COVID-19 Updates

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COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing - Friday, May 29, 2020

On Friday, May 29th, Foothills Health District will conduct a drive thru COVID-19 testing site. Testing is from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm or until all available tests run out. Additional testing dates will be publicized at a later date. Testing will be conducted at Isothermal Community College in the parking lot behind the Foundation Performing Arts Center.

All cars must enter off of College Avenue and will exit to Piney Ridge Road once the testing is completed. Testing is free to all who participate, but is limited to Rutherford County residents only. All participants will receive a free mask. Increased testing is a result of NC Department of Health and Human Services roll out new state testing guidelines that expand who can be tested for coronavirus. Anyone may be tested, even if they are not symptomatic.

We especially encourage health-care workers and first responders; and employees who work in places like grocery stores, restaurants, and gas stations, where social distancing is more difficult to come out and get tested. Expanded testing is a central part of the stateís plan to allow business and leisure activities to ramp up during the pandemic.



Rutherford County COVID-19 Updates

May 27, 2020

There are THREE new positive cases since Monday for a total of 174 positive cases, and 27 total active cases. 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 attached chart with additional details. THANK YOU to all who are using caution and practicing social distancing guidelines. Please wear masks if 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.




1) The graph below illustrates the COVID-19 cases by date with the orange trend line showing the ACTIVE positive cases.



2) The graph below illustrates the number of NEW positive cases each day.




3) The graph illustrates below illustrates the PERCENTAGE OF POSITIVE TESTS in the green trend line.   




4) The COVID-19 map below illustrates the number of COVID-19 cases BY ZIP CODE for Rutherford County.



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



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




7) The pie chart below illustrates the ETHNICITY of the COVID-19 cases in Rutherford County.



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






The NC Governor has issued Executive Order (EO) 141, which moves the State to Phase 2 (Easing of Restrictions) in the Stateís 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.NCDHHS (North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

  • CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)







Sadly, the Rutherford County Health Department is reporting the 7th COVID-19 associated death in the County.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family that lost their loved one.

We lift up the family of those individuals who have passed away  We are so sorry for your loss and are holding each family in our hearts.  



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 isnít 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 Carolinaís 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.