Symptoms of COVID-19 & Face Coverings
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
More COVID-19 Info can be viewed here.
In regard to face coverings, the CDC and NCDHHS recommend universal indoor masking in K-12 schools, for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status. ArtSpace Mask Procedures for fall 2021 have been developed in accordance with NCDHHS guidelines and in collaboration with local public health officials.
- Only the Pfizer Bio-NTech vaccine has been authorized for kids 5 to 11. It’s a smaller dose than the adult vaccine. Click here to Find a vaccination location for children 5-11 near you.There are more than 800 locations in North Carolina that will carry Pfizer for 5 to 11 year olds—so don’t worry! Kids can be vaccinated at any location that has the smaller dose of Pfizer available. That means pediatricians, doctors’ offices, hospitals, local pharmacies—and unlike some vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine will be free everywhere. Parental consent is required.
Here a few local vaccination events
Walk-in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
- BCHHS building, 40 Coxe Avenue in downtown Asheville
All FDA-authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines and all doses are available here.
The clinic is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-4pm.
No appointment is needed.
COVID-19 Vaccines for Homebound
We continue to work with the Mission Health Partner CaraMedics to administer COVID-19 vaccine to those living in Buncombe County who cannot easily leave their homes to access vaccination.
If you know someone in need of this service, have them or their caregiver call the Buncombe County Ready Team at 828-419-0095.
● Walgreens, Ingles, CVS, Target and other local pharmacies
- COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
- You may have side effects after vaccination. These are normal and should go away in a few days.
- It typically takes 2 weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. You are not fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine.
- Learn how to find a COVID-19 vaccine so you can get it as soon as you can
- After you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did before the pandemic. Learn more about what you can do when you have been fully vaccinated.
- ArtSpace does not require the COVID-19 vaccine. Any change in the recommended immunization schedule for school-age children will come from the state.
More information about COVID-19 vaccinations can be found here.
- You are 18 and older;
- Your second/final dose was more than six months ago for Pfizer and Moderna
- You received your Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago.
We are monitoring multiple variants; currently there are four notable variants in the United States:
B.1.1.7 (Alpha): This variant was first detected in the United States in December 2020. It was initially detected in the United Kingdom.
B.1.351 (Beta): This variant was first detected in the United States at the end of January 2021. It was initially detected in South Africa in December 2020.
P.1 (Gamma): This variant was first detected in the United States in January 2021. P.1 was initially identified in travelers from Brazil, who were tested during routine screening at an airport in Japan, in early January.
B.1.617.2 (Delta): This variant was first detected in the United States in March 2021. It was initially identified in India in December 2020.
These variants seem to spread more easily and quickly than other variants, which may lead to more cases of COVID-19. An increase in the number of cases will put more strain on healthcare resources, lead to more hospitalizations, and potentially more deaths.
So far, studies suggest that the current authorized vaccines work on the circulating variants. Scientists will continue to study these and other variants. More information can be found here.