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COVID-19 Resources and Updates


A section-by-section of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

A summary of the emergency appropriations for coronavirus health response and agency operations.

The focus of Land of Sky Regional Council is supporting our region's response to the COVID-19 public health emergency and the resulting economic crisis. The offices of Land of Sky Regional Council are closed to the general public effective at 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 19, 2020 until further notice to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) guidance regarding COVID-19 mitigation. All meetings conducted by Land of Sky Regional Council will be conducted by remote participation consistent with NC open meetings law (Coates' Canons: NC Local Government Law). All program work will take place remotely and staff is teleworking when possible.

Below you will find a comprehensive list of resources pertaining to the COVID-19 response. This guide will be updated regularly.

National Updates - Centers of Disease Control and Prevention
North Carolina Updates - North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
World Health Organization COVID-19 Resource Page
John Hopkins University COVID-19 Map

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Publications
Coping During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak


Government

National League of Cities - Coronavirus Response Resources for Local Leaders
usa.gov - Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19
International City/County Management Association - Coronavirus Resources: Plan and Prepare Now Before it Hits Your Community
NC League of Municipalities - COVID-19 Resources


County Specific Resources

We want to encourage you to be proactive in your efforts to prevent the spread of sickness as well. For more information, get the latest reports and safety suggestions from your county.

Buncombe County
Henderson County
Madison County
Transylvania County


Information for Older Adults

Many regional services and supports for older adults are closed due to COVID-19 including congregate and nutrition sites, senior centers, health/wellness classes, volunteer services, and adult day care centers. All aging providers are making wellness checks on a regular basis.

At this time, the Long Term Care Ombudsmen are working with residents, facility staff, and community members by phone and email. If you need the assistance of a long term care ombudsman, contact:

  • Cori Search, Ombudsman for Henderson, Madison, and Buncombe counties.
    cori@landofsky.org or 828.251.7433
  • Telle King, Ombudsman for Transylvania and Buncombe counties
    telle@landofsky.org or 828.251.7430

Questions related to Land of Sky Regional Council aging programs, call the Area Agency on Aging at 828.251.7436.

NC 2-1-1 by United Way of North Carolina is the best resource for people to call for assistance related to the COVID-19 coronavirus.  This includes older adults and caregivers. NC 2-1-1 can refer callers to the organizations in their local community best equipped to address their specific health and human services needs including food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, employment, substance abuse treatment, as well as specific resources for older adults and for persons with disabilities, and much more. 2-1-1 or TTY 888.892.1162 for assistance.

NC Baptist Aging Ministry Hope Line: 866.578.4673

The national Disaster Distress Helpline crisis counseling & emotional support continues to be available for anyone experiencing distress or other mental health concerns during the ongoing COVID-19 infectious disease outbreak. Call 1-800-985-5990 (press "2" for Spanish).


Job Seekers and Unemployment

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 the NCWorks Career Centers will be closed to the public/walk in customers. NCWorks Career Center staff will continue to report to work as normal. Employers and Job Seekers are welcome to call the NCWorks Career Centers during normal business hours from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Questions regarding unemployment insurance benefits should be directed to the NC Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security.

Rules to apply for and obtain unemployment benefits in North Carolina are being scaled back to help people whose jobs have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Roy Cooper said Tuesday. Click here to apply for unemployment. 

Contact your NCWorks Career Centers:
Asheville - 828.251.6200
Henderson County - 828.694.1755
Madison County - 828.782.2632
Transylvania County - 828.883.2550


Transportation

Mountain Mobility has worked diligently to balance the need for transportation with the mandate for social distancing and self-isolation. In addition to updated and more strenuous cleaning procedures of all vehicles, we have also asked our passengers to postpone any unnecessary travel and to check with their destination to make sure it is open or, in the case of medical appointments, if the physician still wants the passenger to come to the office, prior to scheduling their trips.  We have seen a drop in overall trips of close to 50%, which is a positive step to keep our community safe and healthy.  At this time, there is no plan to cut service unless absolutely necessary.  We understand it is a difficult time for our most vulnerable passengers who must travel with us in order to get necessary food and supplies when they know staying home is the best option for their health and safety; however, Mountain Mobility is committed to assisting our passengers and community in any way possible.  Please reach out to Vicki Jennings, Mountain Mobility Program Manager here at Land of Sky, with questions or concerns. 

FTA Emergency Relief Docket for Public Transit


Broadband

In response to COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus, many North Carolina residents are being asked to work and learn remotely. To help ensure they can access high-speed internet, we have compiled a list of new and existing free or affordable service offerings from vendors in our region.

Many of our local cellular and broadband providers are participating in Chairman Pai’s pledge to help keep people connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact the local provider in your area for additional information. 

Federal Communications Commission - Chairman Pai Launches the Keep Americans Connected Pledge
NC Broadband Response
Charter 60-day Spectrum
Comporium 60-day - Call 1-888-403-2667 or contact customer service team.
AT&T


Businesses and Economic Development

Asheville Chamber of Commerce - COVID-19 Business Resources
Small Business Administration - SBA COVID-19 Disaster Assistance
Economic Development Partnership of NC - NC Business Relief Resources
Mountain BizWorks - COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loans and Reduced-Cost Tools for Remote Work
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina - Emergency and Disaster Response Fund


Small Business Loans

Thread Capital (NC Rural Center) - (919) 212-4950 - connect@threadcap.org
Sequoyah Fund - (828) 359-5006
Mountain BizWorks - (828) 253-2834
Small Business Administration
Self-Help Credit Union - Telephone: (800) 476-7428
Carolina Small Business Development Fund - (919) 803-1437
NC Community Development Initiative - (919) 828-5655