AppHealthCare's weekly COVIVD-19 update indicates for the week of February 7 - 13, there were decreases in the number of new cases and the number of individuals in quarantine in Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties.

The number of hospitalizations decreased slightly over the week but AppHealthCare continues to watch this data point very closely.

Both Watauga and Ashe County remain ORANGE in the County Alert System, indicating substantial community spread, while Alleghany is RED, indicating critical community spread.

After recent delays in shipments of vaccine, AppHealthCare was forced to reschedule appointments, and will now administer doses allocated for this week and next week’s allocation amounts by March 1st.

The next allocation of vaccine for Watauga will include 600 first doses of Moderna, Ashe will receive 500 first doses of Moderna, but neither county will receive second dose allotments. Alleghany will receive 200 first doses and 200 second doses in the next allocation.

Beginning February 24th, education and childcare staff (Pre-K through 12th grade) will be eligible for vaccine.

Anyone who is eligible for a vaccine in Group 1 or Group 2 and who would like their vaccine, AppHealthCare will still prioritize those individuals.

For additional information visit AppHealthCare.com or contact the COVID-19 Call Center at (828) 795-1970.

According to the Avery County Health Department, all first dose vaccines scheduled for last week, February 15-20, have been rescheduled to Friday, February 26.

All doses are being given at the NC Cooperative Extension Ag Center on Vale Road from 9 am to 4 pm.

If you need to reschedule an appointment, or if you have questions regarding your appointment, call the COVID hotline at 828-733-8273.