Tuesday COVID-19 totals as reported by AppHealthCare and Toe River Health District.

As of Tuesday, AppHealthCare reports a total of 293 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Watauga County during the pandemic, wih 89 active cases; Ashe with 140 total cases, and 60 active; and Alleghany at 165 total cases, and 112 active. AppHealthCare is actively monitoring 59 individuals in Watauga, 44 in Ashe and 3 in Alleghany. Across the district there have been a total of 17 hospitalizations, and 1 death, in Ashe County.

Toe River Health District Tuesday reported Avery County with 2 new cases, for a total of 101, 68 have recovered and 33 active. Yancey reported 5 new cases for a total of 106, 95 have recovered, 10 cases are active and 1 death reported in Yancey. Mitchell County had 1 new case Tuesday, their total is 117, 102 have recovered, 13 cases are active and 2 deaths have been reported in Mitchell.


AppHealthCare is partnering with Mako Medical Laboratories to offer COVID-19 testing for Alleghany and Ashe County residents. Drive-thru testing will be available Saturday, August 8th 9:30am-1:00pm at Alleghany High School, 404 Trojan Avenue in Sparta.  

Individuals must be residents of Alleghany or Ashe County and over 10 years of age. There is no cost for testing and is available regardless of insurance status. If you have insurance, please bring a copy of your insurance information. No appointment is needed. Test results should be expected within a few days.  

We encourage individuals to be tested who meet the current guidance for testing:

“We are grateful for the partnership with Mako Medical Laboratories, support from Alleghany County, Alleghany Emergency Management and Alleghany County Schools allowing parking lot space to provide this drive-through testing event, free of charge, for the Alleghany County community. With the increases in COVID-19 cases locally, we know this is an important step to take to further identify and control the spread of this virus and protect the public’s health,” stated Jennifer Greene, Health Director, AppHealthCare.  

If you have questions about the testing event, the AppHealthCare COVID-19 call center is available to take your calls during regular business hours - (828) 795-1970 and you can also email questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

AppHealthCare is available and on-call 24/7 to respond to public health emergencies. To reach us, call Watauga (828) 264-4995, Ashe (336) 246-9449, Alleghany (336) 372-5641 anytime and follow the prompts. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.