Coronavirus in Hendersonville, NC
Official Advisories and Updates
The City of Hendersonville government is providing official Coronavirus updates and community advisories at hendersonvillenc.gov/coronavirus.
Vaccination information can be found at covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines.
Cases of COVID-19, a new strain of coronavirus, began popping up in the United States in January. On March 21, 2020, the first case in Henderson County was announced. This page will be continually updated with the latest news as well as a list of local resources.
Hendersonville COVID-19 Updates
- January 19, 2022 – Henderson County reports a cumulative total of 20,825 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 237 COVID-related deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 2,147,777 confirmed cases and 20,037 deaths.
- January 18, 2022 – Americans can now sign up to get free home Covid-19 tests from the federal government, one day ahead of the scheduled launch of the program.
- January 7, 2022 – With COVID-19 cases reaching pandemic highs, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services urges K-12 schools to promote vaccination and boosters for students and staff and require students and staff wear masks indoors.
- January 3, 2022 – The United States hit one million new cases of Covid-19 amid the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, a global record.
- December 17, 2021 – Health experts are warning that the highly contagious COVID-19 variant, Omicron, is expected to cause the greatest surge in COVID-19 infections to date in the coming months.
- December 14, 2021 – North Carolina’s key metrics have all been increasing, including people going to the emergency department with COVID-like symptoms, cases, the percent of tests that are positive, and hospitalizations.
- December 9, 2021 – Eligibility for Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster shot has been expanded to include 16- and 17-year-olds, making safe and effective boosters now available for everyone ages 16 and older.
- December 1, 2021 – The United States identifies its first case involving the Omicron variant.
- November 26, 2021 – The World Health Organization identifies a new variant of concern, naming it Omicron. Research continues to say current vaccines are effective in reducing severe disease and death against all COVID-19 variants.
- November 19, 2021 – The CDC expands its recommendation for booster shots to include all adults ages 18 years and older who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least six months after their second dose.
- November 5, 2021 – Pfizer says its oral COVID-19 antiviral pill Paxlovid is able to reduce a patient’s risk of hospitalization or death by 89%.
- November 3, 2021 – The CDC approves the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.
- October 20, 2021 – The FDA approves J&J and Moderna vaccination boosters.
- October 7, 2021 – NCDHHS announces a significant milestone in the fight against COVID-19: 70% of North Carolinians age 18 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
- September 30, 2021 – Henderson County reports a cumulative total of 14,334 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 186 COVID-related deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 1,395,254 confirmed cases and 16,524 deaths.
- September 24, 2021 – The CDC endorsed the recommendation for Pfizer booster shots for certain at-risk groups, clearing the way for millions of Americans to get a booster. It also endorsed the booster for workers in high-risk settings and those in institutional settings
- September 17, 2021 – An FDA advisory panel recommended Pfizer booster shots for people 65 and older as well as high risk populations.
- September 7, 2021 – Henderson County reports a cumulative total of 12,941 confirmed cases and 168 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 1,262,581 positive cases and 14,831 deaths
- August 23, 2021 – Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine gets full FDA approval.
- August 18, 2021 – North Carolinians who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and received the Moderna or Pfizer immunizations can begin receiving an additional dose of these immunizations to better protect themselves from COVID-19.
- August 12, 2021 – Henderson County reports a cumulative total of 11,254 positive COVID-19 cases and 165 COVID-related deaths.
- August 10, 2021 – North Carolina announces that weekly COVID-19 hospitalizations among people ages 20-49 are at an all-time high. “The vast majority of our COVID-19 hospitalizations are in unvaccinated people,” said Kody H. Kinsley, Chief Deputy Secretary for Health at NCDHHS.
- July 29, 2021 – North Carolina reports 3,628 new confirmed cases and 1,141 currently hospitalized, with 57% of the adult population being fully vaccinated.
- July 27, 2021 – The CDC updates its mask guidance, recommending that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas with high transmission of Covid-19.
- July 5, 2021 – Health officials continue to urge vaccination as the hyper-transmissible delta variant gains ground across the country. The delta variant is about 60 percent more transmissible than current dominant strain in the the country.
- June 16, 2021 – State health officials announce an increase urgency for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as the more dangerous new Delta variant is rapidly spreading in the United States, including in North Carolina.
- June 10, 2021 – Governor Roy Cooper announces $4 Million Summer Cash and College Tuition drawings to motivate those who have not yet been vaccinated.
- June 3, 2021 – More than 80% of adults 65 and older in the state have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
- May 14, 2021 – Gov. Cooper lifts many COVID-19 restrictions following the CDC guidelines announced on May 13. Capacity restrictions are lifted in all settings.
- May 13, 2021 – The CDC announces that fully vaccinated people may now go without masks in mosts places.
- April 30, 2021 – The CDC announces that over 30% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, and more than 43% of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.
- April 23, 2021 – The FDA and CDC lift the recommended pause on the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine.
- April 15, 2021 – More than one in five Americans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
- April 13, 2021 – U.S. health officials recommend a pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccinations in order to investigate the cause of six cases of rare and severe blood clotting. Out of nearly seven million doses of the vaccine, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis clots were reported in six women under the age of 50 between 6 to 13 days after getting a shot.
- April 7, 2021 – North Carolina expands vaccination eligibility to Group 5. Anyone 16 years and older who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination is eligible to get one.
- March 17, 2021 – North Carolina expands vaccination eligibility to Group 4, beginning with people with high-risk medical conditions, people experiencing homelessness, and incarcerated people who have not been vaccinated.
- March 5, 2021 – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services releases guidance stating that K-12 schools should open for in-person instruction.
- March 4, 2021 – Additional frontline essential workers in Group 3 are now eligible for vaccinations in North Carolina.
- February 27, 2021 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a third vaccine, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019.
- February 26, 2021 – Governor Cooper lifts the Modified Stay at Home Order and group three essential workers, including teachers, are now eligible to receive vaccinations.
- February 15, 2021 – Henderson County reports a total of 8,410 confirmed cases and 127 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 824,352 positive cases, 1,941 current hospitalizations, and 10,501 deaths.
- February 4, 2021 – Henderson County reports a total of 7,996 confirmed cases and 127 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 781,802 positive cases, 2,630 current hospitalizations, and 9,728 deaths.
- February 1, 2021 – North Carolina surpasses one million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered. The state launches a Vaccination Dashboard to display the latest vaccination data.
- January 27, 2021 – Governor Cooper extends Phase 3 through at least Feb. 28 as North Carolina continues to administer Covid-19 vaccines across the state. As of Jan. 27, 99.8% of all first doses received by the state were reported as being administered and 859,695 total doses have been administered.
- January 23, 2021 – NCDHHS reports the first identified case of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 Variant in North Carolina.
- January 21, 2021 – Henderson County reports a total of 7,085 confirmed cases and 100 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 698,099 positive cases, 3,666 current hospitalizations, and 8,339 deaths.
- January 14, 2021 – North Carolina expands the eligible vaccination group to adults 65 years and older as well as an additional subset of health care workers.
- January 6, 2021 – Henderson County reports a total of 5,711 confirmed cases and 90 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 575,396 positive cases, 3,781 current hospitalizations, and 6,996 deaths.
- December 23, 2020 – North Carolina is in the midst of Phase 1a of its vaccination plan, prioritizing health care workers fighting COVID-19 and long-term care staff and residents. Phase 1b will prioritize adults 75 years or older and frontline essential workers.
- December 22, 2020 – Henderson County receives 1,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine. Front-line health department staff, paramedics, and other EMT first responders are first in line to receive the first dose in the two-part vaccination series.
- December 18, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 4,287 confirmed cases and 89 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 466,104 positive cases, 2,824 current hospitalizations, and 6,125 deaths.
- December 14, 2020 – A nurse in Queens, NY, became the first person in the United States outside of a clinical trial to receive an injection of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
- December 10, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 3,559 confirmed cases and 84 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 416,083 positive cases, 2,444 current hospitalizations, and 5,714 deaths.
