The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to pose a looming threat to the public health and safety of the people of Avery County. Avery County Government continues to be proactive in taking the necessary steps to slow the spread through all appropriate means.

The Boone Town Council Thursday approved amendments to the town's COVID-19 restrictions that would require anyone arriving in the town of Boone (except work commuters) who previously overnighted outside Watauga County not be allowed to enter establishments open to the public until they have stayed in the county uninterrupted for for at least 14 days.

The Watauga County Park & Recreation department announced Wednesday that the Watauga County Commissioners voted to cancel all day camps for this summer, as well as youth baseball and softball leagues, due to COVID-19 concerns.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting its first case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19.

The Town of Beech Mountain has launched a website to keep the public informed of plans for a new water intake.

Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation has joined Watauga County Parks and Rec and has canceled summer camp this year.

On May 19th, Watauga County Commissioners approved modifications of their plan to lift the 14-day self-quarantine restriction for those arriving to the county for overnight stays and partially lift the short-term rental restriction in order to align with Governor Cooper’s phased plan for easing restrictions.

Officials at Stone Mountain State Park are making changes to operations after a series of incidents this past weekend resulted in the park being closed for some hours.