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Buncombe County’s COVID-19 Numbers Soar for Thanksgiving Holiday

Stacie Saunders, Buncombe County Director of Public Health, will update county commissioners on COVID-19 in the county Nov. 16.

The slow and steady decline in new COVID-19 cases has stalled in Buncombe County, as new cases hit the county plateau just before the holiday season.

Public Health Director Stacie Saunders said in an update to the county board of commissioners on Nov. 16 that the county’s COVID-19 statistics have unfortunately not improved since her last update two weeks earlier.

“We are experiencing a very high level of our cases,” she said.

Cases in the county have climbed over the past week, Saunders showed, while transmission remained high, as it has across the state and much of the country.

“That’s not exactly where we want to be as we head into the big holidays,” she said.

The 2020 holiday season resulted in the highest peak of cases for North Carolina at any time in the COVID-19 pandemic, when the number of cases reached 9 statewide on January 11,581.