The Avery County Board of Commissioners met March 1 and County Manager Phillip Barrier reported the county recorded only 47 cases in the last 14 days.

The Avery Journal reports Barrier said 28 of the cases were recorded in the last five days.

Barrier said as of February 25, the county has administered 2,904 first dose vaccines and 2,021 second doses of the vaccine, and as of March 1, the county had 410 first dose vaccines in its possession and only 82 appointments, with 20 vaccines going toward the community paramedicine program, meaning that county has about 300 vaccines left to administer.

In other business, Tax Administrator Bruce Daniels reported that despite the effects of COVID-19, collection totals for 2020 have been in advance of 2019.

Barrier said the county will begin departmental budget meetings next week, and a community trash and litter pickup day is still scheduled for Saturday, March 20. Those who wish to participate should contact Jesse Pope to register. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..