COVID-19 on the rise in NC and Buncombe, but hospitalizations are low

ASHEVILLE – COVID-19 levels around Buncombe County and North Carolina are rising, but hospitalizations in the western part of the state are still low.

According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, which tracks the levels of the virus that causes COVID-19 from wastewater treatment plants around the state, viral levels in Buncombe County are the highest they’ve been since April 14. COVID-19 levels tracked in the Buncombe County Metropolitan Sewer District are currently between the 40th and 60th percentile relative to past levels measured at the same site.

That’s based on data from Aug. 2, the most recent information available as of Aug. 10.

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