Corona Virus Update

  Currently There Are 139 Active Cases of Corona virus in Avery County 11/18/20
(Beginning 10/08/20 this information will only be updated once a week)
137 active community cases and 2 estimated active in the Avery-Mitchell and Mountain View Correctional Facilities.

(923 Cases Of Corona Virus Have Been Documented In Avery County 563 community cases and
360 congregate cases, 778 Have Recovered, and 6 Death's)

Week of August 3rd - 28 Active 109 total cases documented
Week of August 10th - 37 Active 132 total cases documented
Week of August 17th - 22 Active 148 total cases documented 
Week of August 24st - 24 active 166 total cases documented
Week of August 31st - 38 active 249 total cases documented
Week of September 7th - 9 active 250 total cases documented
Week of September 14th - 14 active 349 total cases documented
Week of September 21st - 28 active 375 total cases documented
Week of September 28th - 25 active 405 total cases documented
Week of October 5th - 24 active 461 total cases documented
Week of October 12th-30 active 499 total cases documented
Week of October 19th- 24 active 614 total cases documented
Week of October 26th-48 active 669 total cases documented 
Week of November 2nd- 81 active 734 total cases documented
Week of November 9th-100 active 811 total cases documented

wordle 2

Avery County Government would like to share that Avery County Emergency Management and the Health Department are working with local officials, Cannon Hospital, Avery County School System, 911 Communications, EMS Ambulance Services, and fire and rescue to ensure and protect the health and well-being of Avery County citizens.

For the latest updates click here for the NCDHHS state web site, for information. 

Health officials encourage good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene.  These are the best preventive measures for this virus.  These include covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands frequently with soap and water, staying home when you feel sick or when you have a fever and cleaning surfaces with sanitizing cleaners. 

The County of Avery's top priority is and always will be the safety and security of the county while providing the best service available. While it has been necessary to make some changes to the county's services please know that we will resume our regular services as soon as possible. 

wordle 4

Update 11/23/2020
Governor Cooper issued additional COVID-19 safety measures to tighten face mask requirments. Executive order No. 180 goes into effect on Wednesday Nov 25 and runs through Friday Dec 11. Please click here for the FAQ document.

Update 11/18/2020
Declaration Of A Local State Of Emergency - This is an update of the original Emergency Ordinance

Update 11/16/2020
Today, Governor Cooper announced that we will be extending Phase 3 through December, 4th, 2020.  The only change to Phase 3 is the indoor mass gathering limit, lowering from 25 to 10 people Please click here for the FAQ document.

Update 9/30/2020
Governor Cooper announced starting on Friday, October 2nd at 5:00pm, North Carolina will move to Phase 3
NC Governor Phase 3 FAQ 

Update 9/8/2020
COVID 19 Guidance For Farmers And Tree Growers

CDC Recommendations on Face Masks and Coronavirus Prevention

Coronavirus Prevention
Cloth Face Coverings: Questions and Answers
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

NCDHHS COVID-19 Guidance for Migrant Farmworkers, Their Employers, and Housing Providers

NCDHHS COVID-19 Guía para trabajadores agrícolas migrantes, sus empleadores y proveedores de vivienda

Update 3/30/2020
In order to provide accurate information to Avery County Citizens who have questions about Avery County’s and the State of North Carolina’s response to COVID-19 a call-center has been set up Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m

The call center number is 828-373-0091.

Avery County Courthouse services are now by appointment only This includes:

Clerk of Court                                      (828) 737-6700
District Attorney                                 (828) 733-6710
Inspections Department                    (828) 733-8204
Juvenile Services                                (828) 733-9524
Register of Deeds                               (828) 733-8260
Tax Office                                             (828) 733-8214

 All County Courthouse services will remain on normal operating hours.  Staff will be available to respond to citizens’  request via telephone, email, or by appointment where applicable.

Avery DSS Schedule

Avery County DSS will be closed to the public, however, applications are available in the Main Hallway for programs.
A Drop Box will be available to return applications/verifications to the agency.
Interviews will be conducted by telephone with a signed application.
You may also apply online for Medicaid and Food & Nutrition benefits at
Our main # is 733-8230. If you would like an application mailed to you, we will be happy to do so. Thank you for your understanding during this time while we try to protect our staff and our citizens of Avery County.

Senior Center Schedule

The Avery County Senior Center will begin offering Drive-Thru Meal Service at the Center on Tuesday, March 17; Clients can drive to the side door of the dining area and pick up a hot meal. Clients must be registered to receive meal, and are asked to call and RSVP (not required) to help with headcount. Home delivered meals will continue as scheduled.  For more information, call 828-733-8220

Other Departments Schedules

Avery County Transportation will run vans at this time, pending decision by upper levels of management.

Attendants at the Solid Waste Collection Sites will not aid in the removal of household waste items from vehicles until further notice.

The Avery County Parks & Rec Rock Gym is open by reservations only.  Call 733-8266

Filing For Unemployment Insurance Benefits Due To COVID-19

Resources for Small Business and Business Owners

This is a link to an adobe document from the office of NC Senator Thom Tillis.
Reboot Your Small Business During COVID-19
Avery County Chamber Of Commerce Disaster Relief Information 
New website available from VISIT NC  and others to assist in the re-opening of hospitality type business and industry for North Carolina.  Please share with any and all. Spread the word!! []
NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery for Small Business Website 
New Grant Program Accepting Applications to Help Businesses and Nonprofits Hurt by COVID-19