Exposure and Symptoms
Statewide COVID-19 Case Count Updates
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Federal, State, and Local Government
Get the latest on the state’s response to COVID-19. Text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive regular alerts on the rapidly evolving situation and North Carolina’s response.
Buncombe County and Asheville City
Buncombe County and Asheville City have been monitoring Coronavirus/COVID-19 since it was first announced as a potential threat. The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. As such, our Public Health department is partnering with the NC Department of Health and Human Services, health care providers, and first responders to watch and respond to this evolving situation. For people who have questions about COVID-19 in Buncombe County, please call (828) 250-5300 or visit https://www.buncombecounty.org/covid-19/default.aspx
Social Services and Nonprofits
One of the key non-profit organizations addressing poverty, hunger, homelessness and access to health care for the under-served in Buncombe County, serving annually around 21, 764, or 1 in 12 persons in 2019.
United Way 211
Text COVIDNC to 898-211 to sign up for announcements and updates.
Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 to get connected to resources.
Available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Manna Food Bank
MANNA FoodBank staff is working with county and state government agencies, Feeding the Carolinas, Feeding America, and many other organizations to address the impact on Western North Carolina and the thousands of residents and families we serve. They will continue to keep the website updated with important and relevant information as they work to address the most acute issues coming out of this situation.
Red Cross of Western North Carolina
The American Red Cross Western North Carolina Chapter serves a population of more than 775 thousand people in the counties of Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey.
Food Assistance Hotline
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.
Hopeline NC Suicide Hotline CALL OR TEXT: 919-231-4525 | 1-877-235-4525
Helpmate: Domestic violence support and crisis response (828) 254-0516
Pisgah Legal: Free legal services for low-income individuals who need help with healthcare, housing, and abuse. Apply for services online or call (828) 253-0406 or toll free 1-800-489-6144.
Internet Service: In response to COVID-19, many North Carolina residents are being asked to work and learn remotely. The North Carolina Department of Information Technology has compiled a list of new and existing free or affordable service offerings.
Businesses and Employees
Asheville Grown Business Alliance
Supporting local businesses and workers is one thing each of us can do right now. Check this page for resources, key information, creative initiatives and contacts.
Asheville Chamber Resource Guide
As our community responds to COVID-19, our staff are monitoring the situation and working to bring you information and resources. Watch this page for news updates and emerging resources.
Asheville Strong Creatively support local business.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) granted Governor Roy Cooper’s request for a disaster declaration for small businesses that are suffering economic losses due to COVID-19. Affected businesses may apply for low interest SBA disaster loans.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov.
Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or 1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mountain BizWorks and its partners are taking steps to ensure business owners and entrepreneurs have the resources they need to get through the coronavirus crisis.
Important unemployment changes that will offer some help to workers who have lost jobs or hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
- No one week waiting period for workers;
- No requirement that a laid-off worker look for a new job;
- Applications can be made for compensation online or by phone; and
- Employers will not be held responsible for compensation paid as a result of COVID-19 layoffs.
Gov. Cooper has secured a federal disaster declaration. This will allow North Carolinians who don’t qualify for unemployment currently to apply for federal disaster unemployment assistance. Examples: independent contractors and temporary employees.
The North Carolina COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Lending program supports North Carolina small businesses and family farms as they recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. This rapid recovery loan helps small businesses bridge the gap between when crisis strikes and when federal loans, insurance payouts, and other relief funds are approved, or businesses have time to recover. NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery loans are not designed to be a singular source of assistance for small businesses. Repayment is expected either from more permanent funding sources or from the future cash flow of the business.
Tax filing day will move from April 15 to July 15.