovered
26 actives
1 death 

NC SERT Leader Update (as of 12AUG)
Mask Protection Study during the C19 Pandemic: A group of researchers at Duke University created a simple technique to analyze the effectiveness of various types of masks, which have become a critical component in stopping the spread of the virus. Researchers tested 14 commonly available masks. First the test was performed with a speaker talking without wearing a mask. Next, while a speaker was wearing a mask. Each mask was tested 10 times. 

The most effective mask was the fitted N95. Three-layer surgical masks and cotton masks, which many people have been making at home, also performed well. Neck fleeces, also called gaiter masks and often used by runners, were the least effective and resulted in a higher number of respiratory droplets. The material seemed to break down larger droplets into smaller particles that are more easily carried away with air. Folded bandanas and knitted masks also performed poorly and did not offer much protection. {Duke Health}

COVID-19 Data Discrepancy Corrected: NCDHHS today announced corrections to the state’s daily and cumulative completed COVID-19 test counts after discovering a discrepancy between electronic and manual reporting of testing data that had been submitted by LabCorp. The LabCorp data error resulted in a higher count of total COVID-19 tests performed. The reporting error does NOT affect the key COVID-19 NC Dashboard trends North Carolina uses to monitor this pandemic, including the number of new positive cases and percent of tests that are positive. This error did not impact reporting of results to patients or doctors. Read more

$95.6 Million to Support Students Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic: Today, Governor Roy Cooper directed $95.6 million in new funding to help support K-12 and postsecondary students most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic who can benefit from support during the upcoming school year

COVID-19 Medical Supplies Made in America: On August 6, 2020, the President signed an Executive Order, “Ensuring Essential Medicines, Medical \Countermeasures, and Critical Inputs Are Made in the United States.” The Order’s purpose is to “reduce our dependence on foreign manufacturers” of medical products and their components and ensure a reliable long-term domestic production to minimize shortages.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Yancey County Numbers (Courtesy Yancey County Health Dept)

3 New Positives
23 Active Positives
2 Recovered

NC SERT Leader Update (as of 11AUG)

​Immunization deadline for schools extended (Attached)

​NCDHHS Updates:

COVID-19 Nonprofit Impacts: The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits partnered with the North Carolina Secretary of State’s office to survey more than 2,000 nonprofits about the impact of COVID-19. According to the report:

  •  88 percent of respondents say that the pandemic has affected their operations.
  • 74 percent of responding nonprofits say they lost revenue in the past three months.
  • 46 percent of survey respondents received Paycheck Protection Program loans, funding expired.

COVID-19 Affects Fundraising: As the pandemic continues the need for services nonprofits provide, especially human services organizations, increases, according to David Heinen, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy for NC Center for Nonprofits. However, COVID-19 has caused the cancelation of fund raising events such as walks and runs. Those who are able to contribute should reach out to nonprofits individually to find out specific needs, such as funding, donations or volunteers.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Yancey County Numbers (Courtesy Yancey County Health Dept)

6 New Positives
23 Active Positives
2 Recovered
Monday, August 10, 2020

Yancey County Numbers (Courtesy Yancey County Health Dept)

7 New Positives
19 Active Positives
2 Recovered

NC SERT Leader Updates as of Sunday, 9AUG2020

  • C19 Pandemic Briefings: All briefings can be viewed at https://www.unctv.org/coronavirus/
  • COVID-19 Wipeout: Clorox announced they might not be able to restock their wipes products in stores until 2021. They report that due to the upcoming cold and flu (season) and the pandemic likely being with us through 2020, it will take a year to get to supply levels necessary to meet demand. The company also reports its working to expand suppliers while manufacturing runs 24-7. Currently polyester spunlace is in short supply as it is a key ingredient in many wipes, personal protective equipment such as masks and medical gowns. Clorox is planning a huge increase in some of its other cleaning products, like liquid bleach, in the coming months. Some stores like Walmart are also offering an alert system that you can sign up for to see when wipes are available in stores.
  • NEW Schools Guidance- NCDHHS Instructions on How to Adjust Cloth Face Coverings Distributed to K-12 Students, Teachers and Staff (English, Spanish)
  • NEW Know Your Ws Zoom/Teams backgrounds available on the Know Your Ws page
  • NEW in Child Care guidance- Flyer to Promote Child Care Hotline for School-Age Children(Spanish)
  • As FYI, no new community testing sites were added
Wednesday, August 6, 2020

Yancey County Numbers (Courtesy Yancey County Health Dept)

3 New positives
13 Active Positives
2 Recovered

9-1-1 Outage for Tonight

  • Tonight should be the last night for maintenance work on the phone system for Yancey County.
  • Although the work is being done by Frontier, ANY phone, including cell phones, may lose service for two hours or longer​
  • All successful 9-1-1 calls will be rerouted to a neighboring county, but still be dispatched by Yancey County 9-1-1
  • Landlines provided by Frontier SHOULD work for local calls only. Long Distance will not work
  • Any cell tower that is serviced by the Frontier office will be out of service
  • If you have an emergency and cannot call 9-1-1 or the administrative line at 828-678-9463, you should go to your local fire department
Tuesday, August 5, 2020

Yancey County Numbers (Courtesy Yancey County Health Dept)

As of Tuesday, August 4th

5 New Positives
10 Active Positive (Total)
2 Recovered

As of Wednesday, August 5th

2 New Positives
12 Active Positive

Local Updates

​PATH COVID 19 Flyer in English and Spanish
Yancey EDC Jobs Grant Press Release

NC SERT Leader Updates

The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic also continues as we plan our recovery efforts. Despite flattening the curve, sadly, 2,000 North Carolinians have died from COVID-19, which means we need to continue the work of prevention so we can reopen safely. In an effort to continue trending in the right direction, Governor Cooper has ordered the state to stay paused Safer At Home, Phase 2, for 5 weeks, which would end on September 11, unless extended.

Phase 2 Extension FAQ's
Executive Order 155 - Extension of Phase 2

Monday, August 3, 2020
Yancey County Numbers (Courtesy Yancey County Health Dept)
2 New positives
7 Active positives
1 Recovere


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 

Our Location

 Our offices are located in the Yancey County Courthouse on the Burnsville Town Square

Yancey County Government
110 Town Square
Burnsville, NC 28714