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March 12, 2020 2:18 PM

State of Emergency Declaration/COVID-19

The Town of Black Mountain has declared a local State of Emergency to coordinate response and protective actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Citizens and Visitors of Black Mountain:

As communities begin to feel the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), The Town of Black Mountain would like to share with you the steps we are taking to help protect the health and safety of our citizens and employees, which is always our top priority.
We are closely monitoring local and national reports on the evolving impact of COVID-19. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization, the Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services, and other applicable public health agencies, we’ve developed contingency plans and are taking the proper recommended precautions. In all Town facilities, we have added extra sanitation measures including daily disinfecting of surfaces, we are encouraging frequent hand washing and we have implemented social distancing policies and employee travel bans aimed at protecting the health and well-being of our teammates and the public. We have canceled all advisory board and commission meetings for the next thirty days and will close all Town operated facilities to the public beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020. Facilities will remain open for official business with very limited public access. Please follow any directional signage in place at each location.

We realize that you depend on us, and we are committed to serving our citizens. The Town’s mission is simple, yet powerful: Provide quality services to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our citizens.

We feel deeply for those who have been affected already. The Town of Black Mountain is here to help in any way possible. Again, the health and safety of our citizens and employees is our top priority, and we are committed to doing our part to help keep Black Mountain safe.

Josh Harrold, Town Manager

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Latest Update:

January 8, 2021 9:19 AM

Buncombe County residents age 75 years and older can now register for COVID-19 vaccinations online. The online registration offers opportunities to register for COVID-19 immunization appointments.

While it is uncertain the total number or type of vaccines Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) will receive from the state each week, a minimum of 500 appointments per week will be scheduled, with additional appointments added when BCHHS receives confirmation of state allotment of vaccines.

Appointments for Buncombe County residents age 75 years and older can also be made by calling 828-250-5000 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. To help residents stay safe at home and prevent the spread of COVID-19, there is no in-person appointment scheduling.

Residents 75 and older can register for vaccinations online at Anyone can register for COVID-19 testing at

Prior Updates

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January 7, 2021 9:48 AM

COVID-19 Vaccination Update: Buncombe County residents 75 & older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines through Public Health starting Monday, Jan. 11. People who fall into Phase 1B (those 75 and over) can call Buncombe County Health & Human Services starting Thursday, Jan. 7, 2020 to schedule their COVID-19 immunization. Call (828) 250-5000, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. As long as vaccine supply is available, appointments will be available for this population.

December 29, 2020 9:08 AM

On Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 the Black Mountain Board of Aldermen voted to follow Buncombe County's order to adopt additional measures to reduce transmission of COVID-19.

The new local order signed on Dec. 23, 2020, reduces the capacity for indoor dining in restaurants from 50% of stated fire capacity to 30% and lowers the number for an indoor mass gathering for social gatherings with individuals from outside your household from 10 persons to 2 persons.

In addition to these new restrictions, public health officials continue to stress the simple and effective precautions of wearing a mask, keeping six feet apart and washing our hands often to reduce our risk and flatten this curve. We must limit our interactions. Each encounter with someone outside our household, is an opportunity for spread.

While these new restrictions will take effect on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 at 5 p.m., previous orders remain in place, and Buncombe County continues to align with the Governor's executive orders related to COVID-19 prohibitions and restrictions.