Buncombe County leaders urge preparedness for COVID-19:

Buncombe County leaders urge preparedness for COVID-19:

Big Ivy Community

The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. While there are no confirmed cases of the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Buncombe County, planning and preparedness is occurring at the national and local levels. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that more cases of COVID-19 are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States and urges Americans to prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community. Don’t panic – but do prepare.

Know the Risks & Symptoms:

The risk of getting COVID-19 in the U.S. is currently low, however Buncombe County leadership recommends that the public take preemptive steps to be prepared for COVID-19 if and when it enters our community. You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms. COVID-19 is believed to spread through respiratory droplets that pass when an infected person coughs or sneezes. A mild case may look like the common cold. Symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, AND history of close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or recent travel history related to affected areas.

The greatest risk is for people who have recently traveled to China or been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that people who have returned from China more than 14 days ago and do not have symptoms are not infected with the virus and contact with them will not give you the virus.

Because the virus is not able to survive well on surfaces, there likely is very low risk of spread of coronaviruses from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at environmental temperatures.


If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, it’s still a good idea to get one.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.


The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

If you are sick, facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the illness to others.

N95 face masks, which are different from surgical masks and are respiratory protective devices with a very close facial fit and the ability to filter airborne particles, are not advised for the general public. These masks must be properly fitted to work, and they make breathing difficult when worn for an extended amount of time. Children should not use N95 masks.

Be Prepared

Buncombe County leaders urge preparedness for COVID-19:

  • Shop for the essentials: Store a two-week supply of water and nonperishable food and be sure to remember pet food and toilet paper. Make sure to have on hand your go-to sickbed foods, like chicken or vegetable broth and crackers in case of illness, as well as hydrating drinks such as Gatorade and Pedialyte for kids.
  • Think about your plans for child care if schools need to close.
  • If COVID-19 does start circulating in your community or there’s someone sick at home, plan on cleaning surfaces that get touched frequently, such as kitchen counters and bathroom faucets, several times a day. Keep high-touch surfaces in your house clean with household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Avoid crowds to minimize your risk of catching the disease. Stay home except for medical care. Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19.

Buncombe County resources that are available to you.

BCHHS Public Health Preparedness is here as a resource. If you have additional questions about preparedness planning for your business or industry, please email us at ready@buncombecounty.org.

Buncombe County is committed to providing up-to-date information on both the flu and Coronavirus. Please visit buncombecounty.org/bcready for preparedness information, numbers to know during an emergency situation, and updated response information.

Timothy Love

Buncombe County Government


Simple Food Storage Guide

Simple Food Storage Guide

Remembering Cling Fabe Webb

Remembering Cling Fabe Webb

Cling Webb, Serving for 52 years, He began his career at the age of 18. In 1944, he took over the fire tower atop of Little Snowball Mountain. The Job meant he had to walk 10 miles to and from his spotters tower each day.

                                  Reassembled and at it’s new home, The Big Ivy History Park.

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Little Snowball Tower was first manned by Mote Allen, who helped build it as a member of the CCC. When his CCC term ended and he was too old to enlist in World War II, the Forest Service hired him to be the lookout’s fire warden. After Mote’s retirement, Cling Fabe Webb was its dispatcher for twenty years, until the Forest Service retired the tower. After Lloyd Allen removed Little Snowball around 1985, the tower that cost less than a man’s suit was stored in pieces at Allen’s house for twenty years, waiting for a new home. In 2007, at Big Ivy Historical Park in Barnardsville, after one year of volunteer labor, the reassembled Little Snowball Fire Tower was dedicated. U.S. Forest Service supervisor Marisue Hilliard delivered the speech: I’m proud to be here today representing the Forest Service in saying thank you…[for] finding a permanent home for this wonderful legacy. Later, Mote Allen’s great-granddaughter in Florida returned his tower journal back home in Little Snowball Fire Tower.

