Corona Virus Update

  92 Cases Of Coronavirus Have Been Documented In Avery County as of 08/01/20

( 28 active 0 deaths 64 recovered) 

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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. 

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Update 7/24/2020
Declaration Of A Local State Of Emergency - This is an update of the original Emergency Oridance

Update 6/25/2020
NC Governor Phase 2 Extension Fact Sheet (Mandatory Face Coverings)

Update 5/21/2020
Latest Press Release Issued for State of Emergency
NC Governor Phase 2 Fact Sheet
NC Governor Phase 2 Quick Reference
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!! []

Update 5/6/2020

NC Governor Phase 1 Fact Sheet
NC Governor Phase 1 Quick Reference

Update 4/24/2020
NC Governor Extends Stay At Home Order Through May 8

Avery County Government Continues Suspension Of Short Term Rentals and 14 Day Self-Quarantine

Update 4/20/2020 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

Update 4/08/2020
Letter to Businesses with Seasonal Workers

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 including the Executive Stay at Home Order, the Short-Term Rental Suspension, and Avery County State of Emergency, a county call-center has been set up Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m

The call center number is 828-373-0091.

Update 3/27/2020

Letter to our Gated Communities

EO121 - NC Stay At Home Order And Strategic Directions For North Carolina In Response To Increasing COVID-19 Cases

EO121 - FAQ's

Avery County Courthouse services are now by appointment only effective March 25, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. 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.

Update 3/23/2020
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.

The Avery County Sheriff's Office with the help of Avery County Emergency Management set up military tent to be used if needed as a drive through testing facility at the hospital in Boone.

All Nonessential meetings cancelled until further notice, this includes Economic Development Committee, Transportation and Planning Board.

Toe River Health District reports No Positive Cases in the 3 county regions that it servers Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey County.

Statement from Avery County Emergency Management Issued 3/20/2020
The Avery County Commissioners have issued a State Of Emergency for Avery County. At this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Corona virus) in the Toe River Health District (Avery, Mitchell and Yancey Counties). A State Of Emergency Declaration opens up more opportunities to receive help from the State and Federal Government; should the need arise. At this time, there are no curfews or restrictions in place. The CDC is recommending that you should not congregate in more than 10 people per group. Avery County Emergency Management continues to monitor this rapidly evolving event. Please do not call 911 for information. As we will update information as it becomes available

Changes effective as of 03/16/2020
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

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

All Cooperative Extension Meetings have been canceled until late April by order of the Avery County 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 will be closed for the next 2 weeks.

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