The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announces the Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative, a new partnership with Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) and the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) to help stop the spread of COVID-19.


The Village of Sugar Mountain announced Monday that it will allow for the expiration of the town's restrictions on short-term rentals and quarantine of visitors staying overnight in the area. The original declaration set that expiration date as April 29. In a supplemental declaration issued April 27, the expiration date will now be May 8. 

AppHealthCare has released the latest testing numbers for Friday, April 24, 2020.

Ashe County Sheriff Phil Howell has identified two men arrested in a West Jefferson carjacking last week.

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to be a public health threat our nation, state and local communities are having to respond to and deal with each day. Watauga County and each municipality continue to be proactive in taking the necessary steps to slow the spread of this virus by all appropriate means.

Watauga County will continue the suspension of short-term rentals in light of Governor Cooper's extension of the Stay At Home order.

In light of Governor Cooper's Friday announcement concerning North Carolina schools, Watauga County School Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliot has written a letter to parents announcing the last day of instruction for Watauga County Schools. 

Officials with Grandfather Mountain announced on Saturday evening, April 25, that the 2020 edition of the annual Singing on the Mountain and the 65th annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games have both been canceled.

Here are AppHealthCare's testing numbers for Thursday, April 23, 2020.