The Toe River Health District has reported the first case of coronavirus in Yancey County. The Avery Journal reports the case was confirmed on Sunday, May 3.

The Boone Town Council will hold a Special Meeting electronically on Thursday May 7 at 6:00 pm.

The Boone IHOP restaurant is closed with no plans to reopen.

The N.C. Department of Transportation has seen a sharp decline in revenue that has resulted in the department falling below the mandated cash floor of $293 million dollars.

Avery County Commissioners meet today to consider whether to end or extend the current State of Emergency in-place orders and whether to implement new restrictions due to COVID-19.

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has granted a five-month extension of the expiration date on more than two dozen DMV credentials, including driver licenses, learners permits, commercial driver licenses, vehicle registrations, special id cards and many others.

Avery County Health Department will be offering drive-thru testing for COVID-19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. 

Watauga County Schools has named its 2020-21 teachers of the year — one from each school in the district. Chosen by their peers, the group was selected from a group of more than 300 teachers district-wide at all grade levels.

North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley has issued an order to extend previously issued emergency directives until May 30.

AppHealthCare's recent press release outlines the COVID-19 expanded testing strategy moving forward.