For more information on the Big Ivy History Park, Visit https://bigivyhistory.org

WATCH VIDEO: North Buncombe Blackhawks Cheer at Citrus Bowl

WATCH VIDEO: North Buncombe Blackhawks Cheer at Citrus Bowl

Blackhawks  Cheer at Citrus Bowl

 The Citrus Bowl, an annual college football bowl game played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, North Buncombe Varsity cheerleading team was the only team in Western North Carolina ever to appear at the Citrus Bowl. The group, coached by Holly Griffin and Kristen Nunez, has brought home such an amazing accomplishment! #GoBlackhawks

2019 Citrus Bowl Highlights: No. 14 Michigan vs. No. 13 Alabama


Reindeer Rush Nutrition

Reindeer Rush Nutrition

Can the holidays get any busier? Just when you make it through gift-wrapping and the Christmas cookies, there’s the New Year and the inevitable resolutions. When we finally slow down, we realize we need to take a minute and just breathe. (It’s interesting our watches have to actually remind us to do that, right?)

So this year, I’m challenging you to start small rather than make resolutions that won’t last. Work on one change a week. For example, start with two workouts a week, or start with eating five fruits and vegetables in a day. Or maybe just start with eating a salad instead of a burger to boost your intake of leafy greens. And when that finally becomes a habit, you can add another small change. Just don’t try to change everything all at once. That’s what backfires, and we tend to give up when we fail.
I love the idea of just slowing down in the New Year so we can think about what’s going well and what we need to work on to be better. And the meaning of “be better” is different for all of us. It could be about being more giving or more loving or more patient. Those are all part of healthy living that we don’t often talk about.

I want to be better at a few things and not take so many other things on. So maybe, like me, you need to be better at saying no (and not just to a big helping of ice cream at night). Maybe you need to work on saying yes to foods that give your body energy and good fuel, and saying no to the others. And that may mean having just a half-cup of ice cream if that’s what you’re craving.
I think we need to make peace with food — and our bodies — and realize what we eat makes a huge difference in our outlook and longevity. Most of us know that. But it’s also OK to indulge sometimes — just as long as we enjoy it — and then get right back on the healthy lifestyle journey.

Q and A
Q: Are mushrooms healthy?

A: Mushrooms are a great way to add B vitamins (helpful in providing energy by breaking down proteins, fats and carbohydrates). Mushrooms are also fat-free, low-calorie, nutrient-dense and low in sodium. And mushrooms are the only source of vitamin D in the produce aisle. They are also a good source of selenium, a mineral that helps the immune system function properly. Add them to soup, meatloaf, salads and stir-fries.

Like many of you, we have multiple Christmas celebrations to accommodate family schedules. I fixed this Christmas Waldorf Salad at a recent family gathering, and we all loved it. Dried cranberries take the place of raisins, and Greek yogurt and mayonnaise make the salad creamy yet light. It’s from Eating Well.

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 large sweet apple, diced
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup red grapes, halved
1/3 cup walnut halves, toasted and chopped
1/3 cup dried cranberries
Whisk mayonnaise, yogurt and salt in a large bowl. Add apple, celery, grapes, walnuts and cranberries; toss to coat. Serves 6.
Per serving: 169 calories; 2.3 grams protein; 17.9 grams carbohydrates; 10.9 grams total fat; 2.1 grams fiber; 125 milligrams sodium.

Where to buy the book, Dillinghams of Big Ivy, Buncombe County, NC. and related families

Where to buy the book, Dillinghams of Big Ivy, Buncombe County, NC. and related families

Dillinghams of Big Ivy, Buncombe County, N.C. and related families By Margaret Wallis Haile


DILLINGHAMS OF BIG IVY, BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. AND RELATED FAMILIES, by Margaret Wallis Haile, is a family history consisting of twelve years of concentrated research covering two hundred years of genealogy beginning with Absalom Dillingham.  Originally published in 1979 and reprinted with permission for the Mars Hill University Bookstore.  862 pages in two volumes, each volume indexed.


Reprinted with permission for the Mars Hill University Bookstore


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