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Covid-19 cases remain steady in county while climbing statewide

Henderson County continues to see a steady number of positive number of positive tests of Covid-19 each day, although the numbers do not signify a surge in cases.


Across North Carolina, cases and hospitalizations have been climbing in recent weeks, prompting Gov. Roy Cooper to announce Wednesday that North Carolina will remain paused in Phase 3 for three more weeks. Cooper underscored the importance of wearing masks, social distancing and using good judgment despite fatigue or frustration with the pandemic.

“As this pandemic continues, I know it’s difficult and tiring to keep up our guard, especially when we’re gathered with people we love,” he said. “But it’s necessary. No one wants to spread Covid-19 accidentally to friends or family, so we must keep prevention at the forefront.”

North Carolina reported 260,009 cases and 1,148 hospitalizations on Sunday.

Henderson County reported 2,369 cases and 67 deaths as of Wednesday, 57 of them associated with long-term care facilities. The county Department of Public Health reported that 1,914 people have recovered from the virus. The county reported 279 cases in the past 14 days, the state DHHS coronavirus dashboard said. Buncombe County had 425 cases, Transylvania County 48 and Polk County 35 in the same two-week span.

Henderson County saw its biggest spike in the number of positive tests for Covid-19 on July 6, with 76 cases. Other high days were 55 on July 14 and 62 on July 15. Since then, positive cases per day have hovered between the teens and mid 20s with a spike on Oct. 12, when 43 cases were reported.

Cooper urged North Carolinians to continue to wear masks to protect one another and help the state contain the virus so it could reopen.

“Wearing a mask shows you care about people,” he said. “Wearing a mask is an easy way to protect our communities and look out for each other. Confronting the virus head on and doing our part as individuals is good for our health and good for our economy.”