The CVS Pharmacy in West Jefferson has closed after staff members were exposed to COVID-19.

The Ashe Post and Times reports AppHealthCare's Melissa Bracey said here have been COVID-19 exposures among employees, who are now isolated and close contacts are in quarantine. Bracey said AppHealthCare is offering health guidance and recommendations for infection control and cleaning/disinfecting to prevent additional spread.

According to the report, CVS made the decision to close temporarily to protect employees and customers. According to the report, the drive-through pharmacy is still open.

As of Thursday afternoon, AppHealthCare reported 80 active cases in Ashe, a total of 777, and 185 being monitored.

In Watauga there were 154 active cases, a total of 2111, and 234 being monitored.

Appalachian State reported 36 students and 2 employees with active cases. Since March 27, there have been 1100 students, 55 employees and 41 subcontracts with COVID-19.

Mitchell County Health Department was notified Thursday of its eighth CoVID-19 associated death in Mitchell. The individual was in their 90’s. The announcement comes a day after Mitchell's seventh death, an individual in their 80's. Toe River Health District's most recent weekly update shows cases of community spread continue to rise within the district, and they urge people to remember to practice the 3 W’s at all times: Wear, a face covering when out in public and you cannot physically distance yourself from others, Wait at least 6 feet away from others and Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if you do not have access to soap and water. It is also imperative for those testing positive to Stay at Home.