Appalachian State University and AppHealthCare have identified a cluster of 11 COVID-19 active cases associated with the Mountaineer football team.

Seven of the cases are students and four are staff members.

A cluster is defined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as a minimum of five cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period and plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases.

AppHealthCare has been in contact with the individuals, who have been instructed to recover in isolation. Public health staff have identified close contacts, who have been instructed to quarantine and who are being provided access to testing during their quarantine period. A close contact is defined as someone who has been within 6 feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes.

After consultation with AppHealthCare and Chancellor Sheri Everts, Athletic Director Doug Gillin has suspended practice until further consultation warrants a change in status.

AppHeathCare reported Tuesday that Watauga County had a total of 397 positive cases, 84 were active, and 120 individuals were being actively monitored.
Ashe County had 175 total cases, 21 active and 61 being monitored.
Alleghany with 184 total cases, 17 active cases and 11 individuals being monitored.

Toe River Health District, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery Counties, were notified today, about the following positive cases in our district.
Avery County had 0 new positives today which leaves them at 139 positive cases, 99 have recovered and 40 active. Yancey County had 0 new positives today which leaves them at 143 positive cases, 116 have recovered and 27 active and 1 death.

Mitchell County had 1 new positive today which puts them at 131 positive cases, 120 have recovered, 7 active and 4 deaths.