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Rutherford County COVID-19 Updates

December 22, 2020



There have been (92) total COVID-19 cases in Lake Lure's zip code. There are now (21) known active case in the Lake Lure zip code (28746), which extends beyond the Town limits. Let's work together to get this number down to zero!  There are now (3,438) total positive cases and (635) total active cases in our county. There are (48) individuals currently hospitalized for COVID-19 from our county.

Sadly, there have been 5 additional deaths since we reported in 12/18/20. There have been a total of 106) deaths related to COVID-19 in Rutherford County. We are holding the families of these individuals in our hearts.

We must stay vigilant in social distancing, wearing facial coverings in public, and good hygiene and using protective measures to keep ourselves safe. We cannot lose focus of this serious situation, which is to stop the transmission of COVID-19 and to save lives.

Your Public Health team is dedicated and committed to keeping you safe and protecting the community.

For additional information about COVID-19 data in Rutherford County and NC read more here.... 

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


County COVID-19 Deaths

December 22, 2020 

We are saddened to report that Rutherford County has had (106) total deaths 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. 




North Carolina COVID-19 Updates

 December 22, 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 12/22/20 there have been (488,902) COVID-19 cases. There are currently (3,001) hospitalizations, and sadly there have been (6,291) deaths related to COVID-19.  Please click here for additional information regarding NC COVID-19 guidelines and data.



Infrastructure Updates

December 18, 2020





December 16, 2020 


An Everbridge Alert was sent out on 12/15/20 based on the Winter Weather Advisory.  We are pleased to report that temperatures remained just above freezing in most parts of Rutherford County and there are no known power outages.  




December 15, 2020 



A Winter Storm Advisory has been issued from midnight Tuesday (12/15/20) through 6PM Wednesday (12/16/20) for Western NC, including Rutherford County. Please prepare for the possibility of slippery roads and a power outage.  Be careful if traveling and call 9-1-1 for all emergencies.

• 72-hour Ice Accumulation Forecast: Accumulating ice (0.5 – 0.25”) is possible over the mountains and foothills near the Blue Ridge escarpment. Wind gusts up to 30 MPH, combined with light ice on trees may cause branches to snap and cause subsequent power outages.

• 72-hour Rainfall Forecast: If the area remains warm enough, Lake Lure could receive .5” of rain.

• Wednesday’s Severe Storm Threat: Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Wednesday (12/16/20) afternoon and evening.

• Damaging wind gusts and localized heavy rainfall will be the primary threats but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

• Higher wind gusts  (35-45 mph) are possible where any severe weather develops on Wednesday (12/16/20). 


• Please do not attempt to drive in the snow or on icy roads.

• Plan for a backup source of heat such as gas logs, a wood stove, or other approved indoor heat that does not require electricity to operate in case the power goes out.

• Caution, only use heating devices designed for indoor heating, portable kerosene heaters are not designed to be used in unventilated areas. (Note that you can receive carbon monoxide poisoning from using kerosene heaters indoors.)

• Ensure you have sufficient food and water stored for each member of your family in case you cannot travel to the store.

• Fill your tub with water and you can use this water to flush the commode, etc.

• Ensure you have a supply of your medications and oxygen (if needed), flashlights, batteries, battery-operated radio, first aid kit, blankets, and baby supplies, if you have a baby in the house.

• Charge your cell phone and make sure your batteries are charged.
• Ensure pets have shelter and provisions.

•If you do need help, then do not hesitate to call 911



Message from Mayor - Carol Pritchett