The latest COVID case numbers from the Toe River Health District for September 14 - 20 show continued increases in cases in Avery Mitchell and Yancey Counties.

As of the 20th, there were 96 active cases in Avery, and there were 17 positives among fully vaccinated individuals.

There were only 61 cases in Mitchell, but 130 cases in Yancey.

There have been 15 COVID deaths in Avery since August 1.

The COVID-19 mobile testing unit is back at The Dive swimming pool on Shady Street in Newland, with testing available weekdays 9-5 and Saturdays 9-2.

To make an appointment call 877-562-4850, or visit