The N.C. Forest Service has lifted a ban on all open burning for Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey counties and 24 other counties in western North Carolina.

Rainfall amounts from Sunday through Monday morning ranged from 2 inches to as much as a 6 inch unofficial report across various areas of Watauga County, and 3-5 inches in other High Country counties, which led to flooding and damaged roads and bridges.

Here are testing numbers for Thursday, April 9, 2020 from AppHealthCare. A positive case count is online and will typically be updated in the afternoons each day.

The Watauga Community Recreation Center will delay its planned opening as a result of COVID-19.

A total of 29 local restaurants and food distribution sites served a reported 8,832 meals during the second #KeepBooneHealthy Takeout Tuesday, held on April 7th.

Governor Roy Cooper took action to the address the spread of COVID-19 by issuing stronger social distancing requirements and speeding up the process to get benefits to people out of work through Executive Order No. 131.

A fourth Ashe County resident has tested positive for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). This case has known travel history and is recovering at home. The local health department staff have identified close contacts who are in quarantine.

On Wednesday April 8, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) was notified by AppHealthCare (the health department) that an ARHS employee who had recently traveled has tested positive for COVID-19.