According to the CDC, all of North Carolina's counties are considered areas with HIGH community transmission rates, including all of the High Country counties.

AppHealthCare reports in Watauga, 55% have had at least one COVID vaccination shot, and 45% of the county remains unvaccinated. The rate of new cases and the positivity rate on testing are both down in Watauga compared to last week's update. There is one active case in the Watauga Detention Center outbreak, but no active cases in the Thunder Hill residence hall nor in the Goodnight Brothers outbreaks.

In Ashe, 50% have had at least one shot, and both the new case total and positivity rate are down from last week. As of September 9, there were no active cases in the Ashe Football outbreak.

In Alleghany, 54% are either partially or fully vaccinated. The active case numbers have increased over last week, but the positivity rate is down. There are no active clusters or outbreaks in Alleghany.

AppHealthCare offers COVID-19 testing by drive-thru Monday through Friday 8:30-10:00 am at each clinic location in the three counties. No appointment is needed. Vaccinations are available afternoons. Walk-in hours for vaccines are 1:00-4:00 pm, however, to avoid the wait, make an appointment at (828) 795-1970.