In order to maintain the safety of County residents, the Watauga County Board of Commissioners Meeting scheduled for 8:30 A.M. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, will be conducted electronically.

Here are testing numbers for Wednesday, April 2, 2020, from AppHealthCare.

On April 2, 2020, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley issued an order containing the following emergency directives which postpones court proceedings until June 1, 2020.

Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford has announced he will retire from the department effective May 1.

An Ashe County resident has tested positive for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). This is the first positive case in Ashe County.

Avery County Government has announced that effective April 1, all residents and non-residents of Avery County arriving for overnight stays are ordered to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days or 7 days after symptoms have resolved, whichever is longer.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services, AppHealthCare and local agencies are urging people to cooperate with Governor Cooper’s Executive Order to stay home except for essential trips, practice social distancing and good hygiene like handwashing and covering your cough or sneeze.

The National Park Service is modifying its operations on a park-by-park basis in accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities.