COVID-19 Updates

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COVID-19 Testing Options

The new online tools are intended to help people know if they may need a test, how to get a test and how to monitor their own symptoms if advised to do sol. These tools include:   

  • Check My Symptoms (Comprobar Mis Síntomas) (, a public website that allows people to enter their symptoms to determine if they should consider getting tested for COVID-19. If a test is recommended, they will receive a link to a list of nearby testing sites via email or text.
  • Find My Testing Place (, a public website that allows people to enter their county or ZIP code and access a list of nearby testing site locations online. To view in Spanish, users can select Spanish in the yellow box. 
The following are additional local options for COVID-19 Testing:

1. Forest City Family Care on Allendale Drive

Times: Walk In Clinic M-F 8 am - 8 pm, Sat. 8 am - 6 pm.

Cost: varies based on insurance.

Results: 7-10 business days.

2. At Home Kit from Lab Corp:

Cost: varies based on insurance.

Results: 1-2 business days once Lab Corp receives your test kit.

3. Health Department:

Dates: Monday’s and Friday’s by appointment (289-1185).

Cost: Free.

Results: 4-5 business days.

4. Rutherford Regional: Testing for pre-surgical and in-patients only. Limited testing in the Emergency Department based on criteria.

Cost:varies based on insurance.

Results: 1-2 business days.



North Carolina COVID-19 Updates

August 13, 2020

Knowing when to dial up or down measures that slow the spread of the virus depends on North Carolina’s testing, tracing and trends. This dashboard provides an overview on the metrics and capacities that the state is following. 

As of 8/10/20 there have been 139,061 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1,062 hospitalizations, and sadly, 2,249 deaths.    



NEW & UPDATED GUIDANCE: The following resources are now available on the dashboard.

UPDATED REPORTS: the following reports have been updated and are now available on the dashboard

NEW TESTING SITES: about 45 new CHAMP sites were added to the community testing events page

UPDATED OPERATION HOURS for Vidant testing sites: hours have changed due to the high temperatures.  They are now 11 am – 1 pm and 4 pm – 6 pm. 


NEW: Video PSAs added here and will be available on the Prevent & Protect toolkit

  • New Vimeo videos are now available for download – the videos with Dr. Tilson and Rogelio on how to properly wear a face covering are here, and also on the Prevent and Protect toolkit

PRESS RELEASES since the last update include:


North Carolina COVID-19 Cases Demographics




North Carolina COVID-19 Deaths and Demographics




Rutherford County COVID-19 Updates

August 12, 2020

There are (35) new positive cases since we reported on Monday. There are (816) total positive cases and (159) total active cases. As of today, there are now (15) individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19. and sadly there have been (16) related deaths. 
There have been (14) total cases in Lake Lure's zip code. There are currently (6) known active cases in the Lake Lure zip code (28746). We never know where the virus may be so we must take precautions at all times.
We continue to thank all who are using universal precautions, practicing social distancing guidelines, and wearing facial coverings when you are in public places. If you have been tested and are waiting on your results you and everyone living in your home MUST stay in quarantine until you get your test results.
As the Foothills Health District increases testing, positive tests may increase and this new graph gives us another visual indicator of overall growth or decline of cases in Rutherford County. Please see the chart below with additional details.





Sadly, the Rutherford County Health Department is reporting the 16th COVID-19 associated death in the County.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost their loved ones to COVID-19.

We are so sorry for their loss and are holding each family in our hearts.  



Additional COVID-19 Details for Rutherford County


1) The chart below which illustrate the Total Positive cases vs. ACTIVE POSITIVE cases by zip code.


3) The chart below illustrates the AGE RANGE of the County's COVID-19 cases.


3) The final chart below illustrates the STATUS of positive cases in the County.  



NC COVID-19 Reopening Updates 

June 26, 2020


The Governor and public health officials remain guided by science, data, and facts in making decisions regarding COVID-19. Since moving into Phase 2 on May 22, 2020, several key metrics have been trending in a concerning direction. North Carolina’s daily number of positive COVID-19 tests are continuing to increase; the percent of COVID-19 tests that are positive has remained high; emergency department visits for COVID-19 like illnesses are increasing; and hospitalizations for COVID-19 continue to increase.

Doctors, public health officials, hospital administrators, and health care providers are concerned that unless the spread of COVID-19 is limited, existing health care facilities may not have the capacity to care for those who become sick. Additionally, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified before Congress on June 23, 2020 that the “next couple weeks are going to be critical” in the country’s ability to address increasing rates of COVID-19 infection.