- December 3, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 3,278 confirmed cases and 73 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 377,231 positive cases, 2,101 current hospitalizations, and 5,410 deaths.
- November 25, 2020 – North Carolina tightens COVID-19 restrictions and enforcement with Executive Order No. 180. Gov. Cooper states, “this is a pivotal moment in our fight against the coronavirus.”
- November 12, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 2,738 confirmed cases and 68 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 303,454 positive cases, 1,279 current hospitalizations, and 4,706 deaths.
- November 11, 2020 – Governor Cooper extends Phase 3 and limits indoor gatherings to 10 through Dec. 4 in an effort to drive down the state’s COVID-19 metrics.
- November 5, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 2,523 confirmed cases and 67 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 285,661 positive cases, 1,193 current hospitalizations, and 4,548 deaths.
- October 29, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 2,523 confirmed cases and 67 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 269,020 positive cases, 1,181 current hospitalizations, and 4,283 deaths.
- October 22, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 2,409 confirmed cases and 65 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 252,992 positive cases, 1,205 current hospitalizations, and 4,082 deaths.
- October 21, 2020 – Governor Cooper extends Phase 3 for three weeks following troubling spikes in case counts.
- October 15, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 2,282 confirmed cases and 64 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 238,939 positive cases, 1,140 current hospitalizations, and 3,874 deaths.
- October 8, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 2,152 confirmed cases and 64 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 225,397 positive cases, 1,051 current hospitalizations, and 3,722 deaths.
- October 2, 2020 – North Carolina moves into Phase 3 which allows movie theaters, amusement parks, arenas, and more to reopen at reduced capacity.
- October 1, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 2,063 confirmed cases and 64 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 212,909 positive cases, 939 current hospitalizations, and 3,579 deaths.
- September 24, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 1,945 confirmed cases and 64 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 198,189 positive cases, 902 current hospitalizations, and 3,356 deaths.
- September 14, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 1,833 confirmed cases and 60 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 185,781 positive cases, 895 current hospitalizations, and 3,060 deaths.
- September 4, 2020 – North Carolina moves into Phase 2.5 and allows gyms, aquariums, museums and other spaces to open at a reduced capacity for the first time since the pandemic started. Mask mandates and other prevention methods remain in effect.
- September 2, 2020 – Governor Cooper extends 11 pm alcohol curfew through October 2.
- August 24, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 1,647 confirmed cases and 59 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 156,396 positive cases, 948 current hospitalizations, and 2,535 deaths.
- August 6, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 1,452 confirmed cases and 53 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 131,267 positive cases, 1,147 current hospitalizations, and 2,092 deaths.
- August 5, 2020 – Gov. Cooper extends “Safer At Home” Phase 2 through September 11. Bars and gyms remain closed during the extension.
- July 28, 2020 – Governor Cooper signs Executive Order 153 stopping the sale of alcoholic drinks in restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries at 11 pm.
- July 23, 2020 – Henderson County Public Schools announces it will begin the new school year with virtual classrooms.
- July 17, 2020 – North Carolina extends “Safer At Home” Phase 2 for three more weeks.
- July 16, 2020 – U.S. reports a record 75,600 new daily cases; the number has more than doubled since June 24. Henderson County reports a total of 1,001 confirmed cases and 51 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 93,426 positive cases, 1,134 current hospitalizations, and 1,588 deaths.
- July 13, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 951 confirmed cases and 51 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 87,528 positive cases, 1,040 current hospitalizations, and 1,510 deaths.
- July 3, 2020 – North Carolina reports highest one-day increase of COVID-19 positive tests.
- July 1, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 644 confirmed cases and 49 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 66,513 positive cases, 901 current hospitalizations, and 1,373 deaths.
- June 24, 2020 – North Carolina extends Phase 2 for at least three weeks and announces a face covering requirement.
- June 23, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 514 confirmed cases and 49 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 54,453 positive cases, 915 current hospitalizations, and 1,251 deaths.
- June 17, 2020 – Henderson County reports a revised total of 463 confirmed cases and 49 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 46,855 positive cases, 846 current hospitalizations, and 1,168 deaths.
