COVID-19 Updates

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North Carolina COVID-19 Updates

October 21, 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 10/21/20 there have been (248,750) COVID-19 cases. There are currently (1,203) hospitalizations, and sadly there have been (3,992) deaths related to COVID-19. 



North Carolina COVID-19 Cases Demographics



North Carolina COVID-19 Deaths and Demographics





Rutherford County COVID-19 Updates

October 21, 2020


There are now (1,592) total positive cases and (173) total active cases in our county. There are (24) individuals currently hospitalized for COVID-19 from our county.
We are saddened to report (3) additional deaths due to COVID-19.  There have been a total of (57) deaths related to COVID-19 in Rutherford County. We are holding the families of these individuals in our hearts.
There have been (43) total cases in Lake Lure's zip code. There are currently (3) known active cases in the Lake Lure zip code (28746), which extends beyond the Town limits. let's get this number down to zero!

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.

To access the Rutherford Count interactive dashboard shown below click here.

To contact the Foothills Health District Please call Rutherford Co. (828) 287-6100, McDowell (828) 652-6811, or visit the website at




We are saddened to announce that there has been (2) additional COVID-19 death in Rutherford County since we reported on 10/15/20. There are are now (54) total deaths in the county related to COVID-19.  

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.



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.


NC COVID-19 Reopening Updates 




Governor Roy Cooper Announces Phase 2.5 for Reopening

September 1, 2020  

Today, Governor Cooper announced that the state will move into Phase 2.5 starting this Friday, September 4th, 2020 at 5:00pm.  Please see below press clipping for more in depth information, however, I have listed some of the key points:

  • Mass gathering limits will increase to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors from the current limit of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors. 
  • Playgrounds may open. 
  • Museums and aquariums may open at 50% capacity. 
  • Gyms and indoor exercise facilities, such as yoga studios, martial arts, and rock climbing, as well as skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor basketball, volleyball etc., may open at 30% capacity. 
  • Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, indoor entertainment facilities, amusement parks, dance halls will remain closed. 
  • Large venues remain subject to the mass gathering limits. 

Here are links for Executive Order 163 and the FAQs for EO 163

Read the Executive Order.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions


August 31, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper Extends 11 pm Alcohol Curfew Through September

Read Executive Order 162

In an effort to continue slowing the spread of COVID-19, Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 162 to extend the limited hours on the sale of alcoholic drinks in North Carolina. As the state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19, the Order requires restaurants to end the sale of alcoholic beverages at 11 pm. This Order will remain in effect through October 2, 2020.

“North Carolina has made good progress stabilizing our COVID-19 numbers, and this order will help us continue it,” said Governor Cooper. “Now is the time to continue staying cautious and vigilant as we work to beat this pandemic.”

Local governments that have implemented orders that end alcohol sales before 11 pm or that apply to other entities remain in effect.

Read Executive Order 162.


 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:




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.