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COVID-19 update? Buncombe has yet to hit peak in cases, health officials claim
Wednesday, 01 July 2020 22:48

From Staff Reports

Buncombe County health official believe the county has yet to reach its zenith in COVID-19 cases and the local count likely will continue to grow, according to a June 23 story in the Asheville Citizen Times.

The ACT story added, “In the early days of the pandemic, officials predicted that the greatest strain on the local health care system due to COVID-19 would come in mid-to-late April. Some state models from the same time placed the peak in May.

“But, answering a question from the Citizen Times in a release June 22, the Buncombe Department of Health and Human Services said they don’t think it has yet occurred.”

The ACT then quoted unnamed BCDHSS officials as replying in writing, “Cases are climbing across the Southeast US, including in NC. As people continue to engage in activities outside their homes, especially when they do so without following the 3W’s (wearing a face covering in public, waiting 6 feet apart and washing hands regularly), we will continue to see new cases.”

Also, the ACT noted, “In early April, emergency preparedness director Fletcher Tove said a peak in cases could last four to 10 weeks. During peak in places like Italy and New York, doctors were forced to make grim decisions about how to parse out a limited number of ventilators to patients expected to die without them.”



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