BREAKING: Buncombe County Shutting Down for COVID-19

There won't be much to do this weekend in Buncombe County after a new Declaration of Emergency went into effect Thursday afternoon.

Buncombe County Emergency Preparedness Director, Fletcher Tove, said the order mandates the closure specific businesses including gyms, spas, fitness centers, theaters, arcades, and live event venues.

The order does not include grocery stores, convenience stores, hardware stores, shopping malls, farmers markets or place where prepared foods are sold.

Within that order it also mandates that people should not be in groups larger than 10, which is a stricter guideline than the one laid out by the state.

All of Buncombe County and it's 6 municipalities are included in the Declaration.


There is still only one case associated with Buncombe county and that patient is self isolated in Macon County.

Testing numbers have been going up, through yesterday there have been nearly 500 tests taken in the County. Results from those tests will take several days.

There are 97 cases total across the state of North Carolina.

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