In order to address these troubling metrics and slow the spread of COVID-19, North Carolina is continuing the measures of Executive Order No. 141, “the Phase 2 Executive Order” for an additional three weeks — and is imposing a face covering requirement — to slow the spread of this virus during the pandemic.

This Frequently Asked Questions document provides guidance for the implementation of Executive Order 147. The order extends North Carolina’s “Safer At Home Phase 2” through 5 p.m. on July 17, 2020, with additional amendments to protect public health.

For additional information and data about COVID-19 in North Carolina, as well as state guidelines, please read more here...

This information is subject to change in light of new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and additional Executive Orders or local government declarations.




NC COVID-19 Reopening Updates 

May 22, 2020

The NC Governor has issued Executive Order (EO) 141, which moves the State to Phase 2 (Easing of Restrictions) in the State’s ongoing response to COVID-19. 

EO141 is effective 5:00pm on Friday, May 22, 2020 and expires at 5:00pm on Friday, June 26, 2020 unless repealed, replaced or rescinded.  EO141 and accompanying Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are linked below along with additional guidance for various categories of businesses and activities (restaurants, places of worship and religious services, large venues, retail businesses, personal care businesses, public pools and spas, tattoo businesses, day camps, overnight camps, and child care facilities).

EO141 additional guidance for various businesses:






Quick Links

The following data links are for information only.  Federal, state and local statistics are pulled from a variety of databases and at different times of the day; therefore, data may not match between sources. (North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services NCDHHS)

  • CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)







Interactive COVID-19 Map   


Johns Hopkins University has launched this interactive map that permits the user to drill down on their dashboard to find Rutherford County specific data.

  • Click on the link below to go to the interactive site.
  • Data on positive cases is based on the previous day's numbers.
  • This information is compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Rutherford County is sharing this resource for information only and is not responsible for the content of this data.
  • Note that the data will be one day behind.

North Carolina COVID-19 Updates - Executive Orders


The Town of Lake Lure suspension of Residential Vacation Rentals ends 5/15/20.  The Governor has laid out a three phased approach to reopening the state.  All persons should follow the NC Executive Orders as it relates to COVID-19.  The State is currently in Phase One of the reopening plan which is outlined below:
  • Modify the Stay At Home order allow travel not currently defined as essential allowing people to leave home for commercial activity at any business that is allowed to be open, such as clothing stores, sporting goods stores, book shops, houseware stores and other retailers.  
  • Ensure that any open stores implement appropriate employee and consumer social distancing, enhanced hygiene and cleaning protocols, symptom screening of employees, accommodations for vulnerable workers, and provide education to employees and workers to combat misinformation 
  • Continue to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people
  • Reopen parks that have been closed subject to the same gathering limitation. Outdoor exercise will continue to be encouraged. 
  • Continue to recommend face coverings in public spaces when 6 feet of distancing isn’t possible
  • Encourage employers to continue teleworking policies
  • Continue rigorous restrictions on nursing homes and other congregant care settings 
  • Local emergency orders with more restrictive measures may remain in place.

  • The chart below highlights the changes that have taken place in Phase One.  Below this chart you will see links to the latest Executive Orders related to COVID-19.

    Latest North Carolina Executive Orders


    May 5, 2020

    Executive Order 138 (English)

    Executive Order 138 (Spanish)

    Effective 5 p.m. May 8, 2020, eases some restrictions on travel, business operations and mass gatherings.
    April 23, 2020

    Executive Order 135 (English)

    Executive Order 135 (Spanish)

    Extends until May 8, North Carolina’s Stay At Home (Executive Order 121) as well as other orders regarding the closures of restaurants for dine-in service, bars and other close-contact businesses 

    April 20, 2020

    Executive Order 134 (English)

    Executive Order 134 (Spanish)

    Allows furloughed employees to be eligible for unemployment benefits.
    April 17, 2020

    Executive Order 133 (English)

    Executive Order 133 (Spanish)

    Extends certain provisions in previous executive orders that are related to transportation.
    April 9, 2020

    Executive Order 131 (English)

    Executive Order 131 (Spanish)

    Issues stronger social distancing requirements for retail stores still operating, makes earlier COVID-19 guidelines mandatory for nursing facilities and issues changes to speed up certain benefit payments to those who are out of work.