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National association touts Henderson County's COVID-19 response

Henderson County's quick effort to set up a free remote COVID-19 screening site was profiled in County News, the website of the National Association of Counties.


County Manager Steve Wyatt described the cooperative effort of the Board of Commissioners, public health department, Pardee UNC Health, Blue Ridge Community College, EMS and other first responders to quickly set up the site at BRCC on Sunday, March 15, one day after Wyatt declared a state of emergency in the county.

Under the headline "Coronavirus: Counties find solutions to monitor symptoms, test for cases," the story used Henderson County as the lead example of counties responding to the COVID-19 emergency.

“It’s easy, quick, it’s painless, it’s no charge,” Wyatt told a County News reporter. “We’re able to process a lot of folks quickly without exposing others.” 

The service has since been suspended because Pardee and the health department are now conserving test kits for the most critical cases.