- June 11, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 498 confirmed cases and 48 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 39,481 positive cases, 812 current hospitalizations, and 1,064 deaths.
- June 4, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 350 confirmed cases and 47 deaths. North Carolina sees its biggest one-day increase in positive cases yet, and it reports a total of 31,966 positive cases, 659 current hospitalizations, and 960 deaths.
- May 22, 2020 – Gov. Cooper moves North Carolina into Phase 2 of easing COVID-19 restrictions.
- May 13, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 272 confirmed cases and 35 deaths. The county states that 211 of the confirmed cases are linked to long-term care facilities. A total of 2,703 tests have been administered in the county.
- May 7, 2020 – Gov. Cooper announces the transition to Phase 1 of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, May 8, at 5:00 pm. Henderson County reports an total of 216 cases and 23 deaths.
- May 1, 2020 – Henderson County reports an increased total of 194 cases and 20 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 10,923 positive cases, 547 current hospitalizations, and 399 deaths.
- April 21, 2020 – Henderson County issues a video update on the current Coronavirus situation and reports an increased total of 129 cases and 13 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 7,220 positive cases, 434 current hospitalizations, and 242 deaths.
- April 15, 2020 – Henderson County reports a total of 97 cases and 4 deaths. North Carolina reports a total of 5,123 positive cases, 431 current hospitalizations, and 117 deaths.
- April 9, 2020 – North Carolina reports a total of 3,651 positive cases, 398 current hospitalizations, and 65 deaths.
- April 4, 2020 – An assisted living community in Hendersonville reports 23 Coronavirus cases linked to residents and staff.
- April 2, 2020 – Henderson County reports first COVID-19 fatality.
- March 30, 2020 – Governor Cooper issues a statewide stay-at-home order.
- March 27, 2020 – Henderson County issues a stay-at-home order which goes into effect on Saturday, March 28, at noon.
- March 26, 2020 – Six total cases have been confirmed in Henderson County, and community spread is now assumed. Henderson County issues a request for donations of PPE and medical supplies.
- March 25, 2020 – North Carolina reports its first COVID-19 associated deaths.
- March 24, 2020 – Governor Cooper extends school closure to May 15, 2020.
- March 23, 2020 – Second case of Coronavirus is confirmed in a Henderson County resident.
- March 21, 2020 – First case of Coronavirus is confirmed in a Henderson County resident.
- March 19, 2020 – LoveHendo.com launches and helps facilitates curbside pickups from restaurants in downtown Hendersonville.
- March 17, 2020 – Governor Cooper orders dine-in service at restaurants and bars closed.
- March 14, 2020 – Henderson County declares a local state of emergency.
- March 3, 2020 – North Carolina identifies its first Coronavirus case.
What You Need to Know
Symptoms – These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses): fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Prepare Your Family – The CDC has created a list of what you can do to prepare your family in case COVID-19 spreads in your community.
Restaurants With Takeout, Delivery, and Outdoor Patios
Many of Hendersonville’s restaurants have reopened for delivery, curbside takeout, and outdoor patio service! Support Hendersonville’s restaurants while responsibly practicing social distancing. Visit our list of Hendersonville restaurants with takeout, delivery, and outdoor patios.
Know of a resource that’s not on this list? Have a question that’s on your mind? Visit our Coronavirus COVID-19 discussion forums to share what’s on your mind.
The Henderson County Public Schools website has a section dedicated to providing COVID-19 updates as well as student meal information and eLearning advice.
The Henderson County Education Foundation is maintaining a frequently updated list of community meal sites for families. LoveHendo.com also provides a list of restaurants providing curbside takeout with discounts and specials for families in need.
Other Local Resources
- Council on Aging for Henderson County
- Henderson County Chamber of Commerce
- NC DHHS
- Mountain BizWorks Recovery Options for Businesses
- Center for Disease Control
- Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance
- CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- Small Business Association Local Assistance Directory
- Treasury and IRS Tax Guidance
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Last updated at 3:10 pm on January 19, 2022.