Corona Virus Update

  Currently There Are 38 active reported Cases of Corona virus in Avery County as of 5/5/2021
( down from 52 last week 4/28/2021)
(Beginning 10/08/20 this information will only be updated once a week)
(2114) Cases Of Corona Virus Have Been Documented In Avery County 1560 community cases and
554 congregate cases, 2056 Have Recovered, and 20 Death's)

Month of August - 38 active 249 total community cases documented
Month of September- 76 active 325 total  community cases documented       
Month of October -126 active 451 total community cases documented 
Month of November-424 active 875 total community cases documented
Month of December-362 active 1237 total cases documented
Month of January -257 active1494 total cases documented
Month of February -306 active 1800 total cases documented 
Month of March- 157 active 1957 total cases documented
Month of April-157 active 2114 total cases documented

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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 4/28/2021
Today, Governor Cooper announced Executive Order 209 Easing Statewide Restrictions.  Executive Order 209 will take effect this Friday, April 30th, 2021 at 5:00pm and remain in effect through June 1st, 2021 at 5:00pm.

Click Here for the FAQ Document

Update 4/27/2021
Declaration Of A Local State Of Emergency - This is an update of the original Emergency Ordinance

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
I                                        Avery County Courthouse services are now open, for questions please call:

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